Molly Ringwald—she of Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club (aka John Hughes' ultimate cool-but-not-too-cool teen protagonist—wrote a beautiful op-ed piece in the New York Times about the heartache she feels now that her mentor has passed away. Turns out, they had had a falling-out of sorts, largely due to her not wanting to work with him again as a way to "grow out" of being the pink-loving Andie, so to speak. Later, Hughes became a recluse, and he stayed that way until his death, pretty much. But the two managed to mend fences.
It's part of growing into our own skin, believing it when someone says to us: You are amazing. I hardly ever hear it. And when I do, it doesn't stick. And I'm the poorer for it.
"John saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself. He had complete confidence in me as an actor, which was an extraordinary and heady sensation for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old girl. I did some of my best work with him. How could I not? He continually told me that I was the best, and because of my undying respect for him and his judgment, how could I have not believed him?"