Her role as the loveable freak Allison in The Breakfast Club showed her ability to tackle even the most difficult of roles and that she wasn’t only the ‘girlfriend’ for the leading man.
Ally’s body of work in the 90’s included the critically acclaimed High Art. She has since gone on to land roles in The Dead Zone and Kyle XY.
Ally Sheedy Biography
Ally’s big break was writing a story at age 12 about an encounter between Elizabeth I and a mouse. The story was picked up and published by McGraw-Hill and was titled ‘She Was Nice To Mice’. It became a bestseller.
From a very young age until her early teens Ally danced with the American Ballet Theatre. When she realized dancing meant a very strict diet regime she turned to acting full time. Still in her teens she was getting a lot of offers of work from various newspapers and magazines including the Village Voice and the New York Times.
Eventually, Ally decided to take an offer to write a piece on her and her Mother for Ms. Magazine.
An appearance on the Mike Douglas Show to promote her book led to her being signed by an agent who saw the show. At 18 Ally enrolled in the drama department at USC and soon landed roles in ‘The Best Little Girl In The World’, ‘Homeroom and ‘Hill Street Blues’. Her big break came as Sean Penn’s girlfriend JC in the film ‘Bad Boys’.
Her next role was in the 1983 movie ‘War Games’ with Matthew Broderick. After this came ‘Oxford Blues’ with Rob Lowe, ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘St Elmo’s Fire’.
In 1992 Ally married David Lansbury and in 1994 they had a daughter named Rebecca.
In recent years Ally has won Best Actress awards from both the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. She also won Best Female Lead from the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance as Lucy Berlinger in High Art.
Ally Sheedy Quotes
“I started writing because I used to tell stories to the children who lived nearby and when I was six I started writing them down. I write poetry and plays, too, and writing is important to me. It is important for me to express my feelings and thoughts. If I’m feeling angry or wonderful or upset or happy I just write it out and reread the feelings over and over again. When I’m depressed I read something I wrote when I was happy and I can feel a great lift in my spirits. I love writing!”
“It’s so unfair. The term “Brat Pack” is so condescending.”
Ally Sheedy Links
Ally Sheedy Pages – Great Ally site