Ally Sheedy rose to fame as part of the Brat Pack in the 1980’s. In the middle of the decade, she starred in two of the most iconic coming-of-age movies of the decade. Like a lot of her fellow Brat Packers, Sheedy’s movie career cooled off quickly as the decade came to an end. In the 90’s, Sheedy seemed to disappear.
What the hell happened?
In 1975, Sheedy authored a best-selling children’s book at the age of 12. The book was about a mouse who is transported back in time to England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. How does a 12-year-old get a book published? It helps to have connections. Her mother was a writer who knew a lot of editors. When one such friend was visiting, Sheedy acted out and read from her book. The editor was impressed and took the project back to McGraw Hill.
The success of the book lead to Sheedy’s appearance on the TV game show, To Tell the Truth. The premise of the show was that a panel of celebrities would be given the description of someone with an unusual background. Then they would ask questions of three challengers. Their goal is to identify the person who actually fits the description that was provided.
In 1976, Sheedy appeared on The Mike Douglas Show to promote her book. When she was asked what she wanted to do when she grew up, Sheedy answered that she wanted to be an actress. A talent agent saw her on the show and called her up which lead to a string of commercials. Here’s a commercial Sheedy did for Clearasil in the seventies:
And here’s Sheedy selling toothpaste in 1978:
Continuing the theme of fresh breath, Sheedy appeared in a Tic Tac commercial that same year:
In 1980, Sheedy’s enticing offer of Stove Top stuffing with pork was too good to resist:
In 1981, Sheedy was serving up hot pan pizza in commercials for Pizza Hut.
She also had a Coke and a smile at a wedding in a 1981 Coke commercial:
She also let chocolate lovers know that the more it’s whipped, the bigger it gets in a 3 Musketeers commercial.
Seriously, that was their slogan.
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