Pop Quiz: Molly Ringwald


Aidin Vaziri | Molly Ringwald, 45, has done a lot of things since her days portraying America’s favorite teenager in all those great John Hughes films, including “Sixteen Candles” and “Pretty In Pink.” She’s starred in a TV show, written two books and had three children. Now she’s on tour in support of her album “Except Sometimes,” which offers the actress’ take on more obscure standards from the Great American Songbook. Ringwald performs four shows this week at Society in the Starlight Room.

Q: You started out singing onstage in “Annie” when you were 10. Why didn’t you put an album out when you were in those John Hughes movies and on every magazine cover in America?

A: At the time, there weren’t a lot of people acting and singing at the same time. Also, I just didn’t see a career in singing jazz. I believe things happen at a certain time for a reason. I’m glad I waited until now because my voice has changed and my understanding of music has evolved.

Q: I saw on Twitter that you got some books on West Coast jazz for Mother’s Day. Are you a Chet Baker fan?

A: Chet Baker was such an incredible player and singer. His life was sad, especially when you look at him when he was younger and then later, when he didn’t have any teeth. But he lived till 57, which is kind of late for a jazz musician.

Q: How did you survive childhood stardom?

A: Without getting my teeth knocked out?

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