A television and film actress who was nominated for a string of Young Artist Awards in the 1980s, winning the award in 1988, has died. The AP reports that Amanda Peterson, who played Patrick Dempsey’s love interest Cindy Mancini in the 1987 romantic comedy “Can’t Buy Me Love,” was found dead Sunday at her home in Greeley, Colo.
An investigation into the death of the actress, 43, was reportedly under way.
TMZ.com reports that Peterson “had been dealing with several medical issues over the past 2 years — including pneumonia, sinusitis and sleep apnea. Peterson’s father also says she had been living in a home with mold issues … but moved out about a year ago.”
She became a big star with her role in “Can’t Buy Me Love,” also starring during the 1980s in the TV shows “Boone” and “A Year in the Life,” the role that won her the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Drama Series. The win came with one of her five nominations for the awards.
After a role on the TV series “Jack’s Place” and a performance in the 1994 film “WindRunner,” Peterson left the entertainment business in 1994 and moved back to her home town of Greeley.
She was reportedly working in recent years on a career as a writer.
Here’s an interview with Peterson from 1987 with a clip from “Can’t Buy Me Love”: