Molly Ringwald's career is proof that teen celebrities can make a comeback later in life, and in promoting her new book, the 42-year-old actress makes a point of saying she's not using it as a means to look back.
Released today, the book -- "Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick" -- isn't an autobiography, she assures.
"I'm just halfway through my life. If I write it now, I'll just have to write it again later," she said, according to USA Today. (Click here to read an excerpt.) "There is a lot of me in the book, but it's about women in general -- about me and my friends, all women."
The red-headed Ringwald became a 80s icon as a member of the Brat Pack, that group of actors that frequently appeared in the coming-of-age movies of the era. To this day, her performances in "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Pretty in Pink" -- which came out in successive years during the heart of the 1980s -- continue to draw a cult following.
(Click here to watch a musical tribute to Molly Ringwald.)
And then, during the 1990s and early 2000s, she dropped out of the scene -- largely by choice. Ringwald famously turned down offers to major roles such as "Pretty Woman" and "Ghost." Instead, she moved to France, where she eventually married French writer Valery Lameignere in 1999. They divorced in 2002. Five years later she married Panio Gianopoulos, a Greek-American writer, who's now 33. The couple has three young children.
These days, Ringwald stars as a single mother on the ABC Family TV series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," whose third season begins in June.
Ringwald's "Getting the Pretty Back" (It Books, $25.99) aims to speak to other Gen X women about style, entertainment and parenting, as well as to reveal more about herself.
"There are so many people who have grown up with me that are sort of in this similar situation," she said. "That inspired me."
On re-capturing beauty, she writes, "Being pretty can be about style or outer beauty, true, but on a deeper, more fundamental level, it's about learning to take care of yourself again. Style is the first and easiest step to reminding yourself -- and the world -- that you matter. Too often, after kids, after years in and out of relationships, we settle. We stop paying attention to ourselves."
Like many in her generation, Ringwald is something of a seeker with myriad interests. In addition to being an actor and, now, an author, the former Brat Packer is a jazz pianist.
The daughter of blind pianist Bob Ringwald, she has appeared as a guest artist on his albums.
Next on her to-do list: finishing her own album.
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