Lea Thompson Talks 'Switched At Birth' And Hitting The 'S.T.A.G.E.'

Lea Thompson is putting on her dancing shoes once again for a big charity event. You remember she was on ‘Dancing With The Stars' last year?! She also occasionally gets to cut a rug on ‘Switched At Birth.'

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Fun facts about Lea Thompson (Source: Wikipedia)

Thompson debut in 1982 as Cecily 'Sissy' Loper in the interactive live-action video game; "MysteryDisc: Murder, Anyone?" but her first significant film roles came in 1983, with Jaws 3-D and All the Right Moves (the latter opposite Tom Cruise). These were followed by Red Dawn (1984) and The Wild Life (1984). In a 2008 interview, she explained that she learned tactics and how to shoot and field strip Soviet weapons for the film Red Dawn.

Thompson's most famous role was that of Lorraine Baines McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, the first film released in 1985. Thompson's character is the mother of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, whom Marty meets at an adolescent age after he travels back in time: he has to avoid having Lorraine fall in love with him instead of with his future father, George (Crispin Glover), which leads to some awkward scenes when Lorraine is clearly attracted to him.

In 1986 Thompson starred in SpaceCamp and Howard the Duck. For the latter film she sang several songs on the soundtrack in character, as musician Beverly Switzler, who was the lead vocalist for a band called Cherry Bomb. The recordings appeared on both the soundtrack album and on singles. Rounding out film appearances in the late 1980s, Thompson starred in Some Kind of Wonderful, Casual Sex?, and The Wizard of Loneliness. She also had a prominent role in the 1989 TV film Nightbreaker, for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award. In the early 1990s, Thompson starred as the mother of the titular character in Dennis the Menace (1993), the villainess in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and a snooty ballet instructor in The Little Rascals (1994). She also appeared in several TV film throughout the 1990s, including The Substitute Wife (1994) and The Right To Remain Silent (1996).

Thompson found moderate critical and popular success as the star of the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City from 1995 to 1999. In 1996 Thompson received a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series".

After a break from acting, Thompson went on to star in several Broadway plays. She later appeared in a TV series called For the People, which only lasted one season. She then starred in a TV film, Stealing Christmas (2003), starring Tony Danza and Betty White. Thompson also appeared in several episodes of the dramedy series Ed and in a guest role for one episode in 2004 on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; she played a woman whose embryos were stolen.

In 2005 Thompson began a series of made-for-TV films for the Hallmark Channel, in which she plays Jane Doe, an ex-secret agent turned housewife, who helps the government solve mysteries. Thompson directed two films from the Jane Doe series – Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall and Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder.

Thompson was a featured singer on Celebrity Duets and the second contestant eliminated in 2006. In April 2007 she starred in another TV film, A Life Interrupted, which premiered on Lifetime Television.

At the 2008 Collectormania 13 Convention in Milton Keynes, UK

Thompson guest-starred on the show Head Case in January 2008. She appeared in the TV film Final Approach, which debuted in the U.S. on May 24, 2008. Her recent film credits include Exit Speed and Spy School. She recently starred in the television movie The Christmas Clause, which received good reviews and ratings. She stars in the new films Splinterheads and Prettyface, and recently filmed the movie Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer.

Thompson stars in Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake, a casual adventure game released in November 2012 by Big Fish Games. Thompson's daughter Madeline Deutch also features as a paranormal television series host.

Since 2011 Thompson has starred in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth, about a family realizing their 16-year-old daughter is not biologically theirs and was switched with another baby at the hospital.

In 2014, Thompson was a competitor on Dancing with the Stars: season 19. She was paired with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. The couple was eliminated in the Quarterfinals, finishing sixth place. She also played Irene Steele in Left Behind.

The 31st annual ‘S.T.A.G.E.' event happens this Saturday night, May 9th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

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