Amanda Peterson (July 8, 1971 – July 2015) was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can’t Buy Me Love.
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A native of Greeley, Colorado, Peterson was the youngest of three children. While living in Colorado, she made her stage debut in a production of The Sound of Music. At the age of 9, she won a role in the musical film Annie, where she appeared as a dancing extra. Peterson went on to land guest spots on Father Murphy and Silver Spoons. In the 1983–1984 television season, she co-starred as Squirt Sawyer on NBC’s Boone. Boone was canceled after one season.
In 1985, she won her first starring role in the feature film Explorers. The following year, she co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life. It was third-highest rated miniseries of the 1986–87 and was later adapted into a television series of the same name. The series aired from 1987 to 1988 on NBC.
In 1987, Peterson co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the teen comedy Can’t Buy Me Love. The film earned mixed reviews but became the sleeper hit of the summer. As a result, Peterson and Dempsey obtained teen idol status after the release and 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 appear in other films including Listen to Me (1989), and made a guest appearance on Doogie Howser, M.D. in 1990. Peterson’s last onscreen role was in the 1994 film, Wind Runner, starring Jason Wiles.
The police in Greely, Colo told that Peterson’s body was found alone in an apartment Sunday. What was told she was sick and she had sleep apnea. Her body was found alone in an apartment. Peterson’s mother, Sylvia Peterson, told CNN that the actress died Friday morning.
“It’s a big loss. Such a loveable person,” Peterson told CNN. “She had some medical problems with her heart but we don’t know the cause yet.”