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Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (born June 13, 1962[1]) is an American actress and author. Following her film debut in 1983's Bad Boys, she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985). She also acted in WarGames
WarGames
(1983) and Short Circuit (1986). For her performance in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art
High Art
(1998), Sheedy won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.[2] According to IMDB, High Art
High Art
was nominated for a number of awards, and won the GLAAD Media Awards 1999 Outstanding Film (Limited Release).[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life

3.1 Me too campaign

4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Books 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Sheedy was born in New York City[4] and has two siblings, brother Patrick and sister Meghan. Her mother, Charlotte (née Baum), is a writer and press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements,[5] and her father, John J. Sheedy, Jr., is a Manhattan advertising executive.[6][7] Sheedy's mother is Jewish, whereas her father is of Irish Catholic
Irish Catholic
background.[8] Her maternal grandmother was from Odessa, Ukraine.[9] Her parents divorced in 1971.[10] Sheedy attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
in New York City, graduating in 1980. She started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at age six[11] and was planning to make it a full-time career. However, she gave up dance in favor of acting full-time. At age 12 she wrote a book, She Was Nice to Mice; the book was published by McGraw-Hill
McGraw-Hill
and became a best-seller.[11] On June 19, 1975, she appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth[12] in her role as a young writer.[13] Career[edit]

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Sheedy started acting in local stage productions as a teenager. After appearing in several made-for-television films in 1981, as well as three episodes of the television series Hill Street Blues, she made her feature film debut in Bad Boys (1983), starring Sean Penn, where she played Penn's humiliated girlfriend. The 1980s were her most active period, with roles in popular films such as WarGames, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Short Circuit, and Maid to Order. Sheedy starred alongside Radha Mitchell
Radha Mitchell
in the 1998 independent film High Art, about a romance between two women and the power of art.[14] Her performance in High Art
High Art
was recognized with awards from the Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and National Society of Film Critics. In 1999, Sheedy took over the lead role in the off-Broadway production of the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She was the first female to play the part of the genderqueer Hedwig, but her run ended early amid "mixed" reviews, according to E! News.[15] That same year, she was cast as a lead actress in Sugar Town, an independent film, which featured an ensemble cast of actors and musicians.[16] She was reunited with Breakfast Club co-star Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall
when she became a special guest star on his television show The Dead Zone, in the second-season episode "Playing God," from 2003.[17] Sheedy has also appeared in the episode "Leapin' Lizards" of C.S.I. in which she played a woman who murdered her boyfriend's wife while mixed up in a cult. On March 3, 2008, Sheedy was introduced as the character Sarah, in the ABC Family
ABC Family
show Kyle XY. In 2009, she played the role of Mr. Yang on the USA Network
USA Network
television show Psych
Psych
(in the third season finale), a role that she reprised in the fourth season, fifth season, and seventh season finales. Personal life[edit] Sheedy dated Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
guitarist Richie Sambora
Richie Sambora
for less than a year in the 1980s. She stated in The Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
that the relationship led her to abuse drugs, a claim Sambora denied.[18] In 1985, Sheedy was admitted to Hazelden Foundation
Hazelden Foundation
and in the 1990s was treated for a sleeping pill addiction,[19] an experience which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in High Art.[20] On April 12, 1992, Sheedy married actor David Lansbury, the nephew of actress Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
and son of Edgar Lansbury, the original producer of Godspell. Their son Beckett[21] Lansbury was born in 1994. In May 2008, Sheedy announced that she and Lansbury had filed for divorce.[4][22] Me too campaign[edit] In January 2018, Sheedy tweeted the #MeToo hashtag along with the names of James Franco
James Franco
and Christian Slater
Christian Slater
indicating that they have been sexually inappropriate with her and that Franco was the reason she chose to leave show business. She later took down the tweets. When asked by Seth Meyers, Franco stated that he did not know why Sheedy would have tweeted those accusations.[23][24] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983 Bad Boys J.C. Walenski

1983 WarGames Jennifer Mack

1984 Oxford Blues Rona

1985 The Breakfast Club Allison Reynolds

1985 St. Elmo's Fire Leslie Hunter

1985 Twice in a Lifetime Helen

1986 Blue City Annie Rayford

1986 Short Circuit Stephanie Speck

1987 Maid to Order Jessie Montgomery

1988 Short Circuit 2 Stephanie Speck Voice cameo (uncredited)[citation needed]

1989 Heart of Dixie Maggie DeLoach

1990 Betsy's Wedding Connie Hopper

1990 Fear Cayce Bridges

1991 Only the Lonely Theresa Luna

1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Pam Block Cameo

1993 The Pickle Molly-Girl/Herself

1993 Man's Best Friend Lori Tanner

1994 Red Shoe Diaries
Red Shoe Diaries
4: Auto Erotica Karen Video; segment: "The Fling"

1995 One Night Stand Mickey Sanderson

1997 Macon County Jail Susan Reed

1997 The Definite Maybe Joanne

1997 Amnesia Martha Keller

1997 Highball Ally Sheedy

1998 High Art Lucy Berliner

1999 Advice from a Caterpillar Jan

1999 Sugar Town Liz

1999 The Autumn Heart Deborah

1999 I'll Take You There Bernice

2002 Just a Dream Maureen Sturbuck

2002 Happy Here and Now Lois

2003 A Good Night to Die Marie

2003 Shelter Island Louise 'Lou' Delamere

2004 Noise Charlotte Bancroft

2005 Shooting Livien Brea Epling

2007 Day Zero Dr. Reynolds

2007 The Junior Defenders Jill Fields Video

2007 Steam Laurie

2008 Harold Maureen Reynolds

2009 Perestroika Helen

2009 Life During Wartime Helen Jordan

2010 Welcome to the Rileys Harriet

2010 Ten Stories Tall Jackie

2014 Sins of our Youth Vicki

2014 Fugly! Stoddard

2016 Little Sister Joani Lunsford

2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Scott Summers' teacher Cameo

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Cathy Episode: "I Think I'm Having a Baby"

1981 The Best Little Girl in the World 1st Girl Movie

1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid Tracy Barnes Movie

1981 Homeroom Karen Chase TV short

1981 The Day the Loving Stopped Debbie Danner Movie

1981 Splendor in the Grass Hazel Movie

1982 Chicago Story

Episode: "Bright Lights, Big City"

1982 St. Elsewhere Diane Episode: "Samuels and the Kid"

1983 Hill Street Blues Kristen 3 episodes

1983 Deadly Lessons Marita Armstrong Movie

1990 The Lost Capone Kathleen Hart Movie

1992 Red Shoe Diaries Karen Episode: "Accidents Happen"

1992 Tattle Tale Laura Perot Movie

1993 Lethal Exposure Chris Cassidy Movie

1993 The Hidden Room Julia Episode: "Hungry Girls"

1993 Chantilly Lace Elizabeth Movie

1994 Ultimate Betrayal Adult Mary Rodgers Movie

1994 Parallel Lives Louise Movie

1994 The Haunting of Seacliff Inn Susan Enright Movie

1995 The Tin Soldier Billy's Mom Movie

1996 The Outer Limits Carter Jones Episode: "I Hear You Calling"

1996 Hijacked: Flight 285 Deni Patton Movie

1997 Country Justice Angie Baker Movie

1997 Buried Alive II Laura Riskin Movie

1998 The Fury Within Joanna Hanlon Movie

1999 Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge Det. Kelly Brooks Movie

2001 Oz Lisa Logan Episode: "Medium Rare"

2001 The Warden Helen Hewitt Movie

2001 Strange Frequency Lee Bonner Episode: "Daydream Believer"

2002 Once and Again Miriam Rose Miller Episode: "Aaron's List of Dreams"

2002 The Interrogation of Michael Crowe Cheryl Crowe Movie

2003 Life on the Line

Movie

2003 The Dead Zone Kate Moore Episode: "Playing God"

2006 The Veteran Sara Reid Movie

2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shannon Turner Episode: "Leapin' Lizards"

2008–2009 Kyle XY Sarah 4 episodes

2009 Citizen Jane Jane Alexander Movie

2009–2011/13 Psych Yang 4 episodes

2014 Not With My Daughter (AKA Client Seduction) Melissa Eco Movie

Books[edit]

She Was Nice to Mice (book), McGraw-Hill, 1975, ISBN 0-440-47844-8 Yesterday I Saw the Sun: Poems, Summit Books, 1991, ISBN 0-671-73130-0

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result

1983 Saturn Awards Best Actress WarGames Nominated

1983 Young Artist Awards Best Young Motion Picture Actress
Actress
in a Feature Film WarGames Nominated

1990 Saturn Awards Best Actress Fear Nominated

1993 Man's Best Friend Nominated

1999 Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead High Art Won

1999 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress
Actress
(tie) High Art Won

1999 National Society of Film Critics Best Actress
Actress
(tie) High Art Won

1999 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actress
Actress
(2nd place) High Art Nominated

1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress High Art Nominated

2005 MTV Movie Awards Silver Bucket of Excellence Award (shared with other main cast members) The Breakfast Club Won

2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards Best Ensemble Performance Life During Wartime Nominated

References[edit]

^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. [dead link] ^ Independent, Film. "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 31 Years of Nominees and Winners" (PDF). filmindependent.org. filmindependent.org. Retrieved 24 January 2017.  ^ High Art, retrieved 2018-01-18  ^ a b "Brat Packer Packs Up". New York Magazine. September 13, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2009.  ^ Leibovich, Lori (May 25, 1989). "Heroine Chic". Salon Magazine.  ^ "WEDDINGS; Marilyn Webb, John Sheedy Jr". The New York Times. March 21, 1993. Retrieved April 23, 2010.  ^ " Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Biography (1962–)".  ^ Collins, Glenn (May 27, 1991). "Celebrating a Place Where for So Many The Good Life Began". The New York Times. Retrieved April 23, 2010.  ^ Amy Sohn (2011). "Musicians, Mensches, and Muff-Diving: Ally Sheedy by Amy Sohn". Retrieved May 21, 2011.  ^ Margy Rochlin (June 14, 1998). " Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Makes a Bid To Be Taken Seriously". The New York Times. Retrieved September 2, 2012.  ^ a b Gary Dretzka (June 28, 1998). "Back from the edge, Ally Sheedy may be on the verge of another breakthrough". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 3, 2010.  ^ To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
TVseriesfinale.com ^ Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
appearance on To Tell the Truth, June 19, 1975. Rebroadcast on Game Show Network
Game Show Network
and viewed July 2, 2007. ^ Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
(3 July 1998). " High Art
High Art
Movie Review & Film Summary (1998)". Retrieved 15 January 2017.  ^ Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Inches Away from "Hedwig" (E! Online, December 17, 1999) ^ Kevin Thomas (17 September 1999). "Down and Out in 'Sugar Town' After Fame Has Fled". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 January 2017.  ^ "Season 2 Overview". The Dead Zone Official Website. Retrieved August 10, 2010.  ^ Richard Natale (June 10, 1998). "On the Upswing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 1, 2011.  ^ Rochlin, Margy (June 14, 1998). "FILM; Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Makes a Bid To Be Taken Seriously". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2010.  ^ Truth's Ally[permanent dead link] (interview with actress Ally Sheedy, by Elizabeth Weitzman, August 1998)[dead link] ^ Pieklo, Jessica; Gandi, Imani (November 2, 2017). "Boom! Lawyered: Beckett Lansbury and Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
on How to Be a Better Ally to Trans People". Retrieved November 7, 2017.  ^ Sheedy Divorces Husband Contact Music. May 28, 2008. ^ Yahr, Emily (January 11, 2018). " Seth Meyers
Seth Meyers
presses James Franco
James Franco
on why he hasn't contacted Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
about her tweets". Washington Post.  ^ Robinson, Joanna (January 7, 2018). "Why Did Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Call out Golden Globe Winner James Franco
James Franco
on Twitter?". Vanity Fair. 

External links[edit]

Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
on IMDb Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
at AllMovie Salon interview (June 25, 1998) New York Magazine interview (June 15, 1998) "Breakfast Club" cast interview at the Chicago Tribune (February 17, 1985) "The Poetry of Ally Sheedy: A Look Back" (February 24, 2012)

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Awards for Ally Sheedy

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Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead

Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1985) Isabella Rossellini
Isabella Rossellini
(1986) Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
(1987) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1988) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1989) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1990) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1991) Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk
(1992) Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd
(1993) Linda Fiorentino (1994) Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue
(1995) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(1996) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Catalina Sandino Moreno
Catalina Sandino Moreno
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Shareeka Epps (2006) Ellen Page
Ellen Page
(2007) Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
(2008) Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Michelle Williams (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2017)

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Florinda Bolkan
Florinda Bolkan
(1975) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1976) Shelley Duvall
Shelley Duvall
(1977) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1983) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1984) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1985) Sandrine Bonnaire
Sandrine Bonnaire
(1986) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
/ Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
(1987) Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
(1988) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
/ Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1994) Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
(1997) Fernanda Montenegro
Fernanda Montenegro
/ Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2002) Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Yolande Moreau
Yolande Moreau
(2009) Kim Hye-ja (2010) Yoon Jeong-hee (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
/ Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
/ Adèle Exarchopoulos
Adèle Exarchopoulos
(2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2017)

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress

Sylvie (1966) Bibi Andersson
Bibi Andersson
(1967) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1968) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1969) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(1972) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1973) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1974) Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Adjani
(1975) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Marília Pêra
Marília Pêra
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Debra Winger
Debra Winger
(1983) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1984) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1985) Chloe Webb
Chloe Webb
(1986) Emily Lloyd (1987) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1988) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1990) Alison Steadman
Alison Steadman
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh
(1994) Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue
(1995) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(1996) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
(1998) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(1999) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2000) Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
(2001) Diane Lane
Diane Lane
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
/ Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Yolande Moreau
Yolande Moreau
(2009) Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
(2010) Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst
(2011) Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2014) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2017)

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