Great Scott! Rochester native Lea Thompson joins 'Dancing with the Stars'


Lorraine McFly probably didn't see this in her future 30 years ago.

Lea Thompson, the Rochester native known for her roles in "Back to the Future," "Caroline in the City" and "Switched at Birth" among others, will be a contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality competition "Dancing with the Stars," the network announced Thursday.

Thompson, 53, will be joined by fellow contestants Michael Waltrip (NASCAR driver), Tavis Smiley (PBS host and author), Lolo Jones (a Des Moines native and accomplished hurdler), Tommy Chong (a comedian), Sadie Robertson (a teenage "Duck Dynasty" familiy member) and others.

Thompson's dance partner will be Artem Chigvintsev. It's his first season as a "pro" on "Dancing with the Stars."

Click here for the full contestant list. It's the show's 19th season, and premieres Monday Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CST on ABC.

Thompson was born in the southeast Minnesota city of Rochester in 1961, the youngest of five children according to her IMDB bio. After living in the Starlight Motel for a bit, the family moved to Minneapolis. Thompson quickly picked up dance, eventually performing with the Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet Company, and The Ballet Repertory, IMDB says.

Thompson's first acting role came in 1983, in "Jaws 3-D." She's probably most commonly known as the mother of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) in the "Back to the Future" movies.

Her husband is Howard Deutch, a longtime director and producer who is reportedly involved in the potential new HBO drama "Stillwater," which follows “a New York City cop as his life spirals out of control when he relocates his family to a small town in Minnesota.” The ABC "Dancing with the Stars" announcement says they live in Los Angeles with two daughters and a host of pets.

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