Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (born June 13, 1962) is an American actress and author. Following her film debut in 1983's Bad Boys, she became known as one of the Brat Pack group of actors in the films The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985). She also acted in WarGames (1983) and Short Circuit (1986). For her performance in Lisa Cholodenko's High Art (1998), Sheedy won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
Sheedy dated Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for less than a year in the 1980s. She stated in Los Angeles Times that the relationship led her to abuse drugs, a claim Sambora denied. In 1985, Sheedy was admitted to Hazelden Foundation and in the 1990s was treated for a sleeping pill addiction, an experience which she drew on for her role as a drug-addicted photographer in High Art.On April 12, 1992, Sheedy married actor David Lansbury, the nephew of actress Angela Lansbury and son of Edgar Lansbury, the original producer of Godspell. They have a son, Beckett (born 1994), who is a trans man. In 2008, Sheedy announced that she and Lansbury had filed for divorce.In January 2018, Sheedy tweeted the #MeToo hashtag along with the names of James Franco and Christian Slater, indicating that they have been sexually inappropriate with her, but later took down the tweets. Franco stated that he did not know why Sheedy would have tweeted those accusations.Sheedy became a vegetarian at the age of 12.
Sheedy was born Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy in New York City on June 13, 1962 and has two siblings, brother Patrick and sister Meghan. Her mother, Charlotte (née Baum), is a writer and press agent who was involved in women's and civil rights movements, and her father, John J. Sheedy, Jr., is a Manhattan advertising executive. Sheedy's mother is Jewish, whereas her father is of Irish Catholic background. Her maternal grandmother was from Odessa, Ukraine. Her parents divorced in 1971.She attended the Bank Street School for Children, followed by Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in New York City, graduating in 1980. She started dancing with the American Ballet Theatre at age six and was planning to make it a full-time career. However, she gave up dance in favor of acting full-time, then she started studying acting with acting teacher Harold Guskin. At age 12 she wrote a book, She Was Nice to Mice. The book was published by McGraw-Hill Education and became a best-seller. On June 19, 1975, she appeared on the game show To Tell the Truth.At age eighteen, Sheedy relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she enrolled in the drama department at the University of Southern California. Sheedy concurrently began her acting career, and intermittently completed three years' worth of courses toward a BFA degree in acting.
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A single, 20-something from Southie whose desires for relationships, sex, and a career collide with the realities of young, single motherhood is the subject of a raw and honest comedy.
October, 2008. Colleen is avoiding contact with her family until she gets an email from her mother saying her brother is home. Her parents are happy to see her, but they are uneasy. Since returning fr...
After the re-emergence of the world's first Mutant, world-destroyer, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Sins of Our Youth
The story of four teenagers who accidentally murder a younger boy while shooting off assault weapons recreationally and the perilous decisions they make in the wake of the murder is called Sins of Our...
A high-profile defense attorney determined to change her image takes on a pro bono case that threatens her and her family.
In this film based on John Leguizamo's one-man show, Jesse Sanchez, a comic, reflects on life from the bottom of a bathtub. The story unfolds with love, loss, mistakes, adventure and redemption.
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Psych: The Musical
There is a world that is both mystery and melody to track down an escaped playwright mad man, Z, who six years earlier was deemed criminally insane after locking a critic in a back room of the theatre...
In order to uncover the motive of each murder, a team of investigators led by homicide detective Angie Flynn set out to find the killer's connection to the victim. Before and after the crime is commit...
Don't You Forget About Me
John Hughes spoke to every generation that followed the teen movie genre. He hung up his hat and disappeared. A group of young Canadian filmmakers set out in 2008 to complete a documentary about a man...
Welcome to the Rileys
Doug and Lois Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen in grief after the death of their daughter. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. He sneaks into the life of a hooker and become...
Jane Alexander's idyllic life in San Francisco is shattered when her aunt is murdered. When Tom O'Donnell becomes the main suspect, Jane must put aside her grief to help the police.
Greenberg has worked in the US for 17 years. For the first time in his life, he will confront colleagues and unanswered personal questions after being invited to speak at a Congress on Cosmology in hi...
Life During Wartime
In an almost war-torn world with comedy and pathos, friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning. The film is about happiness.
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Three women, a young coed, a forty-something single mother, and one a senior-aged widow, meet in the sauna of the local gym, where they gradually get to know one another and bond over their trials and...
Indie Sex is a 2007 American television documentary film directed by Lesli Klainberg.
