Phoebe Cates, Filmology, Wiki, Age, Weight, Height, Net Worth, Young, Biography

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Phoebe Cates, an American actress and former model, is best known for ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and ‘Gremlins’. She also sings, including the film’s theme song, ‘Paradise’. Phoebe began her career as a supermodel and made appearances in ‘Baby Sister’, ‘Private School’, ‘Princess Caraboo’, and ‘The Anniversary Party’.

Phoebe's Cat
Phoebe’s Cat

By acting in plays, she learned skills. She is now a businesswoman and no longer in Hollywood. Phoebe’s store, Blue Tree, sells home decor, gifts, and toys. Her store sells specialized foods. Her husband is Oscar-winner Kevin Kline.


Full NamePhoebe Belle Cates
Nick NamePhoebe
Born (Date of Birth)16 July 1963
Age (as 2024)61 Years Old
BirthplaceNew York, United States
Zodiac SignCancer
HometownUpper East Side of Manhattan
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
SchoolJuilliard School 
CollegeSchool of American Ballet, New York 
Profession Actress, Singer, and model
Religion(Ethnicity)Russian Jewish and Chinese-Filipino ancestry
FatherJoseph Cates
MotherLily Cates
SiblingsValerie Cates, Phillip Cates, and Alexandra Cates
SpouseKevin Kline
SonOwen Joseph Kline
Daughter Greta Simone Kline


Every year, Phoebe Cates celebrates her birthday on July 16 with her family and friends. As of 2024, the gorgeous actress turned 61 years old in July.

Physical Stats

Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack


Phoebe Cates Age (As of 2024)61 Years old


Phoebe Cates Weight60 Kg or 132 lbs


Phoebe Cates Height 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm


Phoebe Cates attended the Hewitt School, Professional Children’s School, and Juilliard School in New York City. Additionally, she attended the School of American Ballet in New York, United States.

SchoolJuilliard School 
UniversitySchool of American Ballet, New York 

Phoebe Cates Husband
Phoebe Cates Husband

Marital Status

Stavros Merjos: When Phoebe met Stavros Merjos at Studio 54 in 1979, they fell in love. In Greenwich Village, they lived in an apartment.

Kevin Kline (Present): While auditioning in 1983, Phoebe met outstanding actor Kevin Kline. Only after meeting in a New York City public theater in 1985 did their relationship take off. Despite being 16 years apart, they fell in love and married in New York City in 1989. The couple has two children, Owen Joseph Kline (born 1991) and Greta Simone Kline (born 1994).

Marital StatusMarried
HusbandKevin Kline
BoyfriendStarvos Merjos


Celebrity model Phoebe Cates became Hollywood’s “IT” girl in the 1980s. Teen girls aspired to look like her, and boys wanted to date her. The daughter of a Russian-Jewish father and a Chinese-Russian mother, her unusual features set her apart from other young models. She appeared on Seventeen, Elle, British Vogue, and Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine covers during her celebrity peak.

Her beauty and fame as an icon have lasted for decades. Season 3 of “Stranger Things” featured a reference to Phoebe Cates as the definition of beauty when Dustin compared his new girlfriend, Suzie, to Phoebe Cates, only hotter. The scene in a red bikini where she stripped her top off and seduced Judge Reinhold, the brother of her closest friend, in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” keeps her forever a teenager.

After multiple 1990s film roles, Phoebe Cates disappeared from the entertainment scene. 

Phoebe debuted in a film with a hot male teen idol.

The 10-year-old model, Phoebe, switched to dancing. She studied at Julliard to become a professional. Phoebe resumed modeling after an injury. She became one of the most prominent teenage models, along with Brooke Shields and an unknown Whitney Houston.

Producers wanted Phoebe to star in teenage movies right away. Her debut picture was “Paradise” with “Eight is Enough” star Willie Aames. This copycat of Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins’ “Blue Lagoon,” gave Phoebe her film debut. The film followed David and Sarah, two teens who went from Baghdad to Damascus via caravan. A slave agent named Jackal wanted Sarah in his harem. While Sarah and David escaped, their group was killed. 

The film ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ made Cates famous.

As Linda, the quick girl who knew all about boys and sex and intended to teach her best friend Stacy Hamilton about love and life in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Phoebe became a sensation overnight. After 1982, many teen movies tried to emulate her slow-motion seduction of Judge Reinhold.

She appeared with “ER” stars Anthony Edwards, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Nicolas Cage. In a 1982 interview, Phoebe said, “I was just 17 when I did my nude sequences in “Paradise.” The inability to justify them made them more severe and challenging. The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” topless sequence was humorous, making it simple. Stripping is required for a job in this industry. Why not flaunt your gorgeous body?”

Phoebe got ‘Gremlins’ due to her strong connection with her co-star.

Phoebe was cast in 1984’s “Gremlins,” but Steven Spielberg didn’t like her because of her first two films.

