Amanda Peterson, Late Can't Buy Me Love Star: Post-Fame Troubles With the Law
A booking photo of Amanda Peterson juxtaposed with a shot from her Hollywood days. Additional images,. a video and more below.
Weld County Sheriff's Office via People/YouTube file photo
Earlier this week, we told you about the tragic death of Amanda Peterson, a Greeley native best known for her role alongside Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 teen-movie favorite Can't Buy Me Love.
She was only 43 years old.
Thus far, the results of an autopsy have yet to be made public.
However, additional information has surfaced revealing that Peterson's post-Hollywood life (her last film credit came in 1994) was anything but easy — and included numerous brushes with the law.
Peterson's mom, Sylvia Peterson, told Entertainment Tonight that Amanda was in good spirits prior to her death — and although her daughter was known to have suffered from depression (and sleep apnea), she was confident Amanda's passing, at her apartment in Greeley, wasn't "a drug thing." The segment is on view below.
However, People magazine has learned about Peterson's numerous arrests in the northern Colorado area over the past decade-and-a-half.
Here's a booking photo from 2000....
...and 2005, when she's said to have spent approximately three months in jail:
Another arrest took place in March 2010, when Peterson was reportedly busted for third-degree assault after getting into a fight with another woman.
According to an arrest affidavit accessed by People, Peterson "appeared intoxicated" and "was slurring her speech" in the wake of that incident.
The report noted that Peterson had been "drinking earlier at a bar with her young daughter and then-boyfriend," the magazine adds. "Her boyfriend told police Peterson was taking medication for bipolar disorder and ADD and was not supposed to be drinking."
The most recent Peterson arrest referenced by the magazine took place in May 2012, when she was cuffed for driving under the influence and possession of narcotic equipment. Here's that mug shot.
Members of the Hollywood community have been remembering the Peterson they knew back in her acting days. Patrick Dempsey, her Can't Buy Me Love co-star, tweeted the following:
In my memory, she will always be vibrant and young. Gone too soon. Sending my thoughts and prayers to Amanda's family.— Patrick Dempsey (@PatrickDempsey) July 7, 2015
Among others who've weighed in on Twitter are Neil Patrick Harris....
When I first came to L.A. and started auditioning, Amanda Peterson gave me advice, tips, friendship. She just passed away at age 43. #RIP— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 7, 2015
...Donald Faison, referencing the role Peterson played in Can't Buy Me Love....
Cindy Mancini was my first crush. RIP Amanda Peterson.— Donald Faison (@donald_faison) July 6, 2015
...plus Sarah Michelle Gellar....
...and Lance Bass:
Say it ain't so! Cindy Mancini has passed away! ; ( RIP Amanda Peterson / #CantBuyMeLove— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) July 7, 2015
Clearly, Peterson made a lot of happy memories for people before her life turned into a cautionary tale. Here's the aforementioned Entertainment Tonight piece.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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