Wednesday, October 27, 2010

RIP Lisa Blount

Oscar-winning Actress, Fayetteville Native Lisa Blount Dies at 53

By Gwen Moritz, Amanda Morgan and Lance Turner
10/27/2010 4:29:03 PM

Lisa Blount, the Oscar-winning Fayetteville native and actress most famous as Debra Winger's best friend in the film "An Officer and a Gentleman," has died. She was 53.

Blount's mother found her in her Little Rock home on Wednesday. The cause of death is not known.

Blount was married to actor and screenwriter Ray McKinnon, who appeared on HBO's "Deadwood" and most recently as a high school football coach in the Sandra Bullock film, "The Blind Side." She and McKinnon won a 2002 best short feature Oscar for the film "The Accountant."

McKinnon had been out of town this week.

On Sept. 9, Blount was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.

After living 28 years in Los Angeles, Blount and McKinnon had recently moved back to Arkansas. One reason: to make great Southern movies.

"They think the accents are right, but we all know different," she told Little Rock Soiree in a June 2009 cover story.

The immersion in Arkansas culture and community allowed them both to step away from the spotlight a bit and focus on their writing and producing.

"You can only rely on memories for so long. You need life experiences that are current if you're going to tell stories about what you know," she said. "This is where we need to be."

Born: 7/1/1957, Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/27/2010, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.

Lisa Blount's western - actress:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV) - 1982 (Talley)

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