Phoebe Cates – Brooke Shields Wannabe

celeb: Phoebe Cates
occupation: Film Actress, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High

 Then

 

 

 

now

Woah. fat much?  Phoebe Cates kept her youth but not her beauty.  It must be all that emotional eating from stressing over acting roles. Phoebe was a well-known 80s actress but not one of the dreaded Back Pack (too much competition for Demi Moore). Phoebe tried her hand at modelling before getting into film, but her career was short-lived.  Instead in 1982, at 17,  she accepted the starring role in Paradise. She did several nude scenes in the movie, which mirrored the plot of  The Blue Lagoon, a successful Brooke Shields film. (See my blog Brooke Shields – Pretty Old, Baby). Phoebe regretted being in the movie, most likely due to the extensive full nudity and scathing critical reviews, and said, “what I learned was never to do a movie like that again.” (Ouch). Her co-star Willie Aames, stated, “she will have nothing to do with the film. She’s really upset about it. She won’t do any promotion with me.”
Video: Phoebe Cates in Paradise.
Video: Phoebe in Shag.

Phoebe’s subsequent film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) as Linda Barrett, was a major hit. Phoebe Cates’ bikini scene is one of the most memorable in 1980s films. The following year, she had a supporting role in the silly sex comedy Private School. This time however Phoebe played the “nice girl.” Finally a role where Phoebe didn’t flash her boobs. Her later roles were much more modest and oriented toward younger audiences, such as two Gremlins films, the first in 1984 being a box office hit. She appeared in several 80′s movies, although they didn’t garner her the success of Ridgement High or Gremlins. In 1984 she appeared with Michael J. Fox and Keifer Sutherland in Bright Lights, Big City. Phoebe radically changed her appearance for her role, cutting her long, black hair into a more sophisticated crop. The film was a mediocre success. She left the 80′s with two more utterly banal films under her belt: Shag and Heart of Dixie. Truly her career should have taken a nosedive here but somehow it didn’t.
video: Phoebe in Gremlins.
video:  Trailer: Bright Lights, Big City

Her face made the covers of teen magazines such as Seventeen, Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others. In 1984, she starred in the TV mini-series Lace.  She sought the role of Lili “to get away from a sameness in her movie portrayals.” What she reallhy meant was to make it seem like she could act when she couldn’t. I mean, look at those videos. During her audition, the writer wanted to hire her on the spot. Perhaps she did a bikini scene for him. The 90s brought about several ho-hum flicks including Drop Dead Fred, Bodies, Rest & Motion, and Princess Caraboo, an absolutely stupid box office bomb. (Ouch).The only halfway funny film she appeared briefly in was I Love You to Death, which starred her husband Kevin Kline, whom she married in 1989. Seriously.  Kevin Kline. Can you believe that? The guy’s old enough to be her grandfather. video: Drop Dead Fred Part 1

Now Phoebe would have us believe that after she and Kevin had two children she semi-retired from acting to raise her family. Sounds lovely, but the truth is she sucked. Phoebe snagged roles because she was cute and she was willing to take her clothes off. The girl couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag. After she acted in Princess Caraboo her career took a series nosedive. Well, no shit. Didn’t see that one coming. Phoebe didn’t reappear in movies until 2001 in The Anniversary Party a critical but not a box office success. The director was her best friend Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom she co-starred with in Ridgemont High.
video: Princess Caraboo Part 1
video: Phoebe on Late Night with Dave Letterman
video: Phoebe and Kevin in I Love You to Death
video: Trailer: I Love You to Death

Redemption
None
Comeback
None … its been 10 years since her last film
Comeback Grade:  B as in Bikini days are over, Phoebe

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61 Responses to Phoebe Cates – Brooke Shields Wannabe

  1. Chris says:

    It’s pretty sad that you had to bash Phoebe Cates like you did. I thought she was an excellent actress and enjoyed her films. I especially liked “Lace”. I’m still a fan, Phoebe.

  2. Jack says:

    Wow. He scribe, some of us don’t do as well in life as you do. Phoebe was & still is a looker, combining sexiness & approachable friendliness. She seems quite happy with her own successful NY shop, husband & family. Since nothing is guaranteed, that’s not too shabby. Way to go, Phoebe !

