Molly Ringwald Eulogizes John Hughes: "We were sort of avatars for him, acting out the different parts of his life."
Published Aug 13, 2009Actress Molly Ringwald recently wrote an article for the New York Times commemorating the passing of mentor and film director John Hughes, who passed away last week at the age of 59.
In her column, Ringwald, who starred in Hughes's '80s hits Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, refers to the filmmaker as Peter Pan, saying how working with him was like being in Neverland.
After learning of his death, Ringwald, who hadn't spoken to Hughes in over 20 years, called fellow Hughes co-star Anthony Michael Hall - the geek who in Sixteen Candles falsely boasts about hooking up with Samantha (Ringwald's character) by holding up her underwear in the packed bathroom of a school dance.
The pair talked about how influential Hughes was and how they were "catapulted from obscurity and planted in the American consciousness through the films that we did with John."
Ringwald writes: "Most everyone knows that John retreated from Hollywood and became a sort of J.D. Salinger for Generation X. But really, sometime before then, he had retreated from us and from the kinds of movies that he had made with us. I still believe that the Hughes films of which both Michael and I were a part (specifically Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club) were the most deeply personal expressions of John's. In retrospect, I feel that we were sort of avatars for him, acting out the different parts of his life - improving upon it, perhaps. In those movies, he always got the last word. He always got the girl."
To read Ringwald's full article, click here.