Lisa Blount, an Oscar-winning producer who played Lynette Pomeroy in 1982’s An Officer and a Gentleman, was found dead in her Little Rock home Wednesday by her mother. She was 53.
Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said that Blount likely died on Monday and that there were no signs of foul play in Blount’s North Woodrow Street home.
Blount’s husband, film actor, screenwriter, director and producer Ray McKinnon, who’s also involved in show business, was not in town, officials said. The couple won the best live-action short film Academy Award in 2002 for their film, The Accountant.
“As one door was seemingly closing in my life, another door opened. And I only have one person to thank for that, my husband Ray McKinnon,” Blount said in her Oscar acceptance speech.
Lisa Blount got her acting start in a movie called 9/30/55, and played a 17-year old girl who was smitten by James Dean. That role pretty much described every teenage girl in America during that time.
Her other acting roles included those in Great Balls of Fire, with Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chrystal, with Billy Bob Thornton.
Lisa Blount’s autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.