Lisa Blount was born July 1, 1957 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
She grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas and quit high school at the age of 16.
Then at the age of 17, Lisa was cast by Arkansas writer and director James Bridges to play Billie Jean Turner, a James Dean-obsessed goth girl in his 1977 film titled “September 30, 1955.”
Lisa studied theatre at Valdosta State University and enrolled at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville despite not having a high school diploma.
In 1979, she played Vivian Buck in the film “The Swap.”
Lisa landed several small television roles and took a ‘Scream Queen’ horror movie role as Lisa, a girl on the beach, in the 1981 film “Dead & Buried.”
Then in 1981, she was cast in the role that most of us will always remember her for.
An Officer and a Gentleman
Lisa Blount was cast as the cynical, ambitious but insecure Lynette Pomeroy in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. Her character was best friend to Debra’s Winger’s character Paula Pokrifki and in the film begins dating Aviation candidate Sid Worley (played by David Keith).
Her character then pretends to get pregnant so she can marry Sid and get away from her small town life. However, when Sid learns she is pregnant, he drops out of the Navy and indeed does ask her to marry him. Her character refuses, not wanting to settle for a normal life, and leading Sid to commit suicide.
Lisa Blount received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Lynette and was then voted “Favorite Female Newcomer” in 1983 by a “US” magazine readers poll.
She married filmographer Christopher Tufty on March 19, 1982, a short marriage that led to divorce.
Lisa would continue to have steady work, alternating between feature films and guest TV roles from the 1980s into the 2000s.
She also became known as the “scream queen” star of several 80s horror movies.
Lisa married actor/writer/director Ray McKinnon in 1998.
She then turned to producing along with her husband.
Lisa produced and her husband wrote and directed the 2001 film “The Accountant” for which she shared an Academy Ward for Best Live Action Short.
She also suffered from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), in which low levels of platelets keep blood from clotting and lead to bleeding and bruising.
Lisa Blount tragically was found dead in her Little Rock, Arkansas home by her mother on October 27, 2010.
The coroner told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Lisa appeared to have died two days earlier. No foul play was suspected, according to the Pulaski County Coroner.
Later her mother, referring to Lisa’s 17 year battle with this rare blood disorder, told RadarOnline.com:
“I think that might have been part of the problem when she passed away because when I found her she had a purple look on her neck that looked like blood on the surface.”
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