Molly Ringwald admits her mother, Adele, was “mortified” when she realized that she had forgotten her daughter’s birthday earlier this year.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE at the 2022 Hollywood Beauty Awards in Los Angels this past Saturday, Molly revealed how her elderly mother was a bit embarrassed when she realized she had forgotten about her daughter’s Feb. 18 birthday.


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But Ringwald has already moved on from the blunder.

“She was a little mortified, but she is 81 years old,” the actress shared with the outlet, noting that it was “the first time she’s ever forgotten” her birthday in over five decades. “So, she gets a pass.”

The belated birthday sentiment is similar to the one experienced by Ringwald’s character Samantha Baker in the classic 1984 movie Sixteen Candles.

Just last month, Ringwald shared the text message threat between herself and her mother on her birthday with the caption reading: “Actual conversation with my mom today.”


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In the messages, Ringwald asked her mom, “That’s it? You don’t have anything else to say to me today?” to which her mom replied, “I didn’t realize it was the 18th today. Happy birthday! I haven’t got your present in the mail. Will do very soon.”

“Life imitates art,” Ringwald wrote in response, referencing her Sixteen Candles role.

“How true,” Ringwald’s mother wrote. She then quipped, “It took me a few more years to forget.”

Back in October of 2021, Ringwald shared on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy how she had yet to watch Sixteen Candles or any of her past movies with her twins Roman and Adele, 12.

“It definitely is a different time,” she explained. “People ask me if I’ve watched them with my kids, and I did watch the first one — which was the impetus to write that article — with Mathilda. And it was such an emotional experience that I haven’t found that strength to watch it with my two other kids.”


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Ringwald continued, “My 12-year-old daughter Adele is the most woke individual that you’ve ever met, and I just don’t know how I’m gonna go through that, you know, watching it with her and [her] saying, ‘How could you do that? How could you be part of something that?’ “

Addressing the “complicated” nature of the films, she expanded on the subject, sharing: “On the other hand, they’re also about people that felt like outsiders. They speak to a lot of people … I feel like that’s what makes the movies really wonderful.”

Ringwald added, “That doesn’t mean at all that I want them to be erased. I’m proud of those movies, and I have a lot of affection for them. They are so much a part of me.”