Little Darlings (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), and Pretty in Pink (1986), released after her death, are only a few of the films in which American actress Alexa Jordan Kenin (February 16, 1962 – September 10, 1985) appeared in supporting parts.
Alexa Kenin Cause of Death
Alexa Kenin, an accomplished actress who appeared in films like “Little Darlings” and “Pretty in Pink,” died suddenly in 1985, when she was just 23 years old.
A tragic event led to her premature demise; she had fallen down the steps of her apartment building and sustained a severe head injury. The film and television industries and their fans were devastated by her untimely death because it ended a bright future for both of them.
Who Was Alexa Kenin Parents?
Alexa Jordan Kenin was her full name; she was born on February 16, 1962, in New York. Her father was a doctor and her mother was an actress. When Alexa was young, her parents split up and her mom remarried an actor.
She made her acting debut in ‘The House Without a Christmas Tree’, a 1972 Christmas TV special.
Alexa was given the part of Regan MacNeil in the 1973 horror film “The Exorcist,” but she declined when she was just 10 years old. (I believe that she regretted the decision years later but how was she to know at the time that it would be so popular).
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she was a busy little actress, appearing in films alongside Bette Davis and Clint Eastwood. Some performers twice or three times her age could only dream of what Alexa had accomplished at such a young age, but one thing was certain: Alexa was well on her way to an incredible career.
At the age of 17, Alexa’s mother separated from her stepfather and the family relocated to Los Angeles. Alexa was a student at ‘Beverly Hills High School’ while she was working as an actress.
Alexa remained active in the industry through the early 1980s, appearing in films like “Little Darlings” (1980), “Honkytonk Man” (1982), and “Pretty in Pink” (which was released after her death) in which she played the role that would become her most famous. However, her final official film was “Animal Behaviour,” which was released in 1989.
Her breakout part was in the 1985 cult classic Pretty In Pink when she portrayed Jena, a friend of Molly Ringwald’s Andie. John Hughes, the great screenwriter, penned the picture.
Alexa had just about everything she could want at this time in her life, as she was collaborating with future members of the iconic 1980s Brat Pack. She had already worked with Hollywood greats, so this role felt like a natural progression in her stellar career. People who knew her claimed she had the makings of an amazing actor, and she had experience and talent well beyond her years. She had a promising future ahead of her.
But alas, it was not meant to be. Alexa was discovered dead in her New York apartment not long after wrapping production on “Pretty in Pink.”
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