HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Molly Ringwald

Film, Stage, Television Actress & Best-selling Author


  • Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick
  • Women and Age: How to Love Your Age and the Wisdom That Goes with It
  • How Did Middle Age Happen? Generation X and the Angst of Growing Up
  • Pretty is a State of Mind: Empowering Women to be Their Best True Selves
  • The Language of Friendship: Making Friends and Nurturing Friendships at Any Age
  • An Evening with Molly Ringwald



Molly Ringwald is a film, theatre and television actress, and best-selling author. She currently stars in the breakout hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family, and recently published When It Happens to You (It Books), a collection of short stories that examine the complexity of relationships that are built over a lifetime. Weaving together stories of infidelity, infertility and sexual identity, Ringwald gives her readers an intimate look into the lives of her characters and the decisions that shape their lives. Her first book, the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times best-selling Getting The Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick (It Books), is part memoir, part girlfriend's style guide that explores subjects as diverse as romance, motherhood, hair & make-up, fitness, food and music. It's all about being an "It Woman" rather than an "It-Girl", and since the book's publication, audiences have resonated with Ringwald's messages about balancing motherhood and career, style and fashion advice, women and aging, and of course her stories about her career on film, television, and the stage.

To her millions of fans Ringwald will forever be 16. As the endearing and witty star of the beloved John Hughes classics Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Ringwald defined teenage angst, love, and heartbreak. While remembered eternally as the enviable high school princess Claire, or the shy, vulnerable Samantha, Ringwald recently turned 40. Facing a completely new, angst-inducing time in her life, she is embracing being a woman, wife, mother of three, actress, and best friend with her trademark style, candor, and humor - and now offers audiences her personal stories and practical advice in her "Getting the Pretty Back" talks. Vibrant, fun, stylish, and sexy, the iconic Ringwald weaves together intimate stories and candid advice in her girlfriend's talks on life, style, and relationships.

Ringwald began her film career at the age of 13 in Paul Mazursky's The Tempest, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She went on to star in numerous films, including The Pick-Up Artist, For Keeps, Fresh Horses, Betsy's Wedding, Cindy Sherman's directorial debut Office Killer, and Billy Bob Thornton's short film Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade.

In 1992, Ringwald moved to Paris and acted in such foreign films as Tous Les Jours Dimanches, Enfants de Salaud, and Jean-Luc Goddard's King Lear. Her television credits include the critically-acclaimed comedy series Townies, Stephen King's The Stand, the Emmy-nominated Allison Gertz Story, and the movie Molly: An American Girl, based on the American Girl series.

In 1997, Ringwald moved to New York City, where she starred in Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive, a role she reprised at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Subsequent theater credits include playing the legendary character Sally Bowles in the Broadway production of Cabaret; the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Enchanted April; and the London production of When Harry Met Sally. She created the role of Horton Foote's Lily Dale in the New York off-Broadway production, performed the role of Salome (with Al Pacino) and starred in Jonathon Larson's musical Tick Tick Boom! and the hit comedy Modern Orthodox. She recently starred in a national theater tour of the Bob Fosse musical Sweet Charity.

Ringwald lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.

Author photo by Fergus Greer

Praise for When It Happens to You:

"When It Happens to You is absolutely lovely, a smart, emotionally sophisticated, intricately dovetailed novel of stories. World, I'm telling you now: Molly Ringwald is the real deal."
-- Lauren Groff, Author of Arcadia

"Ringwald deftly weaves together the threads of these stories, creating a tapestry that captures the emotional landscape of both young and well-worn relationships . . . This is a beautiful exploration of how the heart's irrational responses to love and betrayal can stand in the way of forgiveness." -- Kirkus

"[A] graceful and deft debut." -- Booklist

"With her assured and deftly wrought novel-in-stories . . . Ringwald plays out the all-too-familiar tragedies of adult life, linking the narratives of a couple whose 18-year marriage has been shelled by infidelity and infertility with those of family members and friends facing their grief and the challenges of forgiveness. Ringwald's stories ring with authenticity, voices so true and honest that we imagine she's been eavesdropping on our conversations. Once again she connects us." -- Vanity Fair

Praise for Getting the Pretty Back:

"She's not afraid to dish... Ringwald shares the secrets of what has worked well in her life... [She sheds] light on who she's become off-camera and that person has a lot of good advice to share."
-- San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] woman's dream bible: It is about finding inner beauty when you are no longer 16... Ringwald truly wants women to feel admired and confident at any age, and her passion comes across as clearly (and quirkily) as it did in her teen movie years."
-- The Daily Beast

"A warm and chatty guide to aging gracefully."
-- Salon.com