Whatever Happened to Lea Thompson?

Lea Thompson

It never had the fame of the famous out of pool scene with Phoebe Cates from Fast Times at Ridgemont High but those of us who are 80s buffs should remember the full out nude scene featuring Lea Thompson and Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves.  It was at that moment that Lea would be destined for greatness.

And destined she was.  Lea went on to absolutely kick ass for the next 17 years of her career.  Most notably appearing in 80s hits like Back to the FutureCasual Sex, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Spacecamp.

Thompson took a bit of a lull in the early 90s but became relevant again in the mid 90’s with her show Caroline in the City (this is when sitcoms were sitcoms).   But like most women who are starting to show signs of age, Hollywood kind of writes you off unless you are a really really good actress.

So I’m wondering whatever happened to one of my favorite redheads of the 80s….


Lea is still going strong as an actress.  She’s just not landing anything of big significance.  Lea is almost 50 and has had bit roles in stuff like Jane Doe, Spy School,  and The Mrs. Clause.

I just want to give a shout out to Lea.  She’s still a little cutie and I miss her so.

  • You completely forgot her role in Howard the Duck. And forgetting that role means you also forgot the sexy little number she wore to bed.


  • Nattyb

    Oh I knew about it but Howard the Duck is known for being a horrible movie so I left it out.

  • Jon

    I am an 80’s movie lover too and, although Spacecamp is a guilty pleasure for me, how could you mention that movie and not mention Red Dawn?

  • E

    She’s currently in Minnesota, filming a movie called The Convincer.


  • MacGyver1138

    I’ve thought she was cute since the first time I saw Back to the Future when I was like 5. It’s cool to see a shout out to her after not seeing her in much for several years.

  • Xaos Bob

    She’s also on the next episode of Greek (Fox Family). Just found out!