'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dead at 43

Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," has died. She was 43.

Sgt. Mike Moran with the Greeley, Colorado, police department says Peterson was found dead at an apartment complex Sunday evening. She was alone, and an investigation into her death is ongoing. No other information was released.

Peterson began her film career when she was 9 years old in the 1982 adaptation of the play "Annie," directed John Huston. The Greeley native appeared in numerous movies and TV shows over the next decade, but her biggest role was playing opposite Patrick Dempsey in "Can't Buy Me Love."

In the film, Peterson played cheerleader Cindy Mancini, whom Dempsey's character pays to pose as his girlfriend so he make social inroads at their Arizona high school. The movie, directed by Steve Rash and with a title taken from the Beatles song, is among a set of teen angst classics of the period along with the John Hughes oeuvre.

She also appeared in films including Joe Dante's 1985 effort "Explorers," "The Lawless Land" (1988) and "Listen to Me" (1989); her final screen credit was for the 1994 feature "Windrunner."

Peterson also had TV credits, including the 1986 NBC miniseries "A Year in the Life," which paved the way for a series of the same name in 1987-88 in which she appeared in all 22 episodes playing Sunny Sisk. She also guested on "Doogie Howser, M.D.," and appeared in the telepics "Hell Hath No Fury" and "Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories."

She had long since retired from show business and had been twice married, the first time to Joseph Robert Skutvik.

She is survived by second husband David Hartley and two children.

Associated Press, Variety

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