It’s amazing what happened to Cates because she was one of the most exciting stars of her era. She set pulses racing in that iconic red bikini in Fast Times in Ridgemont High. Then she disappeared at the height of her fame and confused everybody. She constantly appears on lists of stars who vanished off the radar.
But there’s a good reason why Cates quit the stressors of Hollywood. She made a lot of money from her roles and decided to use her savings to pursue normal jobs. Cates owns a boutique fashion store and turned her attention toward clothing. Meanwhile, she also raised a family after she became a mother (via NZ Herald).