Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates


Background:

“In this business, if a girl wants a career, she has to be willing to strip. If
you’ve got a good bod, then why not show it?” Phoebe Cates

A top teen model of the late 1970s and romantic lead of 80s and 90s film and TV,
Phoebe Cates is perhaps best remembered with her roles as the “experience”
friend in successful comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), the love
interest in Joe Dante’s hit Gremlins (1984) and its follow-up Gremlins 2: The
New Batch (1990), as well as the vengeful actress in television films Lace
(1984) and Lace II (1985). She also played roles in Date with an Angel (1987),
James Bridges’ drama Bright Lights, Big City (1988), Shag (1989) and Heart of
Dixie (1989), Drop Dead Fred (1991), Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993), Princess
Caraboo (1994) and The Anniversary Party (2001). The retirement actress is now
managing her own gift boutique named Blue Tree on New York City’s Madison
Avenue.

As for personal life, the American beauty of Russian Jewish and Filipino descent
stands 5’ 6” tall and had measurements 31B-23-33 (as teen model in 1980) and
34B-23-34 (during the 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High). One of Harper’s “10
Most Beautiful Women in America (1984), Cates is married to celebrity Kevin
Kline and they have three children. When not in her gift store and nursing to
the children, she attends openings and benefits, as well as hosts dinner parties
for her celeb friends.


Ballet

Childhood and Family:

Born Phoebe Belle Katz, in New York, New York, on July 16, 1963, Phoebe Cates is
the daughter of producer/director Joseph Cates (born in 1924, died at age 74 of
leukemia complications) and his Filipina of Spanish-Chinese heritage wife. Her
Russian Jewish father later divorced Phoebe’s mother. She has three siblings:
sisters Alexandra and Valerie and a brother named Philip, and is a niece to
producer-writer Gilbert Cates (born in 1934). Raised in a family with an
entertainment background, Phoebe was exposed to the industry from a young age.
As for her education, Phoebe attended Professional Children’s School in New York
City and the School of American Ballet, but a knee injury forced 14-yaer-old
Phoebe to give up.

Phoebe met actor Kevin Kline in a film audition in 1983 and they married six
years later, on March 5, 1989. She gave birth to her first child, a son named
Owen Joseph Kline on October 14, 1991, followed by her second, daughter Greta
Simone Kline, who was born on March 21, 1994. On December 1, 2005, the couple
welcomed their third child, Autumn Belle Kline. The family recently divides
their time between a comfort penthouse in Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a
country estate in upstate New York.


Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Career:

The daughter of a producer/director, Phoebo Cates got her start as a teen model
before launching an acting career. A very flourishing model in late ‘70s, she
fronted several top magazines like Tiger Beat, Seventeen and Teen Beat as well
as starred in numerous advertisements. Her first acting job arrived with the
teen film Paradise (1982), a Blue Lagoon knockoff directed and written by Stuart
Gillard. The adventure/romance cast her as Sarah, a young lady who falls in love
with a young man, with whom she trapped in a desert oasis. However, it was her
sophomore effort in the Sean Penn- Jennifer Jason Leigh hit comedy Fast Times at
Ridgemont High (1982), where she did topless scene as an “experience” pal named
Linda, that helped set Cates’ star on the rise.

After making TV movie debut in Baby Sister and taking on the role of Christine
Ramsey in another teen film Private School (both 1983), Cates garnered attention
for her role as Kate Beringer, the sweet-natured lover of Zach Galligan in the
Joe Dante-helmed horror/comedy Gremlins (1984). The Steven Spielberg production
film was a hit and so was Cates. The actress earned additional notice when she
starred as ruthless actress Lili who comes out to devastate her mother who
dumped her at birth in the ABC film Lace (1984), a role she reprised for the
1985 less fame sequel Lace II.

Still in 1984, Cates debuted on off-Broadway with “The Nest of the Wood Grouse.”
She later added her stage credits with performances in David Hwang’s “Rich
Relations,” the La Jolla Playhouse production of Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull” (as
Nina), Chicago’s Goodman Theatre production of “Romeo and Juliet” (as Juliet),
the New York Public Theatre “Much Ado About Nothing” and the Broadway play “The
Tenth Man” (1989). During the same periods, she continued her on screen career
by having roles in Date with an Angel (1987), James Bridges’ drama Bright
Lights, Big City (1988, portrayed Michael J Fox’s alienated wife), Shag (1989)
and Heart of Dixie (1989).

A year after marrying award-winning performer Kevin Kline, Cates appeared in
television movie Largo Desolato (1990, as young Philosophy student), made a
cameo role as her husband’s girlfriend in Lawrence Kasdan’s I Love You to Death
(1990), before returning to her coveted role, as Kate for the antic continuation
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). 1991 saw Cates have a lead in the British
comedy Drop Dead Fred and abandon the film Father of the Bride due to pregnancy.
She didn’t make film until two years later when director Michael Steinberg had
her star opposite Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth and Eric Stoltz in drama-romance
Bodies, Rest & Motion. She then was cast in the title character of Michael
Austin’s Princess Caraboo (1994), a comedy that reunited Cates with husband
Kline. After the performance, Cates took many years hiatus to focus on her
motherly role. She made her way back to filmmaking seven years later with the
ensemble comedy The Anniversary Party, jointly directed by Alan Cumming and
Jennifer Jason Leigh. Cates appeared as Sophia Gold, a Hollywood actress who has
put acting on the backburner to become a full-time mother. Just like her role in
the film, Cates currently enjoys her time with her family, as well as operates
the Blue Tree, a gift store/boutique emporium she opened in 2005 on New York
City's Madison Avenue.


Awards:
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When you start out, you have to make compromises, which include doing films of lower quality.More Phoebe Cates quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Too many people are buying gifts for themselves when they pick out a gift for a friend.More Phoebe Cates quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are a lot of actors out there who've made one or two films and who never work again.More Phoebe Cates quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People follow proven formulas in any business.More Phoebe Cates quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Practical gifts are another great way to be thoughtful, and they work for anything from birthdays to dinner-party gifts.More Phoebe Cates quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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