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Lea Thompson

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Lea Thompson
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Lea Thompson at the Paramount Theater in February 2015
Born Lea Katherine Thompson
(1961-05-31) May 31, 1961 (age 55)
Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Howard Deutch (m. 1989)
Children Zoey and Madelyn Deutch

Lea Katherine Thompson (born May 31, 1961)[1] is an American actress, television director, and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films for which she is known include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Since 2011, she has co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the FreeForm (formerly known as ABC Family) series Switched at Birth.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Thompson was born in Rochester, Minnesota,[1] one of five children of Clifford and Barbara Barry Thompson.[2] Her mother is of Irish descent.[3]

She studied ballet as a girl and danced professionally by the age of 14, winning scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.[4] Told she did not have the right body to become a prima ballerina by Mikhail Baryshnikov himself, she changed her focus to acting.[4] Moving to New York at age 20, she performed in a number of Burger King advertisements in the 1980s along with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Elisabeth Shue, her eventual co-star in Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III.[4][5]


Thompson made her home-media screen debut in 1982 as Cecily “Sissy” Loper in the interactive live-action video game “MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?” and her movie significant debut in 1983, with Jaws 3-D. She recalled the film as “the very first movie I ever got, but I lied and said I had done a couple of other movies, so when I showed up, I really knew absolutely nothing. Also, I had said that I knew how to water-ski. And I did not. So I had, like, five days to learn really, really complicated water-skiing things, because I had to fit into the Sea World water-skiing show. I don’t even know how to swim!”[5] She followed this with All the Right Moves (1983), Red Dawn (1984), and The Wild Life (1984).

Thompson’s most famous role is that of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, with the first film released in 1985. Thompson’s character is the mother of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, whom Marty meets when she is a 1950s adolescent age after he travels back in time: he has to avoid having Lorraine fall in love with him instead of with his future father, George (Crispin Glover), which leads to awkward scenes where Lorraine is attracted to him.

In 1986, Thompson starred in SpaceCamp and Howard the Duck. For the latter film, she sang several songs on the soundtrack in character, as musician Beverly Switzler, who was the lead vocalist for a band called Cherry Bomb. The recordings appeared on the soundtrack album and on singles. Rounding out film appearances in the late 1980s, Thompson starred in Some Kind of Wonderful, Casual Sex?, and The Wizard of Loneliness. She also had a prominent role in the 1989 TV film Nightbreaker, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award. In the early 1990s, Thompson starred as the mother of the eponymous character in Dennis the Menace (1993), the villainess in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), and a snooty ballet instructor in The Little Rascals (1994). She also appeared in several TV films throughout the 1990s, including The Substitute Wife (1994) and The Right To Remain Silent (1996).

Thompson found moderate critical and popular success as the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999. In 1996, Thompson received a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series, while her show won for Favorite New TV Comedy Series.[6] Thompson also starred in a A Will of their Own, a 1998 American television mini-series directed by Karen Arthur. The film follows six generations of females within one family, and their struggle for power and independence in America. The film debuted on October 18, 1998 on the NBC network to strong critical reviews.

After a break from acting, Thompson went on to star in several Broadway plays. She later appeared in a TV series called For the People, which only lasted one season. She then starred in a TV film, Stealing Christmas (2003), starring Tony Danza and Betty White. Thompson also appeared in several episodes of the dramedy series Ed and in a guest role for one episode in 2004 on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; she played a woman whose embryos were stolen.

In 2005, Thompson began a series of made-for-TV films for the Hallmark Channel, in which she plays Jane Doe, an ex-secret agent turned housewife, who helps the government solve mysteries. Thompson directed two films from the Jane Doe series – Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder.

Thompson was a featured singer on Celebrity Duets and the second contestant eliminated in 2006. In April 2007 she starred in another TV film, A Life Interrupted, which premiered on Lifetime television.

At the 2008 Collectormania 13 Convention in Milton Keynes, UK

Thompson guest-starred on the show Head Case in January 2008. She appeared in the TV film Final Approach, which debuted in the U.S. on May 24, 2008.[7] Her film credits include Exit Speed, Spy School, Splinterheads, and Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer. She starred in the television movie The Christmas Clause, which received good reviews and ratings.

Thompson stars in Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake, an adventure game released in November 2012 by Big Fish Games.[8] Thompson’s daughter Madeline Deutch plays as a paranormal television-series host in it.

Since 2011, Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital.

In 2014, Thompson was a competitor on Dancing with the Stars: season 19. She was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev.[9] The couple was eliminated in the quarterfinals, finishing sixth place.[10] She also played Irene Steele in Left Behind.

Personal life[edit]

Thompson has been married to film director Howard Deutch since 1989. They first met on the set of Some Kind of Wonderful.[5]

Thompson and Deutch have two daughters, Madelyn and Zoey, with whom she sang on stage in the Bye Bye Birdie production for the 16th annual Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” in March 2008.[11] Both daughters are actresses.


