Phoebe Cates Kline (born Phoebe Belle Cates; July 16, 1963), better known as Phoebe Cates, is an American retired film actress, model and singer. She is known for her roles in several 1980s films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.
Cates was born in New York City, to a family of television and Broadway production insiders. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates (originally "Joseph Katz"), who was a major Broadway producer and a pioneering figure in television, and who helped create The $64,000 Question. Her late uncle, Gilbert Cates, produced numerous television specials, often in partnership with Cates's father, as well as several annual Academy Awards shows. Her father and maternal grandmother were Russian Jews, and her maternal grandfather was Chinese-Filipino. Cates' mother was born in Shanghai, China.