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Alexandra Elizabeth Sheedy (born June 13, 1962 in New York City) is an American actress and author best known for being a member of the '80s Brat Pack, with whom she appeared in such films as The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire.

She was married to David Lansbury (son of Angela Lansbury) and they have one child, Beckett, a trans man. Sheedy is very supportive of the LGBT+ community, having supported Beckett during his transition and also previously when he came out as a lesbian. Additionally, her mother is a lesbian, having gotten divorced from her father when Sheedy was 10.


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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • It was her suggestion to use the David Bowie quote from "Changes" at the start of The Breakfast Club. It was also her idea to have Allison put Cap'n'Crunch cereal in her sandwich, and that Claire would eat sushi for her lunch (the script said pasta salad).
    • She recommended Judd Nelson for the part of Alec in St. Elmo's Fire.
  • Actor-Shared Background: She struggled with an addiction to sleeping pills, and this helped inform her role in High Art, where her character develops a drug addiction.
  • The Cameo: She appears as Scott Summers's teacher in X-Men: Apocalypse as a nod to the movie being set in The '80s and focusing on Younger and Hipper versions of the characters.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: She lost out on the role of Kate in Home Alone, and was given a small role in Home Alone 2 as a woman at the airport.
  • Costume Backlash: She has strong feelings about Alison's makeover in The Breakfast Club, and actually fought John Hughes over it, stating that she tried to at least make it more about Alison letting down walls rather than changing herself.
    "I had come up with this thing about her black eye makeup and very pale skin so I thought, 'Could it be more that she's taking this mask off?' John did give me that and they didn't really put a whole bunch of makeup on me; it was more about revealing who Allison is. I wish it had been a little more of that and a little less of, 'Let's make her pretty.'"
  • Creator Backlash: She "didn't particularly like" Blue City, agreeing to star in it because Michelle Manning was a friend from when she'd worked on The Breakfast Club and she ignored red flags throughout the Troubled Production.
  • Dawson Casting: Alison Reynolds is a high schooler, but Ally was already 23 when she played her. The same year, she was playing a college graduate in St. Elmo's Fire.
  • Friendship on the Set: She remained close with her cast members from The Breakfast Club, having bonded with them closely on set.
  • I Am Not Pretty: She admitted that she was told her career was stalling because studio execs didn't find her pretty.
    "I was told point-blank that my career was moving slowly because “nobody wants to fuck you.” There was something about me, sexually, that wasn’t selling."
  • I Am Not Spock: She is best remembered as Alison Reynolds.
  • Throw It In: In the sex scene in St. Elmo's Fire, the shower door being pushed out of frame was a genuine accident that was left in, as was her laughing in response.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She replaced Jenny Wright in the role of Annie in Blue City after rewrites were done.
    • She turned down the role of Charlie in Top Gun, convinced no one would want to see a movie about pilots.