Whatever Happened to Phoebe Cates?
Cates in 'Fast Times' Everett Collection
Now the two-piece is everywhere, including, of course, Hollywood. Rare is the film that doesn't feature at least one bikini-clad starlet romping in the surf. Perhaps the most famous scene in which the bikini plays a starring role came in the 1982 comedy classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Actress Phoebe Cates wears a red two-piece while lounging at her friend's pool after school. Though the film is nearly 30 years old, online interest in the iconic scene remains red-hot.
Over the past week, for example, Web lookups for "phoebe cates" jumped 17% and related queries for "phoebe cates today" also surged. Information on Cates's current whereabouts is surprisingly scant. One of Hollywood's brightest stars in the '80s, she hasn't appeared in a movie since 2001, when she had a role in "The Anniversary Party" opposite her "Fast Times" co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Cates in April, 2011 Dimitrios Kambouris/ WireImage.com
Today, Cates focuses her energy on her business. In 2006, the actress opened a boutique in New York called Blue Tree. According to an article from ABC News, the shop specializes in "often unexpected" gifts. A Yelp reviewer calls the high-end shop a "museum of cool."