It’s no surprise that actress Phoebe Cates ended up in showbiz. The New York native grew up with artist Andy Warhol as a family friend, and her father was one of the creators of the game show The $64,000 Question.
Cates made her major film debut in 1982’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High. She later claimed it was the most fun she’d ever had filming a movie. In retrospect, this could have been due in part to the contact high she undoubtedly received from being near Sean Penn every day during filming.
Mostly active in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Cates also appeared in Gremlins, Gremlins 2, and Drop Dead Fred. In 1989, she married fellow actor Kevin Kline of A Fish Called Wanda fame. You lucky bastard, Kevin.
Phoebe Cates is the Queen of the 80s. Simply put, her topless scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High changed many lives. Can you imagine the sheer amount of men that fantasized about her quietly in their bedroom while choking the proverbial monkey?
And her nude scene in 1982’s Paradise is quite simply, the stuff of legends. The part where she’s showering under a stream of water is beyond hot. It’s mind blowing. It’s unbelievably, incredibly erotic but pure at the same time. So what if the whole movie is a Blue Lagoon rip-off…. she’s hotter than Brooke Shields!
Perhaps knowing that she would get old and saggy very soon, Cates did all her nude scenes in the prime of her youth, when she was only 19 years old. She didn’t get naked much after that. Genius. This is a woman who understand the impermanence of beauty.
Yes, Phoebe Cates is Eurasian. Her father is a Russian Jew and her mother is Chinese-Filipino. For more Half-White/Half-Chinese hotties, we recommend a look at Oliva Munn’s nude pictures and maybe a little Chloe Bennet while you’re at it.
Some people say that Phoebe looks like Jessica Alba but we think she’s probably even hotter. There’s not many women we’ll put on Phoebe’s level but Jennifer Connelly in the 90s would probably be on-par for sure.