July 8, 1971
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
|Other name(s)||Mandy Peterson|
Amanda Peterson (born July 8, 1971) is an American actress. Peterson gained fame during the late 1980s when she portrayed Cindy Mancini, a Tucson, Arizona high-school student, in the movie Can't Buy Me Love.
Prior to the success of Can't Buy Me Love, Peterson made TV appearances in Father Murphy and Silver Spoons. She had a small role in the 1982 movie version of Annie before getting a starring role in the 1985 film Explorers. In the 1983-1984 season, she appeared as Squirt Sawyer on NBC's short-lived Boone starring Tom Byrd and Barry Corbin.
In 1987, she portrayed Sunny, the granddaughter of patriarch Joe Gardner (Richard Kiley) in the series A Year in the Life. Later that year, she and co-star Patrick Dempsey obtained teen idol status after the release of Can't Buy Me Love. Peterson and Dempsey subsequently appeared on covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others for a considerable amount of time. Peterson went on to make other movies, none of which have achieved the box-office success of Can't Buy Me Love. Peterson left acting after her last screen appearance in the 1995 film, Windrunner.
As of May 2008, Amanda Peterson is happily married to David Hartley. Amanda and David have 2 children together, son Jonathan and daughter Katie. They live in Colorado and Amanda attends Colorado State University and is involved in their theater program.
|1982||Annie||Dancer||Credited as Mandy Peterson|
|1987||Can't Buy Me Love||Cindy Mancini||Alternative title: Boy Rents Girl|
|1988||The Lawless Land||Diana|
|1989||Listen to Me||Donna Lumis|
|1995||Windrunner||Julie Moore||Alternative title: Windrunner: A Spirited Journey|
|1982||Father Murphy||Elizabeth||1 episode|
|Silver Spoons||Sally Frumbel||1 episode|
|1983||Boone||Squirt Sawyer||1 episode|
|1984||Best Kept Secrets||Gretchen||Television movie|
|1985||And the Children Shall Lead||Jenny||Television movie
Alternative title: Wonderworks: And the Children Shall Lead
|1986||A Year in the Life||Sunny Sisk||Miniseries|
|Carly Mills||Trisha Mills||Television movie|
|1987-1988||A Year in the Life||Sunny Sisk||22 episodes|
|1989||Love and Betrayal||Stephanie||Television movie
Alternative title: Throw Away Wives
|1990||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Bernadette Callen||1 episodes|
|Fatal Charm||Valerie||Television movie|
|1991||Hell Hath No Fury||Michelle Ferguson||Television movie|
|Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories||Abigail Baywood||Television movie
Alternative title: I Posed for Playboy
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1984||Young Artist Award||Nominated||Best Young Actress in a New Television Series||Boone|
|1985||Best Young Supporting Actress in a Daytime or Nighttime Drama||Boone|
|1986||Best Starring Performance by a Young Actress - Motion Picture||Explorers|
|1988||Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy||Can't Buy Me Love|
|Won||Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series||A Year in the Life|