Sunday, April 24, 2011

Phoebe Cates who played Linda Barrett in Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Phoebe Cates was born July 16, 1963 in New York, New York.  She is most famous for playing Linda Barrett in the teen movie Fast Times At Ridgemont High.  She also starred as Kate Beringer in the Gremlins movie series.

Phoebe Cates then

Phoebe made her acting debut in the 1982 film Paradise co-starring Willie Aames and Tuvia Tavi.  Being a talented singer, Cates also happened to have sang the title song for the film.

Phoebe Cates and Willie Aames starred in Paradise 1982
Phoebe Cates and Willie Aames starred in Paradise 1982

It was also in 1982 that Cates made her most famous appearance as Linda Barrett in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.  She co-starred with Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Ray Walston, Robert Romanus, Vincent Schiavelli, Amanda Wyss, and Forest Whitaker.  Although she was not the main star of the film, Phoebe was the center of the scene many consider the most sexiest scene in movie history to date when she drops her bikini top in slow motion as she was walking across a diving board to jump into a swimming pool.  At 17, Cates was certainly not shy about doing nude scenes.  For the movie Paradise she did several fully nude scenes for which later she expressed regret in doing.

Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982
Phoebe Cates in what many regard as the sexiest scene in film to date in Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982.
Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Fast Times at Ridgemont High 1982

Phoebe would go on to star in Baby Sister co-starring Ted Wass, Pamela Bellwood, Jill Jacobson, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., and Virginia Kiser (1983); Private School co-starring Betsy Russell, Matthew Modine, Michael Zorek, Ray Walston, Sylvia Kristel, and Kathleen Wilhoite (1983); and Lace co-starring Bess Armstrong, Brooke Adams, Arielle Dombasle, Angela Lansbury, and Anthony Higgins (1984).

Phoebe Cates in Private School 1983
Phoebe Cates in Lace 1984

It was in 1984 that Phoebe would star as Kate Beringer in Gremlins co-starring Hoyt Axton, Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman, Arnie Moore, Polly Holliday, Harry Carey Jr., and Donald Elson. 

Phoebe Cates and Zach Galligan in Gremlins 1984
Phoebe Cates in Gremlins

Cates would go on to star in Lace II with Brooke Adams, Deborah Raffin, Arielle Dombasle, Anthony Higgins, James Read, and Christopher Cazenove (1985); Date with an Angel co-starring Emmanuelle Béart, Michael E. Knight, David Dukes, and Emmanuelle Béart (1987); Bright Lights, Big City co-starring Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Swoosie Kurtz, John Houseman, Frances Sternhagen, Tracy Pollan, Diane West, and Charlie Schlatter (1988); Shag co-starring Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish, Page Hannah, Robert Rusler, Scott Coffey, and Leilani Sarelle (1989); Heart of Dixie co-starring Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, Treat Williams, and Lisa Zane (1989); Largo Desolato co-starring F. Murray Abraham, Sally Kirkland, Amy Wright, David Margulies, and George Martin (1990); and I Love You to Death co-starring Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, River Phoenix, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves, Joan Plowright, and Heather Graham (1990).

Phoebe Cates in Bright Lights, Big City 1988

It was also in 1990 that Phoebe starred in the sequel to Gremlins, Gremlins 2: The New Batch co-starring Zach Galligan, John Glover, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, and Robert Prosky.  The following year she starred in Drop Dead Fred with Rik Mayall, Marsha Mason, Carrie Fisher, Tim Matheson, Ashley Peldon, and Keith Charles (1991).

Phoebe Cates in Drop Dead Fred 1991

Cates would go on two to star in Bodies, Rest & Motion co-starring Bridget Fonda, Eric Stoltz, Alicia Witt, Tim Roth, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, and Peter Fonda (1993); and Princess Caraboo co-starring Jim Broadbent, Wendy Hughes, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow, and Stephen Rea (1994).

Phoebe Cates in Princess Caraboo 1994

It would be some time before Phoebe would make another appearance.  In 1989, she married the co-star of several of her films, Kevin Kline.  They had two children, Owen and Greta, and Phoebe spent time raising them through the 90s.  

Phoebe Cates and husband/co-star Kevin Kline in 2004

Phoebe's children and husband co-starred with her in last appearance in The Anniversary Party (2001).  She also co-starred with Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Parker Posey, John Benjamin Hickey, Steven Freedman, Mina Badie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Beals, and Jane Adams.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline, and Phoebe Cates at the premier of The Anniversary Party 2001

Phoebe Cates and her children Owen Kline and Greta Kline who co-starred with her in The Anniversary Party 2001

Phoebe became an entrepreneur in 2005, opening a boutique in New York City named Blue Tree.


  1. I cant believe she married that old lecher. She took those fantastic genes, and co mingled them with common hollywood.semetic stock. Somebody has a daddy complex. Oh well, typical liberal hollywood lunacy. Dentists should pay her to model her jaw structure. Something about the way her teeth set that has driven me wild for the last 30 years. God she was fine. Im talking cold sweat, stomach ache, heart poundingly fine. Im talking running through a rainstorm in a members only jacket while U2's in the name of love plays in the background fine. Im talking writing her name on the sidewalk in blood in front of her house drunk at midnite fine.

    1. lmfao....'common semetic stock' jeez...that had me blowin' snot bubbles and holding my side. Glad she finally woke up and they're seperated now. maybe she'll finally get some good dick she always deserved.

    2. Kline is hardly an old lecher, and you sound like an anti-semite.

    3. They are not separated.

  2. trthmster you just seem jealous! even if she would have Brad Pitt! it is not synonymous of happiness. I love many movies in the man acting career, drama or comedy he is so good!

  3. why does everyone have to throw the race card around in every public conversation? Isn't it a little bit ridiculous? the first to throw the race card is the racist, because that's all they're thinking about is everyone else's race. AND That's how you call someone a racist, proper like.