Happy 40th (!) Birthday, Molly Ringwald!

Mollyringwald_lAnother millstone milestone guaranteed to make Gen-Xers feel old: Today, Molly RIngwald hits the big 4-0. (If it’s any consolation, there are lots of other celebrity birthdays today as well: Dr. Dre is 43, Matt Dillon is 44, Vanna White is 51, John Travolta is 54, Cybill Shepherd is 58, Yoko Ono is 75, Toni Morrison is 77, and George Kennedy is 83.) Still, for moviegoers of a certain age, their love for Ringwald is as undying as their puzzlement over why she hasn’t had a better post-Brat Pack career. In her honor, then, a birthday haiku. (Write your own in the comments below.)

Seen Lipstick Jungle?
Hey, there’s Andrew McCarthy!
I smell cameo!

addCredit(“Molly Ringwald: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images”)

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  • khrystyne

    Damn, now I really feel old!

  • Broadway Baby

    Life’s a Cabaret?
    Too soon at the Breakfast Club
    Depends underwear

  • MoroccoMole

    Yow! Forty candles?
    Seems like just yesterday that
    You skated by Blair

  • Kathleen

    Molly is forty?
    Well yanky my wanky. Teach
    Me the lip gloss trick?

  • My life was a Johh Hughes Film

    Molly and I reach the big 40 in the same year. Wasn’t I just 16 and dreaming of Jake Ryan?????

  • Silv

    Only in movies
    Does the dorky girl get Jake
    We can always wish!

  • JoeC

    Even though I grew up in the 80’s, I never saw any of her movies with the exception of St. Elmos Fire. Perhaps she could try television?

  • JoeC

    By the way, Gary, as someone who grew up in the 80’s, I HATE THAT GENERATION X TAG!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so annoying and stupid; I’d like to smash a pie in the mug of the author who inflicted it on us. Okay, I’m better now!

  • donner

    I’m totally hot for Andrew McCarthy…but Molly Ringwald – I never got the appeal…Demi Moore was always more gorgeous, mysterious and interesting…maybe that’s why she had the career that Molly didn’t…
    still, glad to see they are all still around…

  • Angela

    Plaid is the new pink!
    George Kennedy is not dead?
    I am feeling old!

  • bob

    She may be 40, but I’d still do anything for her! I’ll love Molly until the day I due!

  • Portia

    To JoeC-Molly Ringwald wasn’t in St. Elmos Fire…you weren’t kidding when you said you never followed her movies..though I’m not sure how you missed her! Also, she began her career on TV in “The Facts of Life” and since leaving movies has had a successful career on Broadway.

  • carson

    Molly was not in St.Elmo’s Fire!

  • A green’wald’

    Molly is exactly 1 month older than me!
    I guess people will have to give us the ‘f’ word. ‘F’ for Forty, that is.
    I don’t feel old, I feel like life is just beginning.
    I hope she does too.
    She’ll have a comeback.
    She was featured in a fashion show as the finale and the audience roared in appreciation.
    Happy B-day Molly…you take the good, you take the bad…the facts of life!

  • josher

    Don’t feel bad. The idols from my youth are now old enough to collect social security.

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