Molly Ringwald Played Claire Standish 30 Years Ago


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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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