The Junior Defenders
A deranged fan goes on a mission to kidnap the former cast of a 1970s kids superhero show in order to produce his own episode.
There is a military draft. Three friends are given 30 days to report for duty after being drafted. They have to confront their beliefs about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. What would you d...
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Thirty years on from Vietnam, a government official is trying to track down soldiers who went missing in action, in the hope that it may lead her to her father. Meanwhile, a war veteran is forced to r...
A family takes in a teen who is naive to the world around him. As Kyle begins to show signs of brilliance, the family's mission becomes to solve the mystery of his origin and potential abilities.
Shawn Spencer spent his childhood developing a keen eye for detail thanks to his police officer father's efforts. Shawn was wrongly accused of a crime he solved because of his frequent tips to the pol...
Ally Sheedy is a motivational speaker. Kensit works with her lover. There is more than one girl. There are challenges at work. Ally went away for the weekend to Shelter Island. Her lover is with her. ...
A Good Night to Die
One day in the life of a hit man,Ronnie, who spends it trying to save the life of fellow hit man, August, who he had brought into the business three years ago. Ronnie will soon find out what his monst...
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Just a Dream
A film crew is in a small town. The life of a kid and a friend is changed by this movie.
The Interrogation of Michael Crowe
The lives of Cheryl and Stephen Crowe changed one morning when they found their twelve year old daughter stabbed to death in her bedroom. The police take each member of the household away individually...
The Dead Zone
After a coma, Johnny Smith developed psychic abilities.
Searching for Debra Winger
As women working in the entertainment industry, they face a lot of pressures.
Happy Here and Now
A young girl searches the internet for her sister after she disappears. The missing girl had online chats with a softcore pornographer and an ex-CIA agent is with her.
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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
A Las Vegas team of forensic investigators are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
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The Autumn Heart
When a school bus driving woman (Tyne Daly) has a heart attack, she makes one request of her three daughters (Ally Sheedy, Marla Sucharetza, Marceline Hugo) - she wants them to find their long lost br...
Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge
A group of high school athletes were accused of gang raping a mentally retarded teen girl. When the town rallies to protect their stars, a detective and the prosecutor have to uncover the cover-up by ...
Once and Again
The family of a single mother and her romance with a single father are depicted in the series.
A look at the lives of people in L.A. They are musicians. Gwen is on a quest for the big time. Gwen works as an assistant to a film production designer and tries to steal her boss' boyfriend. The prod...
Advice From a Caterpillar
When it comes to romance, Missy's attitude has always been whatever. After all, her artistic career is flourishing, her spacious New York City loft is fabulous, and her relationship with a married man...
I'll Take You There
A man is forced to move forward by a woman after his wife dumps him.
A young female intern at a small magazine company becomes involved with a drug-addicted lesbian photographer, both of whom attempt to exploit each other for their respective careers, while slowly fall...
A story about people growing up in Manhattan.
The Fury Within
A California family is beset by the power of the supernatural. There is a bone-chilling thriller.
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Macon County Jail
After she leaves her cheating husband, Susan Reed embarks on a cross-country road trip where she falls victim to a series of mishaps that land her behind bars in the redneck Macon County Jail. Once in...
The daily lives of prisoners in Emerald City, an experimental unit of the Oswald Maximum Security Prison where in groups of Muslims, Latinos, Italians, and Aryans stick close to their friends and enem...
A couple is trying to build their social life.
The baby's father is a man who raped Emma when she was fifteen years old. It's up to the baby's grandfather to prevent the child from being handed over until Emma can convince the court to reverse the...
The Definite Maybe
Eric was kicked out of his apartment when he was fired. His best friend shows up. From the Peace Corps, he goes to the swank for Easter weekend in search of betterment and understanding. They confront...
Buried Alive II
A woman has a fortune and her husband and lover plot her death. It only puts her in a deep coma that looks like death. When an accident occurs in the embalmer's office, he doesn't complete the embalmi...
Paul Keller is a minister who had an affair with his son's teacher. Unable to see an end to his deceptive path, he created a scheme to fake his own death. He is left with no recollection of himself or...
Hijacked: Flight 285
While being escorted to prison from Phoenix to New York, crazed killer Peter Cronin (Anthony Michael Hall) hijacks a commercial jet in flight with the help of accomplices. Holding the 200 passengers a...
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One Night Stand
Ally Sheedy seems to have everything -- great looks, a promising career, and a large circle of friends. She wants a romantic relationship but can't seem to find it. The game of seduction begins when a...
