Officer and a Gentleman Star Lisa Blount Found Dead at 53


Actress Lisa Blount, best known for her breakout role as the ambitious Lynette Pomeroy in An Officer and a Gentleman, was found dead at 53 in her Little Rock, Arkansas home on Wednesday.

The Pulaski County Coroner's office told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the actress likely died on Monday; no signs of foul play were suspected.

Blount's role in An Officer and a Gentleman earned her high praise from fans and critics alike; she was nominated for a Golden Globe and was voted "Favorite Female Newcomer" in 1983 by an Us Magazine readers' poll.

The actress made more than 40 appearances in both film and television, which included roles on Moonlighting, Picket Fences and Chyrstals (opposite Billy Bob Thornton).

In addition to acting, Blount also produced three films, including the 2002 Oscar winner The Account (which costarred her husband, Ray McKinnon).

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During her acceptance speech, the actress/producer credited her spouse for helping her win the Academy Award.

"As one door was seemingly closing in my life, another door opened," she said. "And I only have one person to thank for that, my husband Ray McKinnon."

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