Remember Phoebe Cates? This is why the ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ star left her acting career

One of the most well-known bikini scenes ever was filmed by Phoebe Cates. Cates became a popular figure when he posed topless by the pool in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High.It was described as “the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history” by Rolling Stone magazine.

For Cates, acting appeared to come naturally, having been raised in a family of actors and filmmakers.

She loved dancing as a child and was even awarded a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, but she had to give up at the age of 14 because of a knee injury.

She replaced her love of dancing at the moment with modeling. After Cates’ appearances in numerous teen-focused periodicals, she rose to fame. She was among the others who appeared four times on the cover of Seventeen magazine. But eventually, she decided she had had enough and started making movies.

It was simply the same thing, repeated repeatedly. With regard to her modeling career, she admitted, “After a while, I did it just for the money.”

Cates trained with Robert Ravan, the creator of The Actors’ Circle in New York, after meeting her agent one evening at a party at the renowned Studio 54 in New York.

“I knew from away that I didn’t want to attend college. And that if I could obtain a few DVDs or whatever, that would be a terrific way for me to graduate from college. Sincerely. She said to The Daily Item in 1985, “It’s true.

After making her acting debut in the 1982 picture Paradise as Sarah, Cates went on to star in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Experienced.

“A girl must be willing to undress if she wants a career in this industry. Regarding the famous scene, she remarked, “If you’ve got a good body, then why not show it?”

At the time of its release, Fast Times at Ridgemont High included a number of well-known actors in development, including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Eric Stoltz, and Forest Whitaker.

We were all so young when we made it, so it was kind of funny. After that, it became a huge hit, to the point where you could go to the theater and hear people reciting the lines, and it was clear that people had watched the film multiple times, Jennifer Jason Leigh told The Daily News.

Although Cates’ career flourished, she ultimately made the decision to give up acting.

Phoebe Cates (Image sourced from Getty Images by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection)

This choice was heavily influenced by her decision to become a mother as she and her husband, critically acclaimed theater actor Kevin Kline, who is 16 years her senior, decided to switch off acting gigs so the kids would never be left without a parent.

Kline and Cates were wed for 33 years. In 2017, the pair celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary and discussed how important it is to take care of your marriage in order to have a long-lasting one, according to Kline.

The former teenage actress and model now has her own store. Her family lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where her boutique Blue Tree is situated at 1283 Madison Avenue.

She works a 9 to 5 job selling presents, clothes, and fragrances.
On June 11, 2017, Phoebe Cates was present at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 71st Annual Tony Awards. (Image by WireImage/Jim Spellman)

Phoebe Cates is still stunningly beautiful, which is one thing that hasn’t changed.

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