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  • Molly Ringwald pens new book

    These days, it’s rare to see a child star turn into an adult actor. But 80’s favorite, Molly Ringwald has done just that, starring on the ABC Family show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

    “I have a really great family and they were always there for me,” says the actress who appeared on “Diff’rent Strokes” when she was just 11. “They were very nurturing and there was a lot of communication which I think is incredibly important.”

    But it’s also her strong personality and life goals that kept her on the right track.

    “I just have a really strong survival instinct,” she tells Fox News. “And I knew that I wanted to do too much in my life to get side-tracked by all that.”

    One of the things she can now cross off her life list is author. Her new book, “Getting the Pretty Back” just hit shelves but the “Pretty in Pink” star warns that it’s not an autobiography.

    “It’s not time for my autobiography because I feel like I’m really half way through with my life,” says the 42-year-old actress. “So I really wanted to write a book that’s just really fun to read and inspirational. There’s a style chapter, a motherhood chapter, a food chapter – sort of everything that goes into being a woman.”

    She also pays a nice homage to the classic “The Catcher in the Rye.”

    The book is “nine chapters which is my nod to J.D. Salinger and his nine stories,” she says.

    Like Salinger’s main character, Ringwald’s inspiration came from angst. “I really had a lot of angst leading up to 40 which is what gave me the idea to write the book in the first place,” she explains. “Leading up to being 40 was a lot worse than actually being 40. So far my 40’s have been great.”

    On “Secret Life” Ringwald stars as the mom of a teenage girl who gets pregnant, but she’s not worried that her kids will go down that path – yet.

    “I’m a mom to nine month old twins [Adele and Roman] and a six year old [Mathilda], so I’m not quite at the teenage years yet. It’s not really on my radar but it sort of gives me a chance to know what I’m in for,” she laughs.

    And like Ringwald, her kids will be able to be actors if they choose to, but an Ivy League education has to come first.

    “If they choose to do that later on – after they graduate from Harvard – then that’s great,” she jokes. “No, I’ll support them in whatever they want to do but I want to make sure that they try everything out and then decide, and I’ll support them in whatever they do.”

    If they do choose Hollywood, the actress will hopefully share with them one of her secrets for remaining solid – books.

    “I grew up in a very bookish family and I’ve always been able to go to books in time of need and solace,” she explains.

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