Back to the Future Trilogy ♦ Caroline in the City ♦ Switched at Birth ♦ Jaws 3-D ♦ Some Kind of Wonderful ♦ Red Dawn(1984)
Lea Thompson stars as Kathryn Kennish, the matriarch of an upper-class family who just got the shock of her life- the baby girl she brought home from the hospital isn’t the one she gave birth to in the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. Emotions run high as Kathryn struggles with the realization that she has a biological daughter that she barely knows.
Moving easily between dramatic and comedic roles, actress Lea Thompson has established a career that encompasses film, television and theatre. She is perhaps best known for her role in Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future, I, II, and III (Kid’s Choice Award winner) and as the title character in the syndicated series, Caroline in the City, for which she won TV Guide and People’s Choice awards.
Thompson’s television highlights include the Showtime original movie The Right to Remain Silent; NBC’s made-for-television movies The Unspoken Truth and The Substitute Wife, and the miniseries A Will of Their Own with Thomas Gibson; TNT’s original movies Montana and Nightbreaker with Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen, for which she received a CableACE nomination; HBO’s Tales from the Crypt; USA’s Stealing Christmas with Tony Danza. She starred in Stolen Babies with Mary Tyler Moore, and in The Debbie Smith Story/A Life Interrupted for Lifetime, as well as being featured in the Lifetime series Intimate Portraits. Her NBC series Caroline in the City was must-see TV for four years, followed by the Lifetime series For the People. She starred in the Hallmark Channel Mystery Film series, Jane Doe, marking her first directorial achievements on a couple of the series’ films. Also for the Hallmark Channel, Thompson starred in Final Approach, a miniseries with Dean Cain and The Cabin, which filmed in Ireland. Notable television guest spots include Friends, The Larry Sanders Show, Ed, Law and Order: SVU and ABC Family’s Greek.
Theatre highlights include Bus Stop at the Pasadena Playhouse; Tony Kushner’s The Illusion for the Los Angeles Theatre Center; Long Time Coming at the Powerhouse Theatre; Charlie Bacon’s Family at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton; and The Trip Back Down at the Actors’ Repertory Theatre. Her personal favorite was as Sally Bowles in both the National Tour and the Broadway Studio 54 production of Sam Mendes’ revival of Cabaret. More recently, Lea has performed The Vagina Monologues, the Los Angeles Reprise Series of I Love My Wife with Jason Alexander and was the title character in Caroline in Jersey (no relation to Caroline in the City) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Thompson can often be seen performing for various charity functions around Los Angeles, including Breast Cancer Research’s What A Pair, the Alzheimer’s Association, the WeSpark Foundation and the Schleroderma Foundation, to name a few. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 22 years, film director Howard Deutch, their two very talented daughters, Zoey and Madelyn, and a menagerie of dogs, a cat, a parrot, loads of fish and several horses.
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