Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Claudia Wells spent her early childhood years growing up in Punto Fijo, Cariubana, Falcón, a Venezuelan city, later graduating from high school in San Francisco, California, where she was also raised. After appearances in TV shows, Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s girlfriend, on the 1985 film Back to the Future. However, after her mother had been diagnosed with cancer while Back to the Future was filming, Wells was not available to reprise the role for the two sequels; actress Elizabeth Shue replaced her.
That same year, 1985, Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the popular 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).
Claudia serves on the board of directors for Kids in the Spotlight, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May 2009. The program trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. This training culminates in an annual film festival competition with “Movies by Kids, for Kids.” Kids in the Spotlight allows kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encourages interest in careers in the movie industry, which is so prevalent in Los Angeles.