AKA Phoebe Belle Katz
Birthplace: New York City
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Phoebe Cates is a movie star who filmed her most famous performance in her second film, when she was 18 and memorably stepped out of the pool and out of her bikini in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It has been called one of the sexiest moments in any mainstream movie.
Her father, Joseph Cates, was the producer of the original $64,000 Question and Tic Tac Dough. Her uncle, Gil Cates, is a director and producer whose credits include I Never Sang for My Father and numerous Oscar awards telecasts. She studied dance at Julliard, but dropped out after a knee injury and turned to modeling. She reportedly wore braces in adolescence, but became famous as a cover girl for teen magazines like Seventeen, before becoming an actress. She stripped at 17 in her big screen debut, starring with Willie Aames and singing the title song in Paradise.
Cates is a good actress, but had difficulty getting past being typecast as a pretty airhead. Her other films include Gremlins, Gremlins 2, and Shag: The Movie with Bridget Fonda. In the campy TV soap opera Lace, she memorably asked Brooke Adams, Bess Armstrong, and Arielle Dombasle, "Which one of you bitches is my mother?"
She married actor Kevin Kline in 1989, and co-starred with him in the charming Princess Caraboo several years later. She has since withdrawn from moviemaking to raise her children with Kline, although she briefly returned to cinema in 2001, playing Kline's wife in The Anniversary Party with Jennifer Jason Leigh. Leigh and Cates have been best friends since making Fast Times at Ridgemont High together in 1982.
Some sources say Joan Crawford was Cates' godmother, and others say Jacqueline Susann; neither is true.
Father: Joseph Cates (game-show producer, b. 1924, d. 10-Oct-1998 leukemia)
Mother: Lily Cates
Father: Marshall Naify (stepfather, horse breeder)
Brother: Phillip Cates (producer)
Sister: Valerie Cates (model)
Sister: Alexandra Cates
Husband: Kevin Kline (actor, m. 5-Mar-1989)
Son: Owen Joseph (b. 14-Oct-1991)
Daughter: Greta Simone (b. 21-Mar-1994)
High School: Professional Children's School, New York, NY
University: Juilliard School (dropped out)
Chinese Ancestry Maternal
Filipino Ancestry Maternal
Russian Ancestry Paternal
Spanish Ancestry Maternal
Jewish Ancestry Paternal
Risk Factors: Diabetes, Smoking
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
Princess Caraboo (16-Sep-1994)
My Life's in Turnaround (21-Apr-1993) · Herself
Bodies, Rest & Motion (9-Apr-1993) · Carol
Drop Dead Fred (19-Apr-1991)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (15-Jun-1990) · Kate Beringer
Heart of Dixie (25-Aug-1989) · Aiken
Bright Lights, Big City (1-Apr-1988) · Amanda
Date with an Angel (20-Nov-1987)
Lace II (5-May-1985)
Gremlins (8-Jun-1984) · Kate
Private School (29-Jul-1983) · Christine
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (13-Aug-1982) · Linda Barrett
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