42 facts about actress Sean Young: attended the School of American Ballet in New York


Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer. Learn 42 facts from life and career of actress Sean Young.

1. Her full name is Mary Sean Young.

2. She is an actress.

3. Best known for her performances in films from the 1980s such as Blade Runner, Dune, No Way Out, Wall Street and Cousins.

4. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

5. Her father is Donald Young Jr., a television producer and journalist.

6. Her mother is Lee Guthrie (born Mary Lee Kane), a screenwriter, public relations executive, and journalist.

7. Young graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

8. Graduated at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan.

9. She also attended the School of American Ballet in New York.

10. Before becoming an actress, Young worked as a model and dancer.

11. Young began her film career in 1980 in the film Jane Austen in Manhattan, followed by a role in the 1981 film Stripes.

12. She then played the female lead, Rachael, alongside Harrison Ford in the classic science fiction film Blade Runner.

13. On television in 1986, Young played the female lead opposite Lenny Von Dohlen in Under the Biltmore Clock, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's story Myra Meets His Family.

14. She had a small role in the film Wall Street as the wife of Michael Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko. Her role was originally intended to be larger, but was significantly reduced due to clashes with Oliver Stone.

15. One of her most prominent roles was as the lover of a ruthless Washington politician (Gene Hackman) in 1987's No Way Out, alongside Kevin Costner.

16. Other notable credits include Dune, Fatal Instinct, and Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.

17. In 1988, Young appeared in The Boost with James Woods.

18. Young was next cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, but during rehearsals, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger.

19. In an unsuccessful attempt to win the role of Catwoman (which was originally offered to Annette Bening but ultimately went to Michelle Pfeiffer after Bening became pregnant) in the sequel Batman Returns, Young constructed a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to confront Burton and actor Michael Keaton during production.

20. Young was cast as Tess Trueheart in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy. However, she was dismissed in favor of Glenne Headly for not appearing maternal in the role. Young later claimed her dismissal was punishment for her having rebuffed Warren Beatty's advances, a claim Beatty denies.

21. In 1991, she was awarded the Worst Actress and the Worst Supporting Actress Razzies for her roles in A Kiss Before Dying.

22. She played a supporting role in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

23. During most of the 1990s, she resided in Sedona, Arizona, and her career cooled.

24. In 1997, however, Young reprised her role as Rachael in the 1997 Blade Runner video game. Her face was scanned and reproduced in 3D, one of the first times such technology was used in a game.

25. Since 2001, Young has appeared in a variety of independent films and made guest appearances on television, including roles in Poor White Trash, Mockingbird Don't Sing, Sugar & Spice, Boston Public, and Reno 911!.

26. In 2005, she spent four months in Russia filming the miniseries Esenin, in which she impersonated dancer Isadora Duncan.

27. She also had a small role on the CW's One Tree Hill in 2007.

28. In late 2007, Young finished work on two films, The Man Who Came Back and Haunted Echoes.

29. In 2008, Young competed in the television program Gone Country 2, which included a competition in a celebrity demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris, Tennessee. Young went on to win the celebrity derby heat and then went on to compete against 21 professional demolition derby drivers. Young finished in fourth place.

30. Young appeared on The Young and the Restless in June 2010 as Canadian barmaid Meggie McClain, alongside good friend Eric Braeden. She returned to the show on July 14 in a recurring role, which lasted through February 2011.

31. In 2010, she was cast on the first season of the ABC show Skating with the Stars as a celebrity contestant who skated with professional skater Denis Petukhov. But she was the first celebrity to be eliminated.

32. In October 2011, Young appeared on the CBS television show Late Show with David Letterman. During the interview, she described how she was now looking for movie work after raising her two sons, and produced a short video clip promoting her job search which Letterman played. She was subsequently cast in a film about Nikola Tesla, slated for release in 2013, titled Fragments From Olympus-The Vision of Nikola Tesla (unreleased as of February, 2016).

33. In October 2013, Young played the role of Dr. Lucien in Star Trek: Renegades, a fan project to create a pilot for a new Star Trek series (released in August 2015) where several former Star Trek actors appeared, including Tim Russ (who also directed the pilot) as well as Walter Koenig, Garrett Wang and J. G. Hertzler.

34. In 1990, Young married Robert Lujan.

35. Young and Lujan have two sons, Rio Kelly and Quinn Lee.

36. The couple divorced in 2002.

37. Has a younger sister Cathleen Young.

38. In January 2008, Young checked herself into rehab for alcohol abuse.

39. Received additional fame for her performance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

40. Is of Irish, English, and Swiss-German ancestry.

41. Her website is

42. Completed two movies for the Lifetime Channel. One movie is titled "Home for the holidays," the other is "The Protege."

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