Celebrity, model, and business owner best known on her behalf leading jobs in the strike films Fast Moments at Ridgemont Great and Gremlins. She went to the Professional Children’s College as well as the Juilliard College in hopes to become a dancer, also receiving a scholarship or grant to the institution of American Ballet. Nevertheless, a knee damage at 15 finished her dreams. She produced her performing debut in the 1982 film Heaven. Her dad Joseph Cates developed the classic video game present The $64,000 Issue and was a Broadway manufacturer. Her uncle Gilbert Cates was also a pioneer of early tv. She wedded Kevin Kline in 1989 and she’s a son called Owen and a girl called Frankie. She co-starred with Jennifer Jason Leigh in Fast Moments at Ridgemont Great.
Full Name Phoebe Cates
Date Of Birth July 16, 1963
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.7 m, 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Professional Children's School, School of American Ballet, Juilliard School
Nationality American, American
Spouse Kevin Kline, Kevin Kline
Children Frankie Cosmos, Owen Kline, Frankie Cosmos, Owen Kline
Parents Joseph Cates, Lily Cates, Joseph Cates, Lily Cates
Siblings Valerie Cates, Alexandra Cates, Phillip Cates, Jennifer Katharine Gates, Rory John Gates
Movies Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Paradise, Private School, Drop Dead Fred, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Anniversary Party, Princess Caraboo, Shag, Bright Lights, Big City, Date with an Angel, Bodies, Rest & Motion, Baby Sister, Heart of Dixie, Lace, Celebrity Skin Part 1, Lace II, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Gremlins, Paradise, Private School, Drop Dead Fred, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Anniversary Party, Princess Caraboo, Shag, Bright Lights, Big City, Date with an Angel, Bodies, Rest & Motion, Baby Sister, Heart of Dixie, Lace, Celebrity Skin Part 1, Lace II
TV Shows Lace, Lace II, Lace, Lace II
Star Sign Cancer
Opened a New York City boutique called Blue Tree. [October 2005]
She is good friends with Celebrity Stylist / Television Personality David Evangelista.
One of her first jobs at the age of 15 was being a plainclothes security person at Gallery Drug Store. She was given a basket and walked up and down the aisles pretending to shop whilst patrolling for shoplifters. She only ever caught one old woman stealing Band-Aids, but didn't turn her in.
Appeared on the cover of Seventeen Magazine at the age of 15 with braces. It was her first big modeling job, so she told the magazine that she would have her braces taken off before she shot her cover, but they insisted that she keep them.
Cousin of Gil Cates Jr..
Phoebe sings the "theme song" for the movie Paradise (1982), which is heard during the ending credits.
Met her future husband, Kevin Kline, when she auditioned for the part of Chloe in The Big Chill (1983), that eventually went to Meg Tilly.
Although retired from making films, she has put her son Owen Kline into the movies, often showing up on the set to make sure he is behaving. He has appeared in The Anniversary Party (2001) and as a lead role in The Squid and the Whale (2005).
She is good friends with actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. They met while filming Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) together.
Has a daughter, Greta Kline (b. 1994), and a son, Owen Kline (b. 1991).
Sister-in-law of producer Kate Kline May.
Named on Harper's Bazaar's list of America's 10 Most Beautiful Women
Cates's maternal grandfather was of Chinese Filipino descent, while both her father and her maternal grandmother were of Russian Jewish origin.
According to Izumi Matsumoto, the creator of Kimagure Orange Road (1987) a popular manga series (Japanese comic) and animated TV-series. Ms Cates was the inspiration behind the beautiful character Ayukawa Madoka.
Since her 'retirement' from films, she and her movie star husband, Kevin Kline, divide their time between their country estate in upstate New York and their luxury penthouse in Manhattan's tony upper east side. When not supporting her husband's continuing fine stage and film work, she fills her time attending openings and benefits and her favorite activity, hosting dinner parties and 'dishing the dirt' with her celebrity friends.
Before turning to acting, she worked as a teen model in the pages of "Seventeen", etc.
Has an older sister, Valerie Cates, and a younger sister, Alexandra Cates.
The punk band "Fenix TX" wrote a song about her entitled "Phoebe Cates".
In the movie Private School (1983), Cates sings two of the soundtrack songs: "Just One Touch" and "How Do I Let You Know".
Cates was originally going to play the role of Annie Banks in the remake of Father of the Bride (1991) but became pregnant so she had to drop out. The role then went to Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Godmother was Jacqueline Susann.
Niece of producer/director Gilbert Cates.
Daughter of producer/director Joseph Cates.
Kate Beringer (voice)
The Anniversary Party
Princess Caraboo / Mary Baker
Bodies, Rest & Motion
Drop Dead Fred
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Cronin
Young Philosophy Student
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
I Love You to Death
Joey's Girl at Disco (uncredited)
Heart of Dixie
Bright Lights, Big City
Date with an Angel
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
performer: "How Do I Let You Know", "Just One Touch"
performer: "Paradise Theme"
The Squid and the Whale
The 71st Annual Tony Awards
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
TV Special documentary
The 58th Annual Tony Awards
Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
VH-1 Where Are They Now?
TV Series documentary
Scratch the Surface
Late Show with David Letterman
My Life's in Turnaround
Late Night with David Letterman
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards
Married Is Better
100 Greatest Teen Stars
Retrosexual: The 80's
TV Mini-Series documentary
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second
Celebrity Naked Ambition
TV Movie documentary
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!
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If the film, play or any project I'm involved in requires some sort of violence or nudity to advance the plot, scene or character in any way, then I would be considered unprofessional not to oblige. Of course, I want to make sure -- and I think I always have -- that the scenes are shot in good taste. I try to have some control; now that I know what I'm capable of including in a contract, I can continue that control. Nudity is not something I necessarily want to avoid and yet it's not the most fun thing in the world to do. It's part of the job as far as I'm concerned because you bare yourself emotionally and that's just as terrifying as baring yourself physically. It's all part of acting.
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?
"I was only 17 when I did my nude scenes in Paradise (1982). They were serious and more difficult because they were not easily justified. But the topless scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) was funny, which made it easy".
Kids today are much more independent than their parents were. We're really into getting jobs and we mature sexually much earlier than a generation ago. Or, at least, we are involved in sex earlier.
Young people are more sophisticated today, thanks to magazines and movies and even porno cable television. As a New Yorker I think I've matured faster than other young people. I'm street smart.
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