Phoebe Cates starred in a number of movies, such as Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred, but she will be best known for her iconic, topless pool scene in the 1982 picture Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The ex-actress, however, left Hollywood more than 20 years ago, and she now works 9 to 5 doing something she loves.
On July 16, 1963, Phoebe Belle Cates was born in New York City. She went to private schools when she was younger and learned dance at Julliard.
Phoebe was born with acting in her blood because her uncle served as the Director’s Guild president and her father, Joe Cates, was a producer-director. Her sister Valerie worked on stage as well, and her brother was a former actor.
When Phoebe was younger, she initially pursued dance, but she was forced to give it up due to a knee injury.
Instead, she started modeling at age 14 and had some success. For instance, she was featured four times on the cover of Seventeen magazine. She didn’t have any interest for the job though, so she started broadening her horizons.
“It was always the exact same thing. When talking about her brief modeling career, Phoebe said, “After a while, I did it just for the money.
She eventually met her movie agency at a Studio 54 party in New York, and after that, she studied acting with Robert Ravan, who founded The Actors’ Circle there.
“I simply understood that I did not want to attend college. And that if I could acquire a few movies or anything, that would be a terrific way to get out of college. Seriously. She said as much to The Daily Item in 1985.
Cates made her acting debut in 1982 as Sarah in Paradise. She had also studied with Alice Spivack of the H.B. Studios. She appeared in Experienced and then the renowned Fast Times at Ridgemont High with the infamous swimming pool scene less than a year later.
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Phoebe offered her opinion in 1982.
“In this industry, a woman must be willing to strip in order to succeed. Why not flaunt your good figure if you have one? she asked.
When you look at the cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High now, you may see some current actors like Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eric Stoltz, and Forest Whitaker.
Well, because we were all so young when we made it, it was a funny thing. After that, it became a huge hit, as evidenced by the fact that when you went to the theater, people would recite the dialogue and it was clear that they had watched the film numerous times, according to Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Later, Phoebe appeared as Christine Ramsey in Private School in 1983 and co-starred in Steven Spielberg’s Gremlins in 1984 while also working in the theater. When Phoebe went to an audition for the 1983 movie The Big Chill, she ran across Kevin Kline, a well-known theatrical performer. Despite not getting the part, Cates did eventually find love.
Despite Kline and Cates being 16 years apart in age, their relationship did not begin until two years after they first met. Kline hired the former assistant of Cates, and he later requested the worker’s assistance in approaching the actress.
Cates and Kline, who were 25 and 41 years old, got married in New York City in 1989. Cates gave birth to Owen Joseph, their first child, in 1991. Greta Simone, their daughter, was born to her in 1994.
When the pair announced in 2017 that they had been married for an incredible 27 years, many people questioned what had kept them so content and together for so long.
Kline stated, “We take care of the marriage.
Cates had made the decision to stay away from acting after the birth of her children, despite the fact that she was succeeding at the time. She began to disappear from the entertainment scene in the 1990s.
She told Playboy in 1998 that she and her husband had decided to switch acting gigs in order to ensure that their children would never be left without a parent.
When it came her turn to work, Cates would still decide to stay home with the kids, Kline would add. While Cates occasionally performed as an actor, she started to appear more frequently at red-carpet occasions with her husband, who continued to perform as an actor more frequently.
Cates opened Blue Tree in 2005, not far from the renowned Carnegie Hall. Products including clothing, presents, and fragrances may be bought at the shop.
Cates committed herself to working as a shopkeeper full-time, frequently helping out in the shop or looking for new items to sell. The location of Phoebe’s shop today is 1283 Madison Avenue in New York City, which is also where she currently resides.
And for the record, Phoebe still has a gorgeous appearance!