'An Officer and a Gentleman' actress won live-action short Oscar
Thesp and producer Lisa Blount, who was featured in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” was found dead in her in her Little Rock, Ark., home Oct. 28. She was 53.Blount had been suffering from a rare blood disorder called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, in which low levels of platelets keep blood from clotting and lead to bleeding and bruising. The Pulaski County coroner told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she had probably died of natural causes Oct. 25. As Debra Winger’s insecure and cynical b.f. in the 1982 Paramount release, Blount’s character “another slut, but quite as fetching” as Winger, had a standout perf, according to Variety’s review. She drew a Golden Globe nomination for supporting actress. Before “Officer” she had had a couple of minor roles. In the following years, she guested in series such as “Moonlighting,” “Picket Fences” and “Judging Amy.” She had a longer arc in the short-lived Fox series “Profit.” Blount turned to producing and with her husband, Ray McKinnon, won the live-action short Oscar for 2001′s “The Accountant.” She also produced and acted in Billy Bob Thornton starrer “Chrystal” in 2004. In recent years she had moved to