She was best known for her parts in the hit movies Caddyshack and Tron in the 1980s. Cindy Morgan was found dead. She was 69 years old.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE that Morgan’s roommate found her body at her Lake Worth Beach, Florida, home on December 30 after coming home for the holidays.
Officials couldn’t say for sure when she died, but they don’t think she was killed and believe she died of natural causes. Morgan was seen alive for the last time on December 19.
Morgan was born in Chicago on September 29, 1954. Before becoming an actor, she worked as a weather forecaster, radio host, and DJ. In the late 1970s, she went to Los Angeles and got a job as a model for Irish Spring soap. After that, she started appearing in commercials and print ads. After that success, she got a big break in her first movie, the raunchy hit comedy Caddyshack (1980), where she played a hot golfer opposite Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield.
In an interview in 2012, Morgan talked about how she felt when her character Lacey Underall became popular.
“Caddyshack was my first film and I’ll say that the end product was so completely different,” she said. “It was originally about the caddies. So at first, I had nothing to lose to audition. It was fun. All I did was focus on making the person sweat. Look ’em in the eye, do that thing many women know how to do. The real transformation came when producer John Peters sprung on me the night before that Playboy was coming to the set to shoot me and I said no. They came anyway and Peters said “You are f—ed in this business!” [for refusing to do the shoot] and my agent didn’t handle it. From that moment on, Cindy Morgan was Lacey Underall.”
In the same year, the actor was in Paul Schrader’s neo-noir crime drama American Gigolo. She then played two roles in the 1982 sci-fi adventure Tron, as Dr. Lora Baines and Yori. During the 1980s and 1990s, she kept acting, mostly on TV. She had lead parts on the adventure show Bring ‘Em Back Alive, which was about a wild animal collector, and on the popular Napa Valley soap opera Falcon Crest.
Morgan has also been in episodes of Hunter, She’s the Sheriff, The Fall Guy, CHiPs, and more. In the independent film Face of the Trinity, which came out in 2022, she did the voice of Mason’s mother.
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