The 80s was a golden decade for the movie industry, as Hollywood hatched some of the most brilliant films and talented actors that we still love and revere today. One of them was Phoebe Cates, but whatever happened to her?
Back in the 1980s, Phoebe Cates was one of the biggest names in Hollywood. She came to prominence with her debut film Paradise, and after continuing throughout the decade to enjoy success in films such as Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it looked as though Phoebe was here to stay.
However, after her popularity rose in the 80s from stints on the big screen, she suddenly disappeared. But we’re going to have a look at why that happened, and what she’s up to now.
During her acting career, Phoebe Cates worked in several films such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred and Princess Caraboo. The last time we saw Phoebe on screen was in The Anniversary Party, which was released in 2001.
Phoebe married Kevin Kline in 1989. When they were starting a family, the two agreed that they should be able to spend as much time with their children as possible. Neither wanted to take on roles that would require them to be away from their kids for too long.
In an interview with Playboy, Kline said, “We have agreed to alternative so that we’re never working at the same time…[but] whenever it’s been her slot to work, Phoebe has chosen to stay with the children.”
in 1983, Phoebe auditioned for the role of Chloe in the movie The Big Chill. Although she did not get the part, she met her future husband, actor Kevin Kline. The pair started dating despite their 16-year age gap, and walked down the aisle in 1989.
Their children, Owen Joseph Kline and Greta Simone Kline, both appeared with their parents in The Anniversary Party. Their daughter is a musician and singer-songwriter, famously known by her stage name, Frankie Cosmos.
One of her primary reasons for disappearing from acting is because her movies were not doing all that well at the box office. It’s often said that to be considered a success, a movie has to at the very least triple its budget at the box office, to be considered very successful, it should look to make five times its budget.
So, keeping that in mind, Phoebe’s ventures at the start of the 1990s began with Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which only earned $41 million on a budget of $50 million.
Her comedy flick, Princess Caraboo, fared substantially less well, only making $3 million, which for a major production company like TriStar, was not good.
She retired from acting after Princess Caraboo and made a one-time comeback for The Anniversary Party. And though she is now retired from acting, she spends a lot of time doing charity work. Her son has Type 1 diabetes, and Phoebe has devoted her time towards raising funds to find a cure.
Kevin Kline, meanwhile, fresh off the success of his part as Maurice in 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, is currently part of the New York theatre circuit. In 2005, Phoebe Cates started a boutique called Blue Tree. Initially selling expensive and chic designer toys, the store branched off into house-wares, clothes and speciality foods.
In an interview, Phoebe said: “I always wanted to have a general store. If I could have had a photo booth and sold candy, I would have.”
So while Phoebe has retired from acting, it’s nice to hear that she’s doing well at the moment.
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