Lea Thompson filmography

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Lea Thompson filmography
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Thompson at the 2009 NOH8 campaign
Years active 1982–present

The American actress Lea Thompson has performed in many well-known films and television series since the 1980s, among them the Back to the Future trilogy and Caroline in the City.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone? Cecily ‘Sissy’ Loper Video/debut
1983 Jaws 3-D Kelly Ann Bukowski
All the Right Moves Lisa Lietzke
1984 Red Dawn Erica Mason
Wild Life, TheThe Wild Life Anita
1985 Back to the Future Lorraine Baines McFly
1986 SpaceCamp Kathryn Fairly
Howard the Duck Beverly Switzler
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Amanda Jones
1988 Casual Sex? Stacy
Yellow Pages Marigold de la Hunt AKA Going Undercover
Wizard of Loneliness, TheThe Wizard of Loneliness Sybil
1989 Back to the Future Part II Lorraine McFly
1990 Back to the Future Part III Maggie/Lorraine McFly
1992 Article 99 Dr. Robin Van Dorn
1993 Stolen Babies Annie Beales
Dennis the Menace Mrs. Alice Mitchell
Beverly Hillbillies, TheThe Beverly Hillbillies Laura Jackson
1994 Little Rascals, TheThe Little Rascals Ms. Roberts
1998 Unknown Cyclist, TheThe Unknown Cyclist Melissa Cavatelli AKA 4 for the Road
2002 Fish Don’t Blink Clara
2003 Haunted Lighthouse Peg Van Legge Short film
2005 Come Away Home Carol
2006 10 Tricks Grace
2007 California Dreaming Ginger Gainor AKA Out of Omaha
2008 Spy School Claire Miller AKA Doubting Thomas
Senior Skip Day Cathleen Harris Video, DVD title: High School’s Day Off
Exit Speed Maudie McMinn
2009 Fatal Secrets Rebecca AKA Balancing the Books, also associate producer
Check, TheThe Check Darla Short film, ACME Comedy
Rock Slyde Master Bartologist DVD title: Rock Slyde: Private Eye
Splinterheads Susan Frost
2010 Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer Laura AKA I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer
Pork Chop Night Short, associate producer
2011 Thin Ice Jo Ann Prohaska AKA The Convincer
Mayor Cupcake Mary Maroni Also executive producer
The Trouble with the Truth Emily Also producer
J. Edgar Lela Rogers
2014 Ping Pong Summer Crandall Miracle
Left Behind Irene Steele
2015 The Wrong Side of Right Liz In post-production




Year Title Role Notes
1989 Nightbreaker Sally Matthews AKA Advance to Ground Zero, TV film
1989 Tales from the Crypt Sylvia Vane Episode: “Only Sin Deep
1990 Montana Peg Guthrie TV film
1993 Stolen Babies Annie Beales AKA Stolen Children, TV film
1994 Substitute Wife, TheThe Substitute Wife Amy Hightower AKA The Substitute, TV film
1995 Unspoken Truth, TheThe Unspoken Truth Brianne Hawkins AKA Living the Lie, TV film
1995 Friends Caroline Duffy Episode: “The One with the Baby on the Bus“, uncredited
1995–99 Caroline in the City Caroline Duffy 97 episodes, also producer on 22 episodes
1996 Right to Remain Silent, TheThe Right to Remain Silent Christine Paley TV film
1998 Will of their Own, AA Will of their Own Amanda Steward AKA Daughters of the New World, pilot episode
2002 Electric Geri Meyers Also producer
2002–03 For the People Chief Dep. Dist. Atty. Camille Paris 18 episodes
2003 Stealing Christmas Sarah Gibson TV film
2004 Ed Liz Stevens 3 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Michelle Osborne Episode: “Birthright
2005 Jane Doe: Vanishing Act Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology
2005 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don’t Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology
2005 Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology
2005 Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology
2006 Jane Doe: Yes, I Remember It Well Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology
2006 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology, also director
2007 Jane Doe: Ties That Bind Cathy Davis/Jane Doe AKA Jane Doe: Shaken & Stirred, Jane Doe TV anthology
2007 Life Interrupted, AA Life Interrupted Debbie Smith AKA The Debbie Smith Story, TV film
2007 Jane Doe: How to Fire Your Boss Cathy Davis Jane Doe TV anthology, video
2007 Final Approach Alicia Bender AKA Highjack, TV film
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Cathy Davis/Jane Doe Also director
2008 Head Case Herself Also writer on episode: “El Finks
2008 Christmas Clause, TheThe Christmas Clause Sophie AKA The Mrs. Clause, TV film
2010 Greek April Episode: “Camp Buy Me Love
2010 Uncle Nigel Abby Wells TV film
2011 Robot Chicken Lorraine Baines Episode: “Major League of Extraordinary Gentlemen“, voice
2011 Cabin, TheThe Cabin Lily MacDougall TV film
2011 Game of Your Life Abbie TV film
2011–present Switched at Birth Kathryn Kennish 73 episodes, also director on 2 episodes
2012 Love at the Christmas Table Elissa Beth Dixon AKA It’s a Wonderful Lifetime, TV film
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Julia AKA Five More
2013 Family Guy Lorraine McFly Voice, episode: “Finders Keepers
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jennifer Rhodes Episode: “Under a Cloud
2014 My Mother’s Future Husband Rene
2014–present Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Vonnie Zero Voice, recurring role
2014 A to Z Herself Episode: “‘A’ is for Acquaintances”
2015 The Muppets Herself Episode: 2
2016 Whose Line is it Anyway? Herself Episode: 15
2016 Scorpion Veronica Dineen Episode: “Mother Load”

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 CR: Back to the Future Lorraine Baines Voice
2012 Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake Cassandra Williams Voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1985 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Back to the Future Nominated
1987 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Some Kind of Wonderful Won
1990 Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Back to the Future Part II Won
1995 People’s Choice Awards Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series Caroline in the City Won
1996 Satellite Awards Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy Caroline in the City Nominated
1997 OFTA Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Caroline in the City Nominated
2014 American Movie Awards Best Actress The Trouble with the Truth Won