But Phoebe’s chemistry with Billy, played by Zach Galligan, convinced Spielberg to cast her as his girlfriend Kate in the film about a guy who acquired a mogwai for his son. The man was forbidden from feeding the beast after midnight, near water, or in bright light. The father broke those restrictions, and a group of mogwai-like gremlins destroyed the family’s town. The famous filmmaker reportedly discovered before filming that his male star had a crush on Cates.

Phoebe Cates Young
Phoebe Cates Young

Phoebe married an older man later.

Phoebe met Broadway actor Kevin Kline in 1982 while auditioning for “The Big Chill”. After meeting at New York’s Public Theater by happenstance, the couple started dating in 1985. Kevin told Entertainment Weekly, When I met Phoebe, I thought, She’s too glad to be with me. Her enthusiasm for life is excessive. 

Besides their 16-year age gap, the couple had other differences. Phoebe quit high school to model and succeed in teen films. The couple met after Kline graduated from Julliard and won two Tony Awards for his Broadway performances. Phoebe was finishing her film career when they married in 1989. She completed her cinematic career with 1994’s historical comedy “Princess Caraboo” after appearing in “Heart of Dixie” and “Shag”. She and Kevin had two children, Owen Joseph Kline (1991) and Greta Simone (1994). Owen directs films, and Greta became Frankie Cosmos to pursue her music career.

Cates was busy even when she wasn’t acting.

Phoebe told Donny Deutch for “The Big Idea” in 2005 that she always wanted to create a retail business, but she never took the step to do so. That wish came true when Blue Tree, a Madison Avenue store selling apparel, jewelry, perfume, books, and plush animals, opened.

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Movies & Television

FilmYear Role 
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Linda Barrett
Private School 1983Christine Ramsey
Baby SisterAnnie Burroughs
Lace1984Elizabeth “Lilli” Lace
GremlinsKate Beringer 
Lace  II1985Elizabeth “Lilli” Lace
Date with an Angel 1987Patricia “Patty” Winston
Bright Lights, Big City 1988Amanda Conway 
Shag 1989Carson McBride
Heart of DixieAiken Reed 
I Love You To Death 
Joey’s Girt at Disco 
Gremlins 2: The New Batch Kate Beringer 
Largo Desolato Young Philosophy Student
Drop Dead Fred 1991Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cronin
Bodies, Rest & Motion1993Carol
My Life’s in TurnaroundSelf
Princess Caraboo1994Princess Caraboo/Mary Baker
The Anniversary Party2001Sophia Gold 

Phoebe Cates Filmology
Phoebe Cates Filmology


Theme From ‘Paradise’Feels So Good (Feels So Right)
Lemonade KissesSon Of A Preacher Man 
Theme From ‘Paradise’ (Instrumental)

Early Life

On July 16, 1963, in New York City, Phoebe Belle Cates entered the world. She was raised with her elder and younger sisters, Valerie and Alexandra Cates. Father Joseph and mother Lily worked on Broadway and television. They created ‘The $64,000 Question’, a hit game show.

Many TV and award shows were produced by Phoebe’s uncle, Gilbert Cates. Phoebe was exposed to Hollywood early on due to her renowned family.

Phoebe attended New York’s independent Hewitt School. She later finished school at the Juilliard School.

She was drawn to dance as a child by Broadway and dance musicals. At 10, Phoebe received a scholarship from the School of American Ballet, allowing her to pursue her ambition of dancing. Five years later, a knee injury forced her to give up her goal.

Phoebe then pursued acting. She tried modeling to get used to cameras. Her early modeling career included various ad campaigns. Her big break came when she was asked to model for ‘Seventeen’.

Her modeling career took off after posing for ‘Seventeen’. She was discovered by several famous filmmakers, and acting offers poured in.

Phoebe knew what she had to accomplish, even though her father disapproved of her work. After much research, she chose a script and made her film acting debut.

Phoebe Cates Now
Phoebe Cates Now


Manhattan Apartment

Car Collection

55 Rolls Royce

Net Worth

Actress, model, and businesswoman Phoebe Cates has a net worth of $35 million. Her net worth includes her husband of almost 30 years, actor Kevin Cline. In “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), “Gremlins” (1984), “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (1990), and “Drop Dead Fred” (1991), Phoebe played Linda Barrett, Kate Beringer, and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cronin Cates played “The Tenth Man” on Broadway in 1989.

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Net Worth 2023Unknown
Phoebe Cates Net Worth 2024Approx. $ 35 million


How old is Phoebe Cates?

Cates was born in New York City on July 16, 1963, to television and Broadway production insiders. Cates will turn 61 in 2024.

Who is Phoebe Cates married to?

The talented actor Kevin Kline married Phoebe Cates. Their romance took off after meeting in a 1985 New York City public theater. Love brought them together in 1989 in New York City after 16 years.

What happened to Phoebe Cates?

Over the past two decades since her 1980s breakthrough, Phoebe Cates hasn’t performed. To raise her children, Cates quit working in 1994 and briefly returned in 2001. Cates runs a New York boutique and may act again if the appropriate chance arises.

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