Curiously renowned for playing an adorably randy teenager who attempted to seduce her own time-traveling son, Leah Thompson became a cinematic darling of the 1980s. A native Midwesterner who fell in love with dance at an early age, Thompson broke into the arts as a ballerina. When a career en pointe did not pan out, undaunted, she moved to New York and in relatively short time began raising eyebrows. Her fresh-scrubbed, all-American good-looks won her largely teen parts in a series of archetypal Eighties films, such as "All the Right Moves" (1983), "Red Dawn" (1984), "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1987) and "Back to the Future" (1985); the latter a blockbuster that would see her recur the role of Lorraine McFly, the mother of Michael J. Fox's hapless cross-time adventurer, throughout the trilogy. Her star would fade into less auspicious film work and supporting roles until, in 1995, she crossed over into series television as lead with the sitcom, "Caroline in the City" (NBC, 1995-99). In the 2000s, she re-established a serial presence on cable in the Hallmark Channel "Jane Doe" movie franchise, playing a suburban housewife drawn back into her old profession as a government agent. Known for a sparkling, dimpled smile, Thompson etched a lasting imprint as an accessible, Ivory Girl-esque dreamboat for young male moviegoers of the 1980s, going on to create a template for successfully shifting career gears when her cinematic halcyon days ebbed.