Amanda Peterson Dies At 43, Celebrities Pay Tribute

Amanda Peterson Dies At 43, Celebrities Pay Tribute
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The teen actress of the 1980s, Amanda Peterson, was found dead in her Greely home last Sunday. Reportedly her body was undiscovered for days; however, according to Colorado police there has been no signs of foul play.


As reported by TMZ, the family members last heard from Peterson before Friday. However, Peterson’s father said that she had many health problems including sleep apnea, which might have contributed to her demise.

Peterson started working as a child actress when she was 9. Her first work was the adaptation of the play “Annie” in the year 1982, which was directed by John Huston. Over the next decade the artist appeared in several TV shows as well as in movies and became a popular face amongst teens.

Her biggest role which she is remembered most was in “Can’t Buy Me Love” with Patrick Dempsey, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star. The teen romantic film was released in 1987 and was a box-office hit.

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In the movie, Peterson played the role of cheerleader Cindi Mancini. Ronald Miller was played by Dempsey, who in the movie pays $1,000 to pretend to be his girlfriend for a month. The lovely Amanda had instantly become a teen icon and a crush of many.

The actress also worked in Joe Dante’s “Explorers” alongside Ethan Hawke and the late River Phoenix. After news of Peterson’s death was reported, Dante tweeted his sadness and noted that Amanda was a really sweet girl and that it was a fun to work with her.

Some of the TV serials she appeared in included “Silver Spoons” and “Doogie Howser MD.” However, her acting career faced a downward terrain in due time, and the last film she appeared in was “Windrunner” in 1994. After that, she left the industry.

Sarah Michelle Gellar expressed her sadness over the news and tweeted on Monday that in her younger days she actually wanted to be Amanda Peterson. Donald Faison tweeted that Cindy Mancini was his first crush.

Amanda is survived by her second husband Hartley and two children.