Greeley, Colorado, USA
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Can't Buy Me Love
Amanda Peterson (born Phyllis Amanda Peterson, July 8, 1971 – July 3, 2015) was an American actress known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.
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Greeley, Colorado USA
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Amanda Peterson (July 8, 1971 – July 5, 2015) was an American actress. Peterson is known for her role as Cindy Mancini in the 1987 comedy film Can't Buy Me Love.
A native of Greeley, Colorado, Peterson was the youngest of three children. While living in Colorado, she made her stage debut in a production of The Sound of Music. At the age of 9, she won a role in the musical film Annie, where she appeared as a dancing extra. Peterson went on to land guest spots on Father Murphy and Silver Spoons. In the 1983–1984 television season, she co-starred as Squirt Sawyer on NBC's Boone. Boone was canceled after one season.
In 1985, she won her first starring role in the feature film Explorers. The following year, she co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning miniseries A Year in the Life. It was third-highest rated miniseries of the 1986–87 US television season with a 16.9/27 rating/share. and was later adapted into a television series of the same name. The series aired from 1987 to 1988 on NBC.
In 1987, Peterson co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. The film earned mixed reviews but became the sleeper hit of the summer. As a result, Peterson and Dempsey obtained teen idol status after the release and subsequently appeared on covers of teen magazines such as Tiger Beat, Teen Beat and many others for a considerable amount of time. Peterson went on to appear in other films including Listen to Me (1989), and made guest appearance on Doogie Howser, M.D. in 1990. Peterson's last onscreen role was in the 1994 film, WindRunner, starring Jason Wiles.
After 1994, Peterson left the entertainment industry. She briefly modeled for a Colorado photographer in 2012.
Peterson was twice married. First to Joseph Robert Skutvik, then following their divorce, to David Hartley. Together with Hartley, she had two children.
She was discovered dead in her Greeley, Colorado, home on July 5, 2015, three days away from her 44th birthday. The cause of death has not been released.
September 2, 2015
Amanda died of acute morphine toxicity, the Weld County Coroner's Office in Colorado said in a statement to PEOPLE.
According to a coroner's report obtained by TMZ, Peterson, who was found dead July 5 inside her Greeley, Colorado, home, died of an accidental drug overdose. She reportedly had a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs in her system at the time of her death, including benzodizepines (anti-anxiety medication), opiates and phenothiazines (an anti-psychotic medication). Marijuana, which is legal in Colorado, was also found in her system.
The report also states the actress told someone a week before her death that she ingested morphine medication she received from friends and that she was self-medicating to manage pain. She was found to have six times the normal level of Gabapentin in her system.
The report also stated she died of a "morphine effect," which triggers respiratory failure.
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Phyllis Amanda Peterson