The term America’s Sweetheart is bandied around quite loosely these days, but back in the 80s the title belonged heart and soul to the flame haired star of Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles – Molly Ringwald. Much has changed in the years since her John Hughes scripted heyday. She’s moved to France and back again, written a novel and a memoir, acted in a number of films and TV shows and, in 2013, released Except Sometimes, an album of jazz songs. But no matter what, people are still fixated on the Duckie vs Blane dilemma from Pretty in Pink. In a candid interview for AnOther Magazine S/S14, Ringwald opens up about how it feels to be a grown up teen icon. “I have changed and I am a different person than I was when I was 16 years old,” she says. “Mainly, I’m just a lot smarter. More stuff has gone into my brain. Like, duh.”
So, to celebrate her birthday today, we present Molly Ringwald’s jazz favourites, ranging from the sparkling notes of Miles Davis’ trumpet to the caramel tones of Anita O’Day.
I Didn't Know What Time It Was – Cécile McLorin Salvant
Honeysuckle Rose – Django Reinhardt
What Is This Thing Called Love? – Hampton Hawes Trio
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? – Anita O'Day
Waters of March – Susannah McCorkle
Bohemia After Dark – Cannonball Adderley
On The Street Where You Live – Quincy Jones Big Band Bossa Nova
Round About Midnight – Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants
Se Voce Me Ama – Melody Gardot
Read the full interview in the latest issue of AnOther Magazine, out now.