Pretty in Pink star Molly Ringwald‘s father recently faced a medical emergency at 36,000 feet, but thanks to the swift action of the airline and a doctor onboard the flight, Molly’s dad survived. And now, the 50-year-old has praised the heroes who saved her dad’s life, on Twitter.
“We all love to publicly vent against airlines, but today I would like to thank Southwest Airlines and the doctor who happened to be onboard. They emergency-landed the plane for my dad. Because of their speed and professionalism, my father’s life was saved,” she wrote on Thursday, April 26.
Southwest Airlines later responded to the actress’s post, tweeting, “Molly, we are so happy to hear that your father was taken care of by our crew today. We would love to follow up further so that we can recognize our crew.” Molly’s father, by the way, is renowned jazz pianist Robert “Bob” Ringwald. Even as Molly’s career took off — with roles in John Hughes movies such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club — Molly continued singing with her dad’s group, the Fulton Street Jazz Band.
“I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician,” Molly said in a press release for her own debut studio album, 2013’s Except Sometimes. “Beginning at around age three, I started singing with his band, and jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It’s always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded.” (She famously recorded a jazz cover of the Simple Minds song “Don’t You Forget About Me” from The Breakfast Club.) We wish Molly and her dad many more years of making jazz music together!