In the days since the death of director John Hughes, many have been celebrating the director who defined a generation. Fans who grew up on his iconic ’80s flicks have revisited his classics and hosted screenings, and former Hughes’ stars, like Kevin Bacon, are talking about the role the director played in their careers, and their lives. Reading their remembrances, the sad and striking thing is, most hadn’t seen the reclusive director in years, since his stepped away from Hollywood near the top of his career. Well now, Molly Ringwald — perhaps the star most emblematic of the Hughes era — has shared her memories of the director with The New York Times. It’s the story of growing up in the spotlight, moving on, and the director who didn’t want to.
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