Phoebe Cates

Universal Pictures

The Gremlins and Bright Lights, Big City star became one of the most in-demand actresses of the 1980s thanks to her breakout role in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High (above) — in which she may be best-remembered for a pool fantasy sequence that became an iconic ’80s touchstone.

She left acting for the most part after starring in 1994’s Princess Caraboo with her husband, Kevin Kline. She chose to focus on raising the couple’s two children, who now both have careers in the arts, and opened a Manhattan boutique.

In 2001, Cates made a brief returned to acting in The Anniversary Party as a favor to her friend and Fast Times castmate, Jennifer Jason Leigh, who directed. And Cates did voice acting for the Lego Dimensions video game in 2015 — her most recent work. She’s one of many actors who quit acting who no one wanted to see go.

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