Lea Katherine Thompson is an American actress and director. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines-McFly in the Back to the Future film trilogy (1985–1990) and Beverly Switzler in Howard the Duck (1986). Other films for which she is known include All the Right Moves (1983), Red Dawn (1984), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), Dennis the Menace (1993) and The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). In the 1990s, she played the title character in the NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. From 2011 to 2017, she co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family-turned-Freeform series Switched at Birth.