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Back in 1982 the coming-of-age film hit screens, and with it exposed what exactly was going on in the brains of hormonal teens in the early '80s.

The film was Amy Heckerling's directorial debut, and it contains many classic scenes still referenced today, with a cast who went on to become massive stars. However, the movie contains one scene in particular which became a fantasy for teenage boys across the world: When performed her iconic bikini drop.

Go on, surely you remember the scene:

33 years after that scene debuted, it is still remembered as the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history, but whatever happened to Phoebe Cates in 2016?

From modeling to acting

Cates in Paradise [Credit: Avco Embassy Pictures]
Cates in Paradise [Credit: Avco Embassy Pictures]

Phoebe Cates was always destined for acting, born to a family of television and Broadway production insiders, she attended the Juilliard School with dreams of becoming a dancer. When she suffered a knee injury at age 15, Cates instead began a career as a model. After tiring of the repetition of modeling, the now 19-year-old tried her hand at acting, where she seemed to find her niche.

Cates' first film was Paradise, a film with a plot similar to the 1980 Brooke Shields movie The Blue Lagoon. Although she reportedly did not enjoy filming the movie, she has said that her next movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, was the most fun to film.

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]

Following on from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cates enjoyed a relatively busy career, appearing mostly notably in Gremlins in 1984, Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990, and Drop Dead Fred in 1991. However, in 1994, following an appearance in Princess Caraboo, she retired from acting to raise her children Owen and Greta with her husband, Academy Award winner Kevin Kline.

For the remainder of the '90s Phoebe Cates (now Phoebe Cates Kline) kept a low profile. In 2001 she made a return to acting as a favor to fellow Fast Times at Ridgemont High co-star and friend Jennifer Jason Leigh, when she starred in The Anniversary Party. The movie was a family affair for Cates Kline who appeared alongside her husband and two children.

A post-show biz entrepreneur

In 2005 the actress took an even bigger step away from the cameras when she opened her own boutique on New York's Madison Avenue called Blue Tree. Her dream was to "have it be like a general store but according to me," and over the years the small store has built up a loyal following.

In 2013 she and husband Kevin Kline worked together to make a short film about her boutique entitled The Perfect Husband, take a look at the cute film below:

Although Phoebe Cates seems to have stepped away from the world of acting and celebrity since her time as a sex symbol in the 1980s, the former actress seems to be owning whatever she turns her hand to. And who knows, maybe one day she'll even surprise us all be reappearing in movies sometime in the future.

Source: IMDB, On The Set of New York


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