Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

American actress and director (b. 1961)
Lea Thompson

Lea Katherine Thompson (born May 31, 1961) is an American actress, 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 (1983), Red Dawn (1984), Howard the Duck (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), and The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). From 2011 to 2017, she co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family-turned Freeform series Switched at Birth.

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Lea Thompson was born on Wednesday, 31 May 1961 in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Her full name at birth was Lea Katherine Thompson. She is best known as an actress. Thompson's country of citizenship (nationality) is American. Lea attended high school at Marshall-University High School, Minneapolis, MN. She is 5' 4" (163 cm) tall and weighs 115 lbs (52 kg) with a slim build. She has light brown eyes and red hair (color). Her net worth is reported to be $14,000,000 US dollars. Lea Thompson is 62 years old and her zodiac star sign is Gemini.

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Full name at birth
Lea Katherine Thompson
Claim to fame
her roles as Lorraine Baines-McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy, Beverly Switzler in the 1986 superhero comedy film Howard the Duck, Caroline Duffy in the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City and Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family teen/family drama series Switched at Birth
Date of birth
31 May 1961
Place of birth
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Actress, Producer, Singer, Musician, Director
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5' 4" (163 cm)
115 lbs (52 kg)
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Net worth
$14,000,000 USD
High school
Marshall-University High School, Minneapolis, MN
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  • Gilbertson Management
  • Innovative Artists L.A.
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Partner: Howard Deutch (Married) 2 children
Oct 1986-
Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson
(2012, on Article 99 (1992)) Wow, that's a crazy movie. That movie was interesting because I was eight months pregnant when I did it. My husband directed it, and there was another actress in that part, but the studio didn't like her, so they said, "You picked the wrong person, so get your wife to do it for very little money, 'cause she's already there on location in Kansas, anyway". So, yeah, I stepped in for some poor actress who was fired, and it was a really great cast. Luckily, I was wearing a lab coat, so I could hide my big baby bulge, but I remember I did a lot of frantic scenes with Forest Whitaker, and, y'know, he's a big guy, so I was always afraid I was going to get smashed by him. But I was really proud of that movie. I really loved it. It was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. Now we're going to be having more and more issues with all of the veterans coming home, how we're going to treat them, and the state of health care in this country. I liked what that movie said, and I was really proud of Howard for making it. And sad that it didn't do better... It had an amazing score. Danny Elfman did the score, I remember that. And, you know, both my dad and my husband's dad were veterans, so it felt really powerful to do something for them, something about veterans. I was really proud of that. And, again, I was very pregnant. Poor Kiefer Sutherland had to kiss me. Or maybe just flirt with me. I don't remember if he actually kissed me, but either way, he's got to do this when I'm eight months pregnant... and in front of my husband, no less!
  • Was a ballet dancer until Mikhail Baryshnikov told her she was too stocky.
  • Her character`s name in Back to the Future (1985) underwent numerous changes when the script was being written. In an early draft her character was called Mary Ellen and in later drafts she was called Eileen before it finally became Lorraine.
  • It took approximately four hours to apply the makeup that would make her and co-stars Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson appear to be middle-aged adults in Back to the Future (1985).
  • Her brother, Andrew Thompson, was also a modern ballet dancer with the Colorado Ballet. They both took ballet classes throughout their youth and he helped her pay for her classes later on in life.
  • Danced in more than 45 ballets with the ABT.

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