Then: In 1985's "The Breakfast Club," which is arguably the ultimate teen movie, five teenagers seen by the outside world as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal shared a day of detention together exactly 30 years ago this week. Molly Ringwald, the 16-year-old actress who played the princess — snobby, yet insecure Claire — posted a photo to mark the occasion. She also paid homage to the film she starred in next, "Pretty in Pink," another teen classic, with a snapshot of her and co-star Jon Cryer.
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Now: Ringwald, 46, still acts, and she's written two books, a non-fiction style guide, "Getting the Pretty Back," and a collection of stories, "When It Happens to You." She doesn't dwell on her teen idol past, but she isn't running away from it either. When she released an album of jazz covers last year, she included her take on a song that's familiar to "Breakfast Club" fans, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. "I try to distance myself in that I don't feel like I live in the past," Ringwald told the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press ahead of a concert set for Saturday. "I feel like I have to have respect for the past as well. I'm cognizant of the fact that those movies meant a lot and still do mean a lot to a lot of people." She added that, "I don't really talk about those movies that much. It's not really where I'm at right now." So why did she sing that famous tune? The movie's director, John Hughes, died unexpectedly while she was recording her album.