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Amanda Peterson
Born Amanda Peterson
July 8, 1971 (1971-07-08) (age 38)
Greeley, Colorado, U.S.
Other name(s) Mandy Peterson
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–1995

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.

Personal Life

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.[1]


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Annie Dancer Credited as Mandy Peterson
1985 Explorers Lori Swenson
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
Year Title Role Notes
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

Awards and nominations

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


  1. ^ [ - Internet Movie Database]

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