“To countless admirers in the ’80s, she was Claire, the popular princess with the infamous hands-free lipstick-application technique in The Breakfast Club, which incredibly just celebrated its 30th anniversary. Or Sam, the birthday-girl-next-door who won the heart of the ultimate BMOC, Jake Ryan. Or Andie, the original Etsy girl who made it cool to wear a deconstructed DIY dress to the prom. Or even little Molly Parker, the plucky boarding-school student who plucked a ukulele on The Facts of Life. But to most, she was just Molly Ringwald. She was that special girl who captured the hearts of America’s Blanes and Duckies alike — “your former teenage crush,” according to the bio on her own Twitter page.
Since Molly’s teen dramedy days, she’s kept busy writing both fiction and non-fiction; acting in film, television, and theater; and parenting her three children. And in recent years, she launched a new venture: a jazz music career, with an album of standards from the Great American Songbook, Except Sometimes. This may seem like a major stylistic departure for the former new wave girl who once memorably danced in slouchy boots in the Shermer High School detention center, but the album does offer one touching nod to Molly’s ’80s past: a cocktail-jazz remake of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” which, of course, was the theme song to perhaps the most famous, aforementioned film she made with legendary late director John Hughes, The Breakfast Club.“