1. A Star Is Born

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Sean Young was born on the 20th of November 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky. Her birth name was Mary Young, and she was the daughter of Donald Young and Lee Guthrie, both of whom worked in the media. Her father was a producer and journalist in TV news, whilst her mother was also a journalist and PR executive. Later, Lee Guthrie would co-write the TV movies A Place for Annie and Navigating the Heart with Sean’s sister, Cathleen Young.

2. Yucky Model

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Early on, acting was not the line of work which Sean Young intended to pursue. From her childhood, Young was a keen dancer, and this was the path she originally hoped to follow, studying ballet as a young girl then taking this study further at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. Eventually, this led Young to study at the illustrious School of American Ballet in New York City. For a time, she would work as a ballerina, as well as making a move into modelling. Young does not look back fondly on her time as model (simply remarking of it, “I went yuck” in one interview), but this helped get her foot in the door of the entertainment industry.

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