The Outer Limits
Sometimes there is a plot twist at the end of The Outer Limits. Unlike the original incarnation of the series, which was a pure anthology with each episode completely unrelated to the others, the revi...
The Tin Soldier
The story of a boy trying to find his place at a new school with the help of a toy knight that comes to life to teach him morals.
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The Haunting of Seacliff Inn
Susan and Mark are moving to a seaside town to open an inn. Susan was drawn to another house when they looked at it. The cliff has a house on it. Something strange is happening. A dog is frightening. ...
Red Shoe Diaries 4: Auto Erotica
An Italian maid unlocked a couple's secret chamber. An architect is lured into a game of temptation and seduction. In this Red Shoe Diaries collection, a hot-motored woman races a hard-driving man fro...
Intimate Portrait is a biographical television series on the Lifetime Television cable network focusing on different celebrities, which includes interviews with each subject. Among the people profile...
A true story about two sisters who sued their father for incest. The father abused all six children and committed incest with four of his daughters.
A college reunion turns into a tangled web of passion, romance and intrigue as old friends and enemies catch up with each other's lives. There are many stars.
Man's Best Friend
A dog becomes his worst nightmare as he attacks everything.
A group of middle-aged women get together at a secluded house to learn about themselves
A failed actor gets 15 minutes of fame when his ex- wife writes a tell-all book about their marriage. He wants to get revenge on her.
Director Paul Mazursky (Scenes From a Mall) takes a bite out of Hollywood with a hilarious look at the artistic sell-out. Starring Danny Aiello, Dyan Cannon Shelly Winters, Jerry Stiller, Chris Penn, ...
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Red Shoe Diaries
Jake took out an ad in the newspaper in order to understand why he betrayed his fiancée. He wants to reconcile with the truth.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Instead of flying to Florida with his family, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card. Kevin is determined to stop the Wet Bandits from robbing a toy sto...
The Lost Capone
Capone is a street gang leader. Jimmy Capone chooses the righteous way, actually with his father's blessing, leaving Illinois for a small town in Nebraska, where he adopts the name Richard Hart and be...
Psychic Ally Sheedy helps solve crimes. A murderer wants to share his fear of his victims with her.
Offbeat fashion student Betsy Hopper and her straight-laced investment-banker fiancé, Dylan Walsh, just want an intimate little wedding reception, but Betsy's father, Eddie, a Long Island construction...
Short Circuit 2
Johnny 5 moves to the city to help his friend Ben with his toy manufacturing enterprise, only to be manipulated by criminals who want to use him for their own purposes.
She's Having a Baby
Jake and Kristy are married. They might not be prepared for the full reality of marriage and the expectations of their parents. Their parents want to have babies of their own. Things aren't helped by ...
After a lightning bolt zaps a robot named Number 5, the lovable machine starts to think he's human and escapes the lab. The designer who wants to get to Number 5 before the military does is hot on his...
Billy Turner learns that his father has been killed when he returns to his hometown in Florida. Billy will take matters into his own hands and go up against a ruthless local mob boss in a desperate at...
St. Elmo's Fire
A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University and end up living lives that include sex, paychecks, and career ambitions. Kirby is waiting to pay for law school. Kevin is at a D.C...
Twice in a Lifetime
There is something missing in the life of a middle-aged steelworker who is content with his job and his family. He stops in at a bar on his 50th birthday. He finds himself attracted to the young, very...
The Breakfast Club
Five high school students from different walks of life are locked up on a Saturday. The group includes a rebel John, a princess, a brainy Brian, and a jock. When the day ends, the others question whet...
A young Chicago street thug named Mick O'Brien is torn between his life of crime and his love for his girlfriend. Mick was sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison for his part in the robbery of a local ...
David Lightman is a high school student. While trying to hack into a computer system to play video games, he inadvertently taps into the Defense Department's war computer and starts a confrontation of...
The students at the exclusive girls' school are being followed by a psycho.
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St. Elsewhere is an American medical drama television series that originally ran on NBC from October 26, 1982 to May 25, 1988. The series starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd and William Daniels as teach...
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The Day the Loving Stopped
Due to her parents' divorce, a young lady named Judy begins to doubt herself and love in general as her wedding day approaches.
Hill Street Blues
There is a realistic glimpse into the daily lives of the officers and detectives.
I Think I'm Having A Baby
Laurie thinks she's pregnant. Her boyfriend doesn't care. Her mom doesn't know. Who can she turn to?
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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Cars...