Sean Young

Active - 1980 - 2020  |   Born - Nov 20, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romance

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Tall, slender, and graceful brunette actress Sean Young has had a busy film career, but has yet to make it past mid-range stardom. This may be partially due to some of the negative publicity generated through her personal life. Before coming to Hollywood in 1980 to perform in Jane Austen in Manhattan, Young had been a New York model and a dancer. Fans of the sci-fi epic Blade Runner (1982) remember Young for playing the sympathetic "replicant" Rachael. Although she appeared in several major features by 1987, Young didn't get much notice as a potential star until after she co-starred with Kevin Costner in the thriller No Way Out (1987). Her love scenes with Costner generated considerable heat on and off the screen. In 1989, Young made entertainment news when her former co-star from The Boost (1988), James Woods, filed a harassment suit against her claiming that she had repeatedly threatened him after their affair soured. Young retaliated by hitting the talk show circuit to deny the claims, all the while continuing her acting career. That year, she was scheduled to play Vicki Vale in Tim Burton's Batman, but broke her collarbone during a riding scene with Michael Keaton and was replaced by Kim Bassinger, something she publicly disputed with Burton. Through the '90s, Young continued to appear regularly onscreen.

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  • Pursued ballet dance before she turned to acting, studying at the School of American Ballet in New York.
  • Originally cast as Vicky Vale in Tim Burton's Batman, but was forced to back out after breaking her arm.
  • Formed her own production company, Shonderosa Productions, in 1990.
  • Made her musical stage debut in 1992 in a production of Stardust at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills.
  • Famously showed up on the set of 1992's Batman Returns dressed up as Catwoman in a failed attempt to win the role.