It’s always shocking to hear of a movie stars passing. Especially a passing of one at such a young age. Most especially of one whose fans are somehow connected to a character we have never meet. From an actor we maybe have not even seen in the publics eye for many of years. But when we do hear of that actors passing and they do bring back a furious rush of memories from that timeframe we so much adored. It makes a person feel guilty we did not honor that actor a lot more for their works while still here.
Amanda Peterson: Age 43, co-star of the 80’s movie sensation “Can’t Buy Me Love” has passed away at her home in Greeley, Colorado. Peterson, who became a pop culture superstar and every young boys dreams playing “Cindy Mancini”. Opposite Patrick Dempsey (Mr. McDreamy) in the 1987 cult classic romantic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love”, the movie that launched Dempsey’s career, did not do the same for Peterson. Peterson played the stuck-up cheerleader who helped a nerd become one of the popular kids, but she ends up having a heart by the end of the film. An instant cult classic for many awkward geeky teenage kids at the time. It was one of my favorites growing up.
With close to 20 film and television credits, Amanda Peterson who also was in the movie “The Explorers” with Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix just could never launch a career in films. Peterson left the Hollywood entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and had been living in Colorado for years.
Amanda Peterson’s father told TMZ that – the family hadn’t heard from 43-year-old Amanda since July 3rd and became concerned. Her body was finally discovered in her home on July 5. –
No official cause has been given in her death till a full autopsy can be preformed. Peterson’s father has told TMZ
UPDATE: Police autopsy has revealed the young former actress died from causes of a severe drug overdose!
“She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed.”
Peterson’s father also said to TMZ she had been living in a home with mold issues … but moved out about a year ago. Peterson had been dealing with several medical issues over the past 2 years — including pneumonia, sinusitis and sleep apnea.
Amanda Peterson will be missed.
Amanda Peterson Quotes:
“I just love to act. I like to get away, totally play a different character, someone you can get really involved in knowing. I’ve gotten really involved in some characters and written down little summaries of where they live and what their families are like. You can really get into it — especially in the movies, where you really have the time to get into your character and play her well.”
“It is funny you know, you spend 12 years of your life learning about things and about life, but they never really tell you how hard life really is.”