The start of, Cates’ family was the main factor in her decision to leave the spotlight. At an audition for the 1983 film The Big Chill, actor Kevin Kline, a member of the entire Baby Boomer cast, met Cates.
Even though Meg Tilly was given the part, Cates came away with more because she connected with Kline right away. They were 16 years apart in age, making them seem like an unlikely couple.
Before he met Cates, Kline was a renowned Juilliard-trained theater performer. He had won two Tony Awards and became well-known in Hollywood after collaborating with Meryl Streep in the well-received film Sophie’s Choice.
Cates, on the other hand, dropped out of high school to pursue modeling and party at Studio 54 before getting her big break in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.