Possessing a dark Pre-Raphaelite beauty that is both sensual and sweet, Mia Sara landed a succession of leading roles early in her career--unfortunately, few of the films were very good. The Brooklynite began acting in commercials and on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children" at age 13. By 16, she had made her screen debut opposite Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott's fantasy "Legend" (1985) as Princess Lili, the personification of innocence. Her beauty brightened "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986), where she co-starred as Matthew Broderick's girlfriend. Most of her subsequent performances, though, were in a series of forgettable thrillers and actioners like "Apprentice to Murder" (1988) and "By the Sword" (1991). She had a few moments as a lovely young Jewish girl in "A Stranger Among Us" (1992) but her role as the wife of Jean-Claude Van Damme's "Timecop" (1994) required little but to look beautiful. Sara was an elusive prey for ladies' man Adrian Pasdar in "The Pompatus of Love" but again had little to do but be threatened in the little-seen "The Maddening" (both 1996).