    • Michael Knight says:

      You are an “ASS”… How can you sit there and chastise a beautiful woman like Phoebe Cates. You should sit back and take a good look at yourself and pray to the gods you look half as good at her age as she does. As for her acting and possible come back, There are thousands of people who would embrace her if she wanted to come back to acting. Not only was she every boy of the 80s fantasy, she was a good actress also.

      • James Brookes says:

        I agree my friend I would love to see her act again, as you say she was a great actress, as for her looks she was and still is very beautiful.
        To you Phoebe if you read this page, don’t let the fool who had a go at you on this page upset you, you are a wonderful kind beautiful lady, and all your fans still love you sweet heart.

  3. James says:

    How can you even try to compare Brooke Shields to Phoebe Cates? Phoebe could sneeze something that looks better than Brooke Shields. BTW, Phoebe didn’t write Paradise she got paid to play a role. You sir should have been swallowed!

  4. Jon Crowley says:

    I think you mean Brat Pack, not Back Back. Dickwad.

  5. Stan says:

    You must be gay, drunk, blind or all of the above.
    Phoebe is the most beautiful woman which ever grace the silver screen.
    Her majestic beauty goes far beyond sexuality; it is such stunning that you just want to stop your life and hope that it will never end. Thanks God for giving us such beauty to live among us. Today some twenty nine years later she still looks better than most women half her age. Just look at her perfect face, perfect figure and those heavenly eyes, nothing before and after even comes close. If you are in New York visit her boutique called Blue Tree at 1283 Madison Ave and if you lucky you may see her there from time to time and you will understand.

    • James Brookes a true fan always says:

      Just had to comment on this Stan every thing you say is spot on, any Phoebe Cates fan can only be stunned by her majestic beauty goes for beyond sex as you say, the person who wrote this trash must be blind brain dead and beoned help!
      Ps don’t be hurt Phoebe by this brain dead fool.
      we all love you Phoebe and always will.

  6. Gaby214 says:

    I agree with everyone who commented here. You are a gossip magazine wannabe. When you don’t survive hollywood it doesn’t mean it is your fault. She is very beautiful and she is still flawless. She is way better than brooke shields who is more musculine. Stan is right, you should visit her boutique and maybe give her some flowers (if you are a man) for bashing her and for not knowing any better. She is very successful. If you are a female, then no wonder. You are just insecure. Oh and did you say “Ouch” several times after you bashed her well maybe it hurts since you are a wannabe. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Phoebe will always be the best in my book.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I’m blessed to have a girl as beautiful as her. I couldn’t be happier!

  9. Anonymous says:

    it’s not phoebe cates’ fault you were a loser in high school back in the 80′s

    • Noblelox says:

      This douche wasn’t at school in the 80′s, I bet they are at school now, or dropped out. Only a spotty kid would compare a 50 year old to their teenage self and rip them for getting a bit old.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why do you have to be a hater?

  11. Noblelox says:

    Well Teacher, lets see how good you look when you hit middle age and have had a couple of kids. it must be great to be a perfect as you, oh wait, you’re a douche, so you’re not perfect, it must suck to be you.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This person is definitely either an angry gay or an angry fat loser who probably still lives with his mommy

  13. Fuck You Teacher says:

    Pheobe your awesome and still hot as hell. This “blogger” is a LOSER!

  14. Irving Drinkwine says:

    Thank God for Pheobe Cates. She certainly helped ease the stress of my teen years.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Phoebe in Paradise, Fast times and Private School….may all my dreams be of Phoebe tonight! Blogger what you don’t understand is that we feel for Phoebe like you do for Clay Aiken.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Go fuck yourself. Phoebe was, and still is, a Goddess.

  17. Bill says:

    That is a beautiful woman. You can’t show a picture like that and not say that is a beautiful, beautiful woman. I think your sanity should be in question. Hot stuff then, hot stuff now, should be the title.
    PS You’re lucky girls don’t go around going postal or you’d have to be looking over your shoulder for Phoebe with an AK-47. And she’d look good doing that, too.

  18. sqish says:

    An example of a social and moral imbecile. Who would compose such a nit wit web-site?

    HUMAN.. EVOLVE Or . Go throw your monkey poo at other monkeys !

  19. Anonymous says:

    Still beautiful

  20. Mark Gibson says:

    Whomever wrote this article is obviously mentally challenged, and I mean that literally…. To spike this beautiful woman, accomplished actress, successful business owner, and dedicated wife and mother, only shows complete detachment from reality….. This person also shows envy and jealousy at the highest level, and does not even deserve a response other than a laugh, and a suggestion to seek medical help. .

