As a young child from about age 6, she was a ham in that she loved to sing and be in front of a microphone. Isn’t the natural ability in a child always somehow shines? Her father was a blind jazz pianist. It wasn’t long before she started with a role on “The Facts of Life.” Her signature movies had a statement. In Sixteen Candles, her family forgets her 16th Birthday. In The Breakfast Club, she has to go to weekend detention, In Pretty In Pink, poor, she has to make her own prom dress.
Obviously, she did not make the best decisions in transitioning her teen movies into adult movies. In retrospect, how could she turn down the blockbuster movies with a great female part as the lead in Ghost and Pretty Woman. Hence, we haven’t seen much of her in the last 20 years. For all we know, she could have been one of those child stars that went into drug or some addiction and that is why she dropped out of sight. In her teen years, she was everywhere.