WHY IS PHOEBE CATES FAMOUS
Though in showbiz all her life, Phoebe’s main claim to fame has come from her work in seminal 1980s movies, like the teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High and the classic horror-comedy Gremlins.
Phoebe Cates Quote
” 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.”
Phoebe’s brand of bright-eyed girlishness made her the wet dream of many a frustrated 1980s adolescent.
With her beauty and vital energy, she personified an irresistible mix of innocence and worldliness.
She bared it all in her first movie, Paradise, while she was still a teenager
–so it’s impossible to think that Phoebe was ever shy.
“In this business, if a girl wants a career, she has to be willing to strip,” she has matter-of-factly claimed.
“If you’ve got a good bod, then why not show it?”
Phoebe gets no argument from us.
Phoebe Cates deserves credit for making the successful jump from modeling to acting in her youth,
and proving herself with serious dramatic roles on stage and screen.
Although her work has been sporadic over the last decade, no one can accuse her of being a one-hit wonder.
With her acting career on the backburner, Cates’ fame has understandably dimmed.
“People keep coming up to me and saying, ‘Aren’t you the woman from Lois & Clark?’” she comments.
Phoebe’s mostly known to fans of the films from her ’80s heyday, but there are a few die-hards.
For example, punk band Fenix TX paid homage to her with the song title “Phoebe Cates”
–although, who’s really heard of Fenix TX?
From her debut in Paradise and her memorable performance in the cult hit Fast Times at Ridgemont High,
to her role in the comedy Drop Dead Fred,
Phoebe Cates is still one of Hollywood’s classic beauties.
PHOEBE CATES BIOGRAPHY
Phoebe Belle Katz was born on July 16th, 1963 in New York City, into a family with Filipino and Russian Jewish roots.
Her father and uncle were both producers (who later adopted the stage name “Cates”), so from a young age Phoebe was accustomed to the show business milieu.
She attended Professional Children’s School in New York City as well as the School of American Ballet, until a knee injury in 1977 forced her to quit.
In the late ’70s, Cates had moderate success as a teen model, doing commercials and appearing in magazines like Seventeen.
She scored her first movie role in a Blue Lagoon knockoff called Paradise (1982).
She played Sarah, a young aristocrat stranded with a young man in a desert oasis, who predictably falls in love with the man.
“I was only 17 when I did my nude scenes,” Phoebe later explained.
“They were serious and more difficult because they were not easily justified.”