When she was 11, Amanda Peterson made her film debut as a dancer in the musical Annie (1982). She next had a supporting role in the short-lived family drama Boone (1983-1984). Her subsequent film career was launched with the teen comedy hit Can't Buy Me Love, in which she starred opposite Patrick Dempsey. Her later career focused on television movies such as Hell Hath No Fury (1991) and I Posed for Playboy (1991). She retired from the entertainment industry after 1994's WindRunner. Peterson died in 2015, days before her 44th birthday.