Who is Lea Thompson? Here are the Details

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Lea Thompson is an actress, director, and producer popular for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future film trilogy. She rose to popularity in the 1980s and 1990s by acting in many movies and TV shows. 

This article covers glimpses of her professional and personal life. Read it till the end to find out more about her. 

Who is Lea Thompson? 

Lea Thomspon is an American actress, director, producer, and dancer. She was born on the 31st of May, 1961, in Rochester, Minnesota. Lea was raised among her four siblings. Her mother is of Irish descent, and her parents divorced when Lea was only six. 

She attended Marshall University High School in Minneapolis. While studying ballet as a girl, Lea developed a strong passion for the art and decided to practice three to four hours daily. By the age of 14, Lea began to dance professionally. Her brother, Andrew, also took ballet classes along with her and went on to become a professional. 

A Passionate Ballet Dancer 

Through her young years, Lea dedicated her entire time to practicing ballet dancing. She even won several scholarships to various ballet schools, including the American Ballet Theatre and the San Francisco Ballet. She performed in more than 45 ballets with the American Ballet Theatre. Little did she know that her dream of becoming a ballet dancer would soon get shattered! 

Lea was once told by a ballet legend and American Ballet Theatre artistic director, Mikhail Baryshnikov, that she was a beautiful dancer but too stocky. Following his harsh comment, Lea compounded with a few nagging injuries and decided to give up her dancing career forever. 

It was not the end for the then-dancer. It was just the beginning of a successful acting career. 

Lea Thompson Started Acting 

After quitting the world of dancing forever, Thompson tried her stint in acting. She did get her fair share of fame and success.

Although she started her career in the industry in 1982, she did not get any major role. Lea starred in her first movie in 1983. The movie was called Jawbone 3D. It was an American horror thriller. However, it didn’t give her much popularity. Later that year, she appeared in All the Good Shots, Red Dawn, and Wildlife. However, the most popular role she scored was that in the Back to Future Trilogy. 

Her most famous role was that of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back of the Future trilogy. The movie was released in 1985, and Thompson portrayed the mother of Marty McFly. The audience loved Lea’s screen presence. 

Since 1986, the actress has starred in many other projects, including Spacecamp, Howard the Duck, Some Kind of Wonderful, Casual Sex?, and more. During the 1990s, Lea also appeared in several television films – The Surrogate Wife and The Right to Remain Silent are two of them. 

She even won the People’s Choice Award for her role in a New Comedy TV series that itself won the Favorite Comedy TV series in the same award show. After a few years, she was again seen gracing the screen in the role of Sarah Gibson in Stealing Christmas. Not only this, but Lea also appeared in several episodes of Ed, a popular comedy-drama on NBC TV. 

From 2011 to 2017, Lea appeared in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth. All these roles have helped her attain success in her career by leaps and bounds. Lea also has a massive fandom, and her fans love her. 

Lea Thompson’s Personal Life 

Lea Thompson exchanged vows with Howard Deutch on the 23rd of July, 1989. Howard is an American director who worked with John Hughes. He has been active as a director since 1986. Reportedly, he still enjoys his professional life and has a film production house called Beverly Hills Playhouse. 

So, how did the two meet? 

According to reports, Deutch met Lea while filming Some Kind of Wonderful, and the two started dating shortly after. He has already directed his wife in four movies. Even after two decades of marriage, the duo are much in love, as opposed to other couples in the entertainment industry. 

The duo have two daughters – Madelyn and Zoey. Interestingly, their eldest daughter also decided to follow in her parents’ footsteps and build a career in the entertainment industry. Madelyn is an American actress, model, writer, and musician. She appeared alongside her mother and sister in the movie Mayor Cupcake. She is also a part of the American television series Texas Rising and Outcast. 

Zoey, too, followed the league of building her profession in the entertainment industry. She is, however, more into modeling and fashion, but has appeared in Vampire Academy. 

What is Lea Thompson’s Net Worth? 

As of 2018, Lea Thompson’s net worth was recorded at a whopping $14 million. The latest information on her net worth and assets remains unknown. 

Things You Didn’t Know About Lee Thompson 

  • You can hear Lea Thompson’s voice on a movie soundtrack. She has sung several songs on the soundtrack for Howard the Duck as her character Beverly Switzler. 
  • Not many people know this, but Lee was engaged to Dennis Quaid from 1984 to 1987. However, the duo broke up, and the latter started dating Meg Ryan and even got married to her. Reportedly, Dennis cheated on Lea with Meg. 
  • When she was a novice actor, Lea appeared in a Burger King commercial alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar and Elisabeth Shue. 
  • Lea is a strong advocate of Alzheimer’s awareness. Both of her grandmothers succumbed to this disease in the 1980s. Her father-in-law and stepfather also had the same disease. Following this, she actively participates in events and campaigns and is often seen raising awareness about the subject. 

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