15Lea Thompson - Amanda Jones
Lea Thompson originally turned down the role of Amanda Jones, the girl from the poor part of town who nevertheless gets to hang with the rich kids because of her beauty. The actress had already achieved major success playing Marty McFly's mom in Back to the Future, and she
wasn't sure the character was all that interesting. Her feelings changed after her next intended blockbuster, Howard the Duck, bombed miserably. Post-flop panic, coupled with a rewrite that gave Amanda some added depth, convinced her to change her mind. It turned out to be a good decision, since this is one of the characters she's most associated with.
Since Some Kind of Wonderful's release, Thompson has remained a busy actress. Aside from the BTTF sequels, she went on to appear in a slew of movies, including Casual Sex?, Dennis the Menace, and, more recently, Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. She also had a hit TV series, Caroline in the City, that ran for four seasons on NBC. Thompson was even a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, where she came in sixth place. Currently, she can be seen playing Kathryn Kennish on the Freeform cable network show Switched at Birth.
Thompson's off-screen life has been equally notable. She married SKOW director Howard Deutch. Together, they have two daughters, one of whom, Zoey Deutch, stars in the films Everybody Wants Some!! and Before I Fall.