Deborah Foreman is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1983 movie Valley Girl, as Julie Richman, acting opposite Nicolas Cage as Randy.
Foreman was born in California and raised in Arizona and Texas. When she was thirteen, her parents enrolled her at the Barbizon School of Modeling in Houston to help her overcome shyness. In high school, Foreman received high marks and was a cheerleader. While she was still a student, local photographer Wally Lewis hired her for newspaper and catalog ads. A chance meeting with a representative of Wilhelmina Models led to her signing with their California office and modeling assignments for Maybelline cosmetics.
Four weeks after arriving in Los Angeles, Foreman earned her SAG card after appearing in a McDonald’s of England commercial. Resolving to become a serious actress, she took acting lessons from a variety of teachers. Her first acting job was in a comedy pilot for NBC’s The Grady Nutt Show. More TV work and two supporting film roles soon followed.
After an appearance on the popular sitcom Family Ties, her first starring role in a feature film was Valley Girl (1983) with the then-little-known Nicolas Cage, which brought her national fame. She also guest starred in shows such as T.J. Hooker and MacGyver, among others.
In 1985, Foreman had a small role in the film Real Genius. In 1986, she was named Most Promising New Star by ShoWest, the largest and most notable film convention in the world.
She had a starring role in the 1986 comedy My Chauffeur, in which she played a somewhat Madonna-influenced character who gets a job as a driver for a stuffy Brentwood limousine service. That same year, Foreman played dual roles in the offbeat dark comedy and preppy murder mystery April Fool’s Day.
During the five years following, Foreman appeared in Waxworks, The Experts, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Lunatics: A Love Story, and more. Syndicated columnist Joe Bob Briggs gave Foreman a Drive-In Academy Award Nomination as the Damsel in Distress for saying, “It’s all very simple! Bunny men from Neptune have invaded Mars!”.
Foreman later made a brief appearance in a music video for the band She Wants Revenge in 2011.
Foreman left show business and has established a successful career as a graphic designer and artist, and also creates unique hand-painted furniture. Foreman still acts on occasion, appearing in commercials, short films, and episodic television.