American actress Phoebe Cates was popular in the 80s and early 90s due to her roles in the movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Private School, and Gremlins. The beautiful lady had already impressed the world with her demeanor and beauty, but her career soon came to a sudden halt.
Well, it seems she has made a lasting impression on fans as she is a subject despite her disappearance from the industry. So, what is the actress doing these days? How is she faring in life? Continue reading to find out more about the actress' life at present.
Phoebe Cates Career: From a Model to an Actress
Cates started as a model and gave up the job to pursue acting. Her first movie Paradise had a plot similar to The Blue Lagoon. She was aged 17 during the filming of the Paradise. Though Cates did the movie, she did not like the role she did in the movie. Fortunately, she soon found another movie the following year.
Cates starred in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High and gained immense popularity from the movie. In the movie, she had a moment where she is in a bikini which was featured in Rolling Stone magazine described as "the most memorable bikini-drop in cinema history." Her co-star in the movie includes Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold.
Cates also appeared in the comedy movie Private school along with co-star Matthew Modine and Betsy Russell. In 1984, Cates played her most iconic role as Kate Beringer in the movie Gremlins. Gremlins is also the most commercially successful movie that she has done till date as the movie earned $153,000,000 at the box office.
Cates did a few movies after that which were not successful, and she retired from acting in 1994 to focus on raising her children. In 2001, she made a return in an independent film with The Anniversary Party. She only did the movie as a favor to her former Fast Time at Ridgemont High colleague Jennifer Jason Leigh.
A Sneak Peek Into The Actress Life At Present
In 1994, Cates gave up acting to raise her two children; a son Owen Joseph Kline and daughter Greta Simone Kline who she shares with her actor-husband Kevin Kline. Cates, these days, has dedicated her life to charity works and focuses more on people suffering from Type 1 diabetes since her son is also suffering from one.
Cates also owns her own boutique called Blue Tree on New York's Madison Avenue which she opened in 2005. The store name was suggested by her husband. Her store sells jewelry, clothing, antiques, perfume, candles, photography, books, vintage LPs, and Stuffed animals.
Her store has been referred as "a version of Elizabeth Street for the Carnegie Hill crowd, a little oasis of downtown aesthetic at Ladies Who Lunch prices," by The New York Times. It had always been Cates' dream to have her own general store, and she looks happy working at the store as well.
Net Worth Of The Retired Actress
Cates' current net worth is estimated to be $5 million. Her net worth can be tied to the earnings that she made through her modeling and movie career.
She may not have had starred in many movies but she is the star of one of the box office success Gremlins.
It has been a long time since she has left the acting world but she does own a famous boutique Blue Tree in the Upper East Side of New York. The boutique is quite famous around the area and she does make good earning through it these days.
She has a successful business and a happy family, what more could one ask for? We wish her a happy life ahead.