She has danced with the The Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet Company, The Ballet Repertory and the American Ballet Theatre.
Lea's theatrical credits include The Vagina Monologues, Cabaret, The Trip Back Down, The Illusion, Long Time Coming, Charlie Hacon's Family, Bus Stop and The Little Mermaid.
Lea appeared in Mall of America commercials in 1996 and in Chevrolet commercials from 1996-2000.
Her favorite travel destination is Montana.
Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because families gets together and eat and people don't have to exchange too many gifts.
Her favorite recipes are olive chicken over pasta, her mother's spaghetti, and green bean and salami salad.
Lea began studying dance at the age of nine years old. She began dancing professionally at the age of 14.
At the age of 19 (with only $300 in her pocket) Lea moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.
When she was a kid she would practice ballet for three to four hours every day.
Her first role was in the movie Jaws 3-D as a water ski bunny.
Her parents divorced when she was six.
She was a ballet dancer until Baryshnikov told her she was too stocky.
She attended Marshall-University High School in Minneapolis.
Her brother, Andrew Thompson, was also a modern ballet dancer with the Colorado Ballet. They both took ballet classes throughout their youth and he helped her pay for her classes later on in life.
She was involved with hearthrob Dennis Quaid.
Her brother Andrew Thompson, also a ballet dancer, help her put up the money for dance classes when she was little.
She won the role of Amanda Jones in "Some Kind of Wonderful" after Molly Ringwald turned it down.
She is married to director/producer Howard Deutch.
Lea Thompson: (on doing Back to the Future) When I read the script to the first film, I thought the story was terrific and very interesting. When they told me I would be playing both young and old Lorraine, I knew it would be a tremendous challenge, so of course I wanted it immediately.
Lea Thompson: Just by getting up and caring for our families and getting through the day and conquering our problems, that makes us all little heroes!
Lea Thompson: When you're in the depths of insecurity or despair, helping someone else is the best way to get over your own broken heart.
Lea Thompson: (on letting her daughters watch her movie where she plays a rape victim) It's important that they see what it really is and know what's going on all around us so they can have compassion.
Lea Thompson: As an actor it's so fun to inhabit another person and have that research done for you instead of having to come up with someone out of the blue or rationalize the behavior of a character.
Lea Thompson: I didn't really want to be an actress but I had some connections so when I got tired of waitressing, I started doing commercials for Twix and Burger King.
Lea Thompson: It's hard not to want to strangle people when you work with them for four years.
Lea Thompson: (about who were her biggest influences) My mother, also Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger and Tchaikovsky.