Lea Thompson biography

Lea Thompson

Date of Birth: May 31, 1961

"I'm kind of the girl next door," says the Rochester, Minnesota, born Thompson. A professional dancer from the age of 14, Thompson continued to train through her teen years courtesy of scholarships to the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, the American Ballet Theater and the San Francisco Ballet.

That was before Burger King came calling when they cast her in a TV commercial.

Her big break came when she was cast along then TV star Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, which became a huge hit.

And just as Fox would find his way back to TV on Spin City, Thompson also found herself on the small screen with her starring role in Caroline in the City. I guess you could say both Fox and Thompson are just a couple of "city" kids at heart.

But as to what real power in the entertainment industry means to Thompson, she says, "Never having to audition again."

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