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Ally Sheedy is ticking off the names of the fellow Brat Packers she hasn't kept up with recently, many of whom she starred with in 1985's The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire. Rob Lowe? Hasn't seen him lately, but he has said hello through friends. Molly Ringwald? Same story, although Sheedy adds, "I still want to see Molly on Broadway in Cabaret." Anthony Michael Hall? When told Hall now stars in USA's The Dead Zone, Sheedy asks, "What's The Dead Zone?"
The fact is, the actress has been preoccupied with her own career. In The Interrogation of Michael Crowe, a Court TV docudrama (debuting Dec. 4), Sheedy, 40, stars as a woman whose teenage son is coerced by cops into falsely confessing to the murder of his 12-year-old sister. The grim subject gave her pause. "I thought, 'Oh my God, I have to imagine my child is murdered every day I go to work,' " says Sheedy, who lives in Manhattan with actor-husband David Lansbury, 41, and their daughter, Rebecca, 8. Now gearing up for Off-Broadway's The Exonerated ("I play a woman on death row"), Sheedy lightens up at home in a different role: Rat Packer. "My daughter has a pet rat," she says. "I'm trying to attach the water bottle to the cage. It's cute, but I feel like a farmer."
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