October 12, 1962 (age 61) (
Actress, photographer, designer
Lynette Foreman, Clyde Foreman
Michelle Meyrink, Anthony Hickox, Martha Coolidge, Fred Walton, Elizabeth Daily
Deborah Lynn Foreman (born October 12, 1962) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1983 movie Valley Girl, as "Julie Richman" acting opposite Nicolas Cage as "Randy".
- The Stars of the Original 1983 Valley Girl Movie Reunite for Video Conference Interview
- Early life
The Stars of the Original 1983 "Valley Girl" Movie Reunite for Video Conference Interview
Foreman was born in California, the daughter of Lynette and Clyde Foreman, a Marine Corps pilot. She was raised in Arizona and Texas. When she was thirteen, her parents enrolled her at the Barbizon School of Modeling in Houston to help her overcome shyness, where she received a trophy after completing the courses. In high school, Foreman received high marks and was a cheerleader. While she was still a student, local photographer Wally Lewis hired her for newspaper and catalog ads. A chance meeting with a representative of Wilhelmina Models led to her signing with their California office and modeling assignments for Maybelline cosmetics.
Four weeks after arriving in Los Angeles, Foreman earned her SAG card after appearing in a McDonald's of England commercial. Resolving to become a serious actress, she took acting lessons from a variety of teachers. Her first acting job was in a comedy pilot for NBC's The Grady Nutt Show. More TV work and two supporting film roles soon followed. After a 1983 appearance on the popular sitcom Family Ties, her first starring role in a feature film was Valley Girl (1983) with the then-little-known Nicolas Cage, which brought her national fame. Initially, a New York Times reviewer did not understand the movie Valley Girl while her counterpart at the Los Angeles Times enjoyed the same movie. Mark Deming of AllMovie wrote that Foreman "made an indelible impression on fans of 1980s pop culture with her performance in the title role of the film Valley Girl."
In 1985, Foreman had a small role in the film Real Genius. In 1986, she was named "Most Promising New Star" by ShoWest, the largest and most notable film convention in the world. Foreman's Hollywood career may have stalled at least in part because she was subsequently cast in a string of weakly scripted and directed comedies.
She had a starring role in the 1986 comedy My Chauffeur, in which she played a somewhat Madonna-influenced character who gets a job as a driver for a stuffy Brentwood limousine service. However, unlike Valley Girl, the film did not feature elements of dramatic teen angst. My Chauffeur was widely publicised, but connected only modestly with teen audiences and critics. The New York Times reviewer Lawrence Van Gelder wrote "Miss Foreman, who with discipline and far better script might become an engaging comedienne, is mired here in a character who at one moment is delivering a lecture on proper treatment of women and at the next is smirking". The Los Angeles Times reviewer Michael Wilmington called Foreman a "New Wave Carole Lombard crossed with early Shirley MacLaine". However, Robert Blau of the Chicago Tribune wrote that Foreman "gives a breathlessly irritating portrayal of Casey". In contrast, Charles Taylor of the Boston Phoenix wrote that Foreman "is an appealing comic actress who goes at even the most inane situations with tireless enthusiasm and dimpley sex appeal" and although "she can't salvage My Chauffeur, she does give perkiness a good name."
That same year, Foreman played dual roles in the offbeat dark comedy and preppy murder mystery April Fool's Day. Although her performance was praised by reviewers, the film's plot and surprise ending were widely panned, with critic Vincent Canby commenting for The New York Times, "... the dialogue is mostly composed of rude variations on eek, ugh and I'd like to sleep with you this evening." The reviewer for AllMovie wrote "With her Sheryl Lee-like features and facial expressions, Deborah Foreman makes an appealingly off-balance scream queen".
During the five years following, Foreman appeared in over half a dozen low-budget horror movies and independent films. Syndicated columnist Joe Bob Briggs gave Foreman a "Drive-In Academy Award nomination as the damsel in distress" for saying "It's all very simple! Bunny men from Neptune have invaded Mars!".
Foreman later made a brief appearance in a music video for the band She Wants Revenge in 2011.