RIP Cindy Mancini: “Can’t Buy Me Love” Actress Amanda Peterson Has Passed Away

Nooooooo! Amanda Peterson, star of one of my favorite ’80s movies of all time, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” was found dead ather home in Greeley, Colorado, yesterday. She was 43 and her cause of death is still unknown. Peterson is survived by second husband David Hartley and two children.

Peterson starred in a handful of TV shows and movies in the ’80s, and seemed poised to be a huge star when she appeared opposite Patrick Dempsey in “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The movie is about a teenager who ruins her mother’s amazing fringed, white leather skirt suit/bra top and agrees to date the school nerd to improve his reputation in exchange for replacing them. If you haven’t seen it, you must. Patrick Dempsey is barely post-pubescent, while Peterson is, I think, wonderfully subtle and charming. I never understood why she wasn’t the next Molly Ringwald. Such a bummer. [People]