  21. Anonymous says:

    How could anyone bash Phoebe in such a horble way she it the most beautiful woman in the world

  22. Jim Brookes says:

    How could anyone be so horible To the very beautiful Phoebe Cates, a great actress and successful business owner, Pheobe your fans all know we are blessed to have a woman as beautiful as you.
    PS who ever wrote this shit you should be ashamed of yourself!

  23. John says:

    like comment from Bill give me the AK 47 and I will soot the basterd!
    we all love you Phoebe.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Phoebe’s great… You are not.

  25. Michael says:

    I don’t understand why Phoebe doesn’t like the “Paradise”. In fact, I think it is better than the Blue Lagoon at that moment. It is the film to attract the eyes of many teenagers as me; so it led to the success of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” later. I am sure, without “Paradise”, it wouldn’t be have “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”.

    • James Brookes says:

      I like Paradise as well my friend good film, but Phoebe is greet in anythig she does, and even to this day she is still a verylovely beaytiful woman.

      • James Brookes says:

        I will try again this time with out typing mistakes, I like Paradise as well my friend good film, but Phoebe is greet in anythig she does, and even to this day she is still a very lovely beautiful woman.

  26. Forever fan says:

    Who is this blind ass wipe… dicking licking… colon cowboy… think he is dissing Phoebe??? she still looks hot for her age, Kevin you lucky dog

    • James Brookes says:

      Spot on my friend, I can’t think how anyone would want to hurt and upset beautiful lovely Phoebe, as for Kevin Kline, good look to the man, gues some one had to have Phoebe, but shure wish I was him, if I ever met her one day I would settle for just being her friend, that would be better than nothing at all.
      Don,t let the fool who wrote this upset you Phoebe, you are beautiful sweet heart!

  27. Brian says:

    Some loser who’s probably sitting in a trailer in his underwear surrounded by beer cans and thinks he’s some kind of expert. Hey idiot, mommy wants her computer back.

  28. Renan says:

    You fuckin’ IDIOT. If you told me that, personally, I’d kick your freaking ass.

    • James Brookes your fan for life. says:

      I completley agree Renan this man is a ferst class IDIOT. If you should read this page Phoebe, don’t be hurt by this brain dead fool, all your fans know, you are the most beautiful woman in the world and we all still love you very much sweet heart, I miss you like crazy.

  29. Jani says:

    All you people are pathetic morons! Phoebe Cates was cute at best and that was back in the day, she looks plain and pudgy now! Compare her to Diane Lane, Jennifer Tilly, Mary Louise Parker, Kelly Preston etc., who are her age or close and they all look a thousand times better! Face the fact, she didn’t age well and get over it! As far as her acting skills, they were very limited. If you think flashing your breasts constitutes great acting, go back to your free internet porn searches! And to say someone is gay because they do not think she’s all that is very narrow minded. Gay men know a beautiful woman when they see one just like any straight. Go crawl back in your holes!

  30. Vendredi says:

    “was a well-known 80s actress but not one of the dreaded Back Pack” — it’s ‘Brat’ Pack, moron.

    “After she acted in Princess Caraboo her career took a series nosedive. Well, no shit. Didn’t see that one coming.” — you meant a ‘serious’ nosedive, didn’t you?

    Whoever wrote this is a ‘series’ DUMB ASS and I definitely didn’t see that coming otherwise I’d gladly rewind the last minutes of my life wasted perusing this crap. Of course she’s past her prime now, and doesn’t absolutely ROCK her youthful smokin’ figure anymore; but that’s what time does unless the actress is willing to fork out the $$$ and go under the knife to keep her looks.

    As others have already expressed, she was and will be more than you’ll EVER be, Princess. Hope you see that one coming.

  31. John Brook says:

    You are the pathetic moron Jani because you have to go for her flashing your breasts, because that is the only way you can try to score points, you don’t talk about the great acting she did in Drop Dead Fred, Gremlins 1 & 2 Bodies Rest and Motion, Princess Caraboo, good acting and no Flashing breasts. Jennifer Tilly, Mary Louise Parker, Kelly Preston, all nice looking womwn, but nothing, as beautiful as Phoebe. as for Phoebe showing her breasts, if you have a beautiful body why not show it and that is what she did. it is your pathetic Jealousy talking Jani, because you wish you where as beautiful as Phoebe, You are as sad and pathetic as the man did this story, he was out to do a hatchet job like you, he did not even pic a picture of her today showing her true beauty, he picked one where she did not look her best, and we all take a bad picture some time, no mater how beautiful we are, I could show any one pictures of Phoebe today. And she is still very beautiful, As for Porn acting. Phoebe did some good acting clothes on or off. Yes I am a fan of Phoebe and I don’t need a porn site, because that in not how I see Phoebe, She is a beautiful woman if she has har clothes on, and she is a beautiful woman with a beautiful body if she as her clothes off! The number of People suporting Phoebe on this page, is what you can’t stand, Phoebe dislikers in a small number. Now you go crawl back in your holes! And sod off!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mr. Cognitively Challeneged blogger. Phoebe kicked ass and will forever be an 80s icon. I give her massive props for having her priorities straight and putting the limelight aside for the sake of her family. You rock forever Phoebe!

  33. Robert says:

    “Paradise” may not be a very good movie, and yet, it went down in history because it featured Phoebe and her majestic beauty. Watching this movie, I fell in love with her forever!

    • Jim Brookes says:

      What Phoebe fan could not fall in love with Phoebe watching her, it is impossible not too, as for Paradise, I think it was a good move, and I liked most of her movies, they where something diferent to other movies.

  34. kim says:

    I idolized Phoebe when I was younger, and still thinks she’s fabulous today. It’s really a shame that you seem to be so threatened by her that you feel the need to say such negative things..

  35. Jim Brookes says:

    Phoebe Belle Cates is great actress, and singer, and a very beautiful lady and Mr Kevin Kline as stayed with her all these years, he knows she is a real beauty.
    I would change places with him any day, you are a very beautiful lady Phoebe, I will adore you forever!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Your f****** brutal.

  37. Humanitarian says:

    I have a friend who delivers mattresses. He is the happiest man in the world. He brings comfort to many people. Phoebe made films and for a brief period, was a teenage icon. Who are you to criticize the vocation of others? Take a good look at yourself. You have a profession of bashing others. Very sad. I hope you can fill that empty void in your life with something more rewarding.

  38. Anonymous says:

    You dared to fight the Gremlins ehhhh!!!!!! How it feels now to be one of them!!!!!!

  39. Anonymous says:

    pheobe was my teenage fantasy. Not so much now. She didnt age well :(

  40. Bonnie says:

    It is really sad that your life is so miserable that you feel the need to publicly bash people who have done you no wrong and whom you have probably never even met. The old saying is “misery loves company”. In your case it must be the company of one. Good luck with the rest of your life and I do hope you find some kind of happiness one day.

  41. V says:

    Bonnie said it best. As far as yourself and the rest of the people out there who are slamming her looks and career, I bet you anyone of would jump at the chance to spend some time with her. And because you all are so classy, you would slam her again in some way only keeping the secret of how wonderful a person she actually is. You are a real piece of work, YOU are the PATHETIC one.

    Phoebe Cates, if you ever read this. Don’t ever let the loosers get you down. You are great!

  42. fb says:

    wow do you have some sort of vendetta against her? This article is unnecessarily brutal and makes me wonder if you were wronged by her. Hate much?!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Dude, Phoebe Cates is great. Why would anyone rip on Phoebe Cates? She still looks ho

  44. Anonymous says:

    Brook d

  45. Anonymous says:

    Brooke doesn’t have shit on Phoebe you douchebag! Phoebe has twice the class of Brooke shields. Who gave your idiotic ass a job writing this garbage anyway? Whoever it is, they need to rethink it, you wannabe writer!

  46. Isabelle D. says:

    Here is a GIRL – 80′s wanna-be – response : —» heuuuuuu you folks forgot something very important about OUR loved Phoebe —» SHE HAD 3 PREGNANCIES !!!!!! that is so normal that a woman gets her body changed, but now at 50 —» She is STILL very beautiful !!
    BRAVOOO! Phoebe for ALL of your projects, I am still ONE OF YOUR BIG FAN !!
    Love and Beauty, Isabelle D. from Québec XXX

  47. Anonymous says:

    This blogger is the biggest douche ever!!

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