Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Actress Lisa Blount Passes On

Lisa Blount, who played Catherine Danforth in Prince of Darkness (1987) and Jim Profit's highly sexualised stepmother Bobbi on the TV series Profit passed on 25 October 2010 at the age of 53. According to her mother, Miss Blount has suffered from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a chronic condition which can cause bleeding and bruising.

Lisa Blount was born on 1 July 1957 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She grew up in Jacksonville, Arkansas. She left high school at age 16 and enrolled at the University of Arkansas. She made her film debut in 1977 in September 30, 1955, in which she played a proto-Goth girl who idolised James Dean. She would appear in several films from the late Seventies into the Eighties, including The Swap (1979), Dead & Buried (1981), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), What Waits Below (1984), Radioactive Dreams (1985), Cut and Run (1985), Nighflyers (1987), Prince of Darkness (1987), South of Reno (1988), Out Cold (1989), Blind Fury (1989), and Great Balls of Fire (1989). She also appeared in the TV shows Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Moonlighting, Starman, Magnum P.I., and Murder She Wrote.

It was in 1996 that Lisa Blount was cast in the role of Bobbie Stakowski, Jim Profit's stepmother and ex-lover, in the short lived series Profit. In 1991 she was a regular on the short lived show Sons and Daughters. Miss Blount appeared in such shows as Picket Fences, The Client, and Cracker. She appeared in the films Femme Fatale (1991), Needful Things (1993), Stalked (1994), Box of Moon Light (1996), and  If...Dog..Rabbit (1999).

In 2001 Miss Blount assumed the role of producer with her husband Ray McKinnon. They produced the Academy Award winning short "the accountant (2001)." They also produced the feature films Chrystal (2004) in which Miss Blount also starred, and Randy and the Mob (2007). She also appeared in the film Birdseye (2002).

I remember Lisa Blount best as Bobbi on the short lived series Profit, the protagonist's overtly sexual, scheming, money hungry stepmother. She was very impressive in the role, as she was in most every role she played. Indeed, she was particularly fine in Prince of Darkness, giving a good performance as Catherine Danforth, a character who would be pivotal in the climax of the film. She was an extremely talented actress and her life ended much too soon.

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