Lea Kathleen Thompson (born May 31, 1961) is an American actress, television director and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. As a staple in big budget/high profile blockbusters of the 1980s and '90s, other roles include Red Dawn, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Beverly Hillbillies, and All the Right Moves. She currently co-stars as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth. Thompson was born in Rochester, Minnesota, the daughter of Barbara Anne (ne Barry), a singer and musician, and Clifford Elwin 'Cliff' Thompson. She studied ballet as a girl and practiced three to four hours every day. She was dancing professionally by the age of 14. She won scholarships to several ballet schools, including the American Ballet Theatre, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
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