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Ally Sheedy Researched Transitioning a Lot to Support Transgender Son — inside Their Bond

Edduin Carvajal
Oct 11, 2020
07:00 A.M.
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Actress and author Ally Sheedy, best known as Lucy Berliner in "High Art," has a son named Beckett. He has been very open about his transition from female to male.


Born in June 1962, Ally Sheedy has had a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. It all started in the early 80s when she took a minor role in "CBS Afternoon Playhouse."

In 1983, she made her film debut in "Bad Boys," wherein she proved how talented she was. She garnered a lot of attention in 1985, though, when she appeared in "Breakfast Club."

Ally Sheedy at the 58th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 24, 1986 | Photo: Getty Images



Following the success of "Breakfast Club," where Ally portrayed Allison Reynolds, the actress took part in other famous projects like "Short Circuit," "Betsy's Wedding" and "Man's Best Friend."

It wasn't until 1999 that Ally Sheedy received her first accolades as an actress, and it was all thanks to "High Art," released in 1998.


For her outstanding portrayal of Lucy Berliner, a 40-year-old photographer, Ally took home an Independent Spirit, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, and a National Society of Film Critics Award.

Most recently, Ally took on the roles of Yang in "Psych," Joani Lunsford in "Little Sister," and "Fiona" in the TV series "SMILF." She is also a professor at The City University of New York, where she teaches film.



As per the actress' love life, she has been married only once throughout her life. The lucky one was actor David Lansbury, Angela Lansbury's nephew.

The ex-couple tied the knot in October 1992 and got divorced in June 2009. During their time together, they welcomed a child, Beckett Lansbury, born in 1994.


Beckett, whose birth name was Rebecca, was assigned female at birth but successfully made the transition into a man, and got all the support from his family.

Ally's son has been making headlines due to his sexual preferences for a decade already. In 2010, years before Beckett began his transition journey, the actress revealed for the first time that her then-daughter was lesbian.


One year later, Ally was interviewed about her commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, and she pointed out that she felt the social responsibility to speak out when it comes to gay rights and injustices.

Beckett has a lot to do with that decision, of course, but Ally Sheedy's mother, civil rights activist Charlotte Sheedy, is gay, as well.

I did do as much research as I possibly could.

Ally Sheedy on March 10, 2018 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey | Photo: Getty Images



In June 2020, Ally and Beckett were invited to "We Are Family," a  Parents Magazine podcast, to talk about parenting trans children.

During the show, it was revealed that Beckett, who is currently a teacher and works in sexual violence prevention, started taking hormones to medically transition from female to male circa 2015.


Apart from that, Ally's son confessed that although not seeing his friends due to the coronavirus pandemic is hard, he feels particularly lucky because he is quarantining with his partner and two cats, so he is not entirely alone.

Beckett explained that, when he first came out, he used to call himself bisexual. As the years went by, he started thinking and learning more about gender identity. By the time he was in college, he had begun using masculine pronouns and taking testosterone for the transition. He also changed his name.


Ally admitted, though, that the whole process was scary at the beginning because she didn't quite understand anything about hormones or what was going to happen to Beckett. She added:

"I did do as much research as I possibly could so I could actually know what I was talking about a little bit when I had a conversation with him."

The fact that Beckett documented most of his transition on social media definitely helped Ally understand the importance of his journey as she could feel how he was "settling" into himself.

Ally Sheedy finished the conversation by saying that she couldn't be prouder of her son, adding that she admires and respects him so much. Way to go, Ally.


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