"[He] will always be such an important part of my life," the actress says
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John Hughes made Molly Ringwald a teen star after casting her in his 1984 movie Sixteen Candles. After learning about the writer-director’s death on Thursday, Ringwald shared fond words about her frequent collaborator.

“I was stunned and incredibly sad to hear about the death of John Hughes,” Ringwald said in a statement. “He was and will always be such an important part of my life.”

“He will be missed – by me and by everyone that he has touched,” she added. “My heart and all my thoughts are with his family now.”

Ringwald, who now stars in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, also had leading roles in Hughes’s 1985 classic The Breakfast Club and 1986’s Pretty in Pink, which he wrote.

Another actor Hughes made famous, Matthew Broderick, who starred in 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, also shared his condolences with the director’s family.

“I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes,” Broderick said in a statement. “He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family.”