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Molly Ringwald: A Star, Reborn

Former Hollywood teen sensation releases her vocal-jazz debut

Molly Ringwald
Molly Ringwald

Those who know Molly Ringwald only as the teenaged star of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and other John Hughes-helmed films are likely unaware that the pert redhead’s post-adolescent career has included a significant amount of musical theatre, including a Broadway revival of Cabaret. The girl-now 45 and a mother of three-can sing. But long before she strutted her stuff to “Mein Herr,” the former Brat Packer, who recently debuted with Except … Sometimes, was indelibly connected to jazz.

Born and raised in Northern California, she is the daughter of jazz pianist Bob Ringwald, noted for his work with the Fulton Street and Great Pacific jazz bands and as a founder of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Festival. “Our house was filled with jazz,” she recalls, “and I started singing with my dad at age 3. It was part of my upbringing. I’d come home from school and spend an hour and a half rehearsing with my dad. It was special time I got to spend with him, and we’ve had this really strong jazz connection ever since.”

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