Phoebe Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York as the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates. Her father Joseph and her uncle were movie directors, while her stepfather was a horse breeder. Phoebe attended courses at the Professional Children's School from New York and developed a passion for ballet. Unfortunately, she had to give up ballet courses from the School of American Ballet in 1977 because of a severe knee injury. While she was a teenager, Phoebe Cates was fashion model, without grand success although she had an important appearance in the "Seventeen" magazine. She focused her career on acting and became quite popular in 1982 for her role in the Hollywood production "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". One of the key elements of her appearance was a topless scene that was very appreciated. A role in "Paradise" followed, a movie inspired from the classic "The Blue Lagoon". Again, the nude scenes in which Phoebe starred were quite an attraction for the public. Phoebe continued to obtain roles in movies that were not very important, the exception being the role from "Gremlins" in 1984. In 1989, she met her actual husband, Kevin Kline, while auditioning for a role. Phoebe decided to retire in 1994, but she made a comeback for "The Anniversary Party" in 2001 and currently she runs a fancy boutique in New York.