Friday 23 February 2018

Actor producer Lisa Blount dies

Lisa Blount was known for her role in An Officer And A Gentleman
Lisa Blount was known for her role in An Officer And A Gentleman

Lisa Blount, known best for her role in 1982's An Officer And A Gentleman, has died aged 53.

The actress died at her Arkansas home after battling chronic illness and complaining of back and neck pain, police said.

Lisa, who won an Oscar in 2001 for producing the live-action short film The Accountant, had suffered from a condition similar to multiple sclerosis for 17 years.

Police were called to the home she shared with her husband, actor and director Ray McKinnon, after her mother found her dead in her bedroom.

Ray, who recently played a football coach in the hit film The Blind Side, was out of state at the time of Lisa's death.

No foul play is suspected, though authorities haven't released a cause of death. Lisa was found in her bed holding a cell phone in her left hand, according to police. She last used the phone to tell a friend that she wasn't feeling well, police said.

Lisa was born in Fayetteville and grew up in Jacksonville before moving to Los Angeles. She gained fame - and a Golden Globe nomination - in An Officer And A Gentleman, in which she played Debra Winger's friend, Lynette Pomeroy. She also starred in 2004's Chrystal with fellow Arkansan Billy Bob Thornton.

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