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Molly Ringwald: Fame is 'really not that great'



Molly Ringwald/publicity photoOf all the '80s icons we fete on Stuck in the '80s, Molly Ringwald always seems to get the short end of the stick. Turns out Molly has always been a private person, she now says, not entirely unlike her characters in Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. She stays out of the media, off the big screen and out of the public spotlight. So when I saw her name pop up in an Australian newspaper article, it was a must-read.

Molly is promoting her new book Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. Here are some highlights from her interview with The Australian.

ON HER PRIVACY: "When you grow up in the spotlight you become very focused on people's expectations of you. I think I turned out OK, but becoming extremely famous early on is not ideal. It interrupts your life. People work their whole lives to become famous, and it's really not that great."

ON THE NEW BOOK: "It's for women, obviously. It's about reclaiming a sense of possibility. I feel like when you reach a certain stage life starts to tell you everything that you can't do: I'm too old to learn a language, too old to start a new career, too old to get out of a relationship - I'll never find another one. The book is about reclaiming the sense of I can do anything."

ON WATCHING SIXTEEN CANDLES WITH HER DAUGHTER: "Until I was sitting there watching it I didn't realise how many bad words there were. Lots of the raunchier stuff went over [Mathilda's] head - but the love story, that's what spoke to her."

Read the full interview on The Australian's website.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 8:58am]


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