Soleil Moon Frye
Soleil Moon Frye (//; born August 6, 1976) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. She began her career as a child actor at the age of two. When she was seven years old, Frye won the role of Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster. The series, which debuted on NBC in September 1984, earned consistently low ratings but the Punky character was a hit with young children. After NBC canceled the series, it was picked up for the syndication market where it aired for an additional two seasons ending in 1988.
Soleil Moon Frye
Frye at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show
|Born||August 6, 1976|
Glendora, California, U.S.
|Education||San Fernando Valley Professional School|
|Alma mater||The New School|
|Occupation||Actress, film director, screenwriter|
Jason Goldberg (m. 1998)
|Relatives||Sean Frye (half-brother)|
Meeno Peluce (half-brother)
After the series ended, Frye continued her career in guest spots on television and supporting roles in films. She attended The New School during the late 1990s, and directed her first film, Wild Horses in 1998. In 2000, she joined the cast of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as Roxie King, Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) roommate and close friend. Frye remained with the series until its end in April 2003. She has since continued her acting career working mainly as a voice actor.
In 1998, Frye married producer Jason Goldberg, with whom she has four children. She has since opened an organic specialty clothing shop for children, The Little Seed, in Los Angeles. She also hosts a blog and web series which focus on child rearing and women's issues. In 2011, Frye released her first book Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between. Frye was host of the Home Made Simple show on the Oprah Winfrey Network from 2013 to 2014.
Frye was born in Glendora, California. Her father was actor Virgil Frye, and her mother is talent agent and caterer Sondra Peluce (née Londy). She has two half-brothers, Sean Frye and Meeno Peluce, both former child actors. Frye's parents divorced when she was two.
Frye made her acting debut in the 1982 television movie Missing Children: A Mother's Story. In 1983, she had a supporting role in Who Will Love My Children?, another television movie starring Ann-Margret. The following year, she portrayed Elizabeth (Bette) Kovacs in the biographical television movie Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter, and appeared in another television movie, Invitation to Hell, directed by Wes Craven.
At the age of seven, Frye beat out over 3,000 girls to win the title role on the NBC sitcom Punky Brewster. The series, which was conceived by NBC's then-head of programming Brandon Tartikoff, premiered in September 1984. Scheduled opposite CBS's highly rated 60 Minutes, the series struggled in the ratings but the character of Punky was popular among children. Frye routinely appeared at parades, participated in an anti-drug walks with then-First Lady Nancy Reagan, and was the honorary chairperson for the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Frye also voiced the lead role in the animated series It's Punky Brewster, which began airing during Punky Brewsters first season. Despite the series' low ratings, Brandon Tartikoff decided to renew the show for a second season because it was the highest rated show watched by children 2 to 11 years old. Punky Brewster's second season, which dealt with more serious subject matters such as CPR and first-aid training, drug use and the Just Say No campaign, and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, did not improve ratings and NBC canceled the series in April 1986. The series was quickly picked up by Columbia Pictures Television and began airing in first-run syndication. Punky Brewster aired for an additional two seasons, ending on May 27, 1988.
Immediately upon Punky Brewster's end, Frye landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom pilot Cadets, which aired as a summer special on September 25, 1988. The pilot, however, was not picked up. In 1989, Frye hosted the syndicated weekly talk/variety show Girl Talk. Based on the board game of the same name, Frye shared hosting duties with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rod Brogan. The series was canceled after one season. In 1990, she appeared in the Rodney Dangerfield sitcom pilot ...Where's Rodney?, but this was not picked up as a series, either.
During the 1990s, Frye guest starred on several television series including The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Friends, and voiced characters for the animated series Tiny Toon Adventures and The Cartoon Cartoon Show. In addition to her television work, Frye has appeared in the films The Liars' Club (1993) and Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1995) and in stage productions of Orestes, I Murdered My Mother and The Housekeeper.
From 2000 to 2003, Frye portrayed the character of Roxie King in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, with her longtime friend and series producer Melissa Joan Hart. During the run of Sabrina, she voiced the character of Zoey in the Disney Channel series The Proud Family and the series' 2005 television movie.
In 2004, she voiced Jade, a Bratz character in the direct-to-video release Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'. She also voiced the character for the television series, and the video games Bratz Rock Angelz (2005) and Bratz: Forever Diamondz (2006). From 2010 to February 2013, Frye voiced Aseefa in the animated series Planet Sheen.
Frye directed her second film, Sonny Boy, in 2004. The documentary chronicles a two-week trip Frye took with her father, Virgil, who had Alzheimer's disease. Sonny Boy was an official selection at the 27th Starz Denver International Film Festival and won Best Documentary at the San Diego Film Festival.
In 2007, Frye, along with two friends, opened The Little Seed, an environmentally-conscious children's specialty boutique in Los Angeles. The boutique closed in August 2013, and is now an Internet-based business.
In September 2011, Frye released her first book, Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between. In October 2013, she released a party-planning book, Let's Get This Party Started. She also hosted a web series, Her Say, from 2011 to 2012, and currently hosts a blog on her official website, moonfrye.com, both of which deal with women's issues and parenting.
In 2014, Frye co-founded P.S. XO, a company that sells party decoration kits. The name was then changed to MoonFrye, and expanded to include DIY kits for families and an app of the same name. They later merged with the company Seedling, who specialize in "activity kits".
On October 25, 1998, Frye married television producer Jason Goldberg in a Jewish ceremony (Frye's mother is Jewish, as is Goldberg). Frye and Goldberg have four children: daughters Poet Sienna Rose, born August 24, 2005 and Jagger Joseph Blue, born March 17, 2008 and sons Lyric Sonny Roads, born February 12, 2014 and Story, born May 16, 2016.
|1987||You Ruined My Life||Minerva|
|1993||The Liars' Club||Gigi|
|1994||The St. Tammany Miracle||Julia||Alternative title: Heavenly Hoops|
|Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings||Marcie|
|1995||Twisted Love||Sharon Stewart|
|1996||Mind Games||Becky Hanson|
|1999||Motel Blue||Agent Kyle Rivers|
|2000||The Girls' Room||Casey||Alternative title: Best of Enemies|
|2001||Alex in Wonder||Alissa||Alternative title: Sex and a Girl|
|Bratz: Starrin' & Stylin'||Jade (voice)||Direct-to-DVD release|
|2006||Bratz: Passion 4 Fashion - Diamondz|
|1982||Missing Children: A Mother's Story||Mary Elizabeth||TV Movie|
|1983||Who Will Love My Children?||Linda Fray|
|1984||Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter||Elizabeth Kovacs #2|
|Invitation to Hell||Chrissy Winslow|
|Punky Brewster||Penelope "Punky" Brewster||88 episodes|
|1985||Diff'rent Strokes||Terry Harris||Episode: "Sam's New Pal"|
|MacGruder and Loud||Kathy||Episode: "The Very Scary Man"|
|Back to Next Saturday||Punky Brewster||Special|
|It's Punky Brewster||Penelope "Punky" Brewster (Voice)||26 episodes|
|1986||Alvin Goes Back to School||Punky Brewster||Special|
|1987||The Law & Harry McGraw||Charlene||Episode: "She's Not Wild About Harry"|
|1988||Cadets||Tyler McKay||Unsold pilot|
|1990||Where's Rodney?||Sonya||TV Movie|
|The Wonder Years||Mimi Detweiler||Episode: "Growing Up"|
|1992||Saved by the Bell||Robin||Episode: "Screech's Spaghetti Sauce"|
|Tiny Toon Adventures||Amanda Duff (Voice)||2 episodes|
|ABC Weekend Special||Tina||Episode: "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King"|
|1993||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Voice role||Episode: "Stimpy's Fan Club"|
|1994||Summertime Switch||Peggy, the head cheerleader||TV Movie|
|Heaven Help Us||Episode: "First Comes Love"|
|1996||The Cartoon Cartoon Show||Mary (Voice)||Episode: "Johnny Bravo and the Amazon Women"|
|1997||The Killing Secret||Emily DeCapprio||TV Movie|
|1998||I've Been Waiting for You||Kyra Thompson|
|1999||Working||Jen Miller||Episode: "The Prodigy"|
|Friends||Katie||Episode: "The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey"|
|Grown Ups||Robin||Episode: Pilot|
|2000||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Roxie King||66 episodes|
|2001||The Proud Family||Zoey (Voice)||47 episodes|
|2005||The Proud Family Movie||TV Movie|
|The X's||Annasthesia (Voice)||Episode: "License to Slumber/Three Days of the Coin Op"|
|2009||Robot Chicken||Voice roles||3 episodes|
|2010||Planet Sheen||Aseefa (voice)||13 episodes|
|2013-2014||Home Made Simple||Herself||Host|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|1985||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress in a Television Comedy Series||Punky Brewster||Nominated|
|1986||Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series||Won|
|1988||Best Young Female Superstar in Television||Nominated|
|Best Animation Voice Over Group||It's Punky Brewster (Shared with Casey Ellison, Ami Foster, Teddy Field III, and Cherie Johnson)|
|1989||Best Young Actress Guest Starring in a Syndicated Family Comedy, Drama or Special||Mickey's 60th Birthday|
|Best Young Actress - Voice Over Role||It's Punky Brewster||Won|
|2004||San Diego Film Festival||Best Documentary||Sonny Boy|
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