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Molly Ringwald Played Claire Standish 30 Years Ago

    March 27, 2014
    Mike Fossum
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Actress Molly Ringwald, once called the greatest teen star of all time, celebrated her 46th birthday last month, and will see the 30th anniversary of the release of her iconic coming of age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club next year. Though, The Breakfast Club was actually set on March 24th, 1984 in suburban Chicago in the script penned by director John Hughes. Ringwald played “princess” Claire Standish.

The Breakfast Club concerns five teens of varying high school crowds spending a Saturday together in detention, and eventually realizing that they are more complex than their respective stereotypes would deem, all while battling a corrupt principal. The film is regarded as one of the best teen movies ever produced, and was likewise noteworthy for featuring the “Brat Pack,” which included actors Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.

Ringwald had also appeared in the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, and was a major box office draw during her 80’s heyday. With a reported budget on $1 million, The Breakfast Club became a major success, raking in $45,875,171 domestically and $51,525,171 worldwide. The film has a 91% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was ranked #369 by Empire magazine in their The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time list in 2008

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Fans of the movie took to Twitter recalling the 3-decade anniversary of the Brat Pack’s day in detention:

Since the height of her stardom in the 1980’s, Ringwald has acted steadily, and has most notably appeared as a regular cast member of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The actress was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Parental Unit, which she’d shared with actor Mark Derwin.

Ringwald married Greek-American writer and book editor Panio Gianopoulos in 2007. The couple has a daughter, Mathilda Ereni, and twins, Adele Georgiana and Roman Stylianos. Her pregnancy with the twins was written into the story of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

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  • https://www.kmanthie.wordpress.com kmanthie

    Paul Gleason, who played the “adult” in The BREAKFAST CLUB detention setting, was NOT the “principal” of the school – could anyone imagine the principal of a school actually so low on employees or budget or something and taking his Sat, off to run a “detention” day? No – the guy Gleason played (I think Paul Gleason actually died a couple years ago-he was in a lot of films in character roles) was a cynical, hypocritical figure – I can’t remember exactly what his job title was in the film, but he was some sort of “discipline czar”, for lack of a better term. But he was not the principal, I know that…

    • me

      Yep. Paul Gleason. He died in 2006. He played the asst. principal in The Breakfast Club.

  • http://www.morgainm.wordpress.com Morgain

    This article is filled with the worst grammar and technical mistakes I’ve ever seen. Not sure why this writer can’t spell or put a sentence together correctly.

    “Though, The Breakfast Club was actually set
    on March 24th, 1984 in suburban Chicago in the script, penned by
    director John Hughes. Ringwald played “princess” Claire Standish.”

    This guy needs to go back and proofread his work before he hits “post”.

    • LVI DaHat

      That might be a bit of a problem…considering that John Hughes has been dead as of August 2009.

  • Ray W

    “Answer the question Claire”

  • dairyking887

    Terrible film. Nothing at all like the high school I experienced in the early 80s. High school as viewed through the voyeuristic eyes of an adult who believes every person can be slotted into a stereotype of one kind or another. Pathetic. Like almost all movies, though.

    • Guest

      Sucks to be you.

  • Aaron Ververs

    I’ll never be able to confirm it, but I have always had a strong conviction that Molly Ringwald is likely a world-class fellatist; when I look at her mouth, her lips, the way she shapes them – she appears to be a natural. I’d wager she’s among the best.

    • getaloadofthis

      Something tells me you have very little (if any) experience on the receiving end.

  • JOsgl

    “The Breakfast Club” came out in ’85, though; “Sixteen Candles,” however, DID come out in ’84.

    • http://apa-security.com phammond

      You may be correct about “The Breakfast Club” hitting the screens in ’85; but I think it was the Christmas season of ’84. I remember it being in the theaters, but waited for VHS to see it. “Back to the Future” was in theaters at the same time.

  • MattB

    I don’t think corrupt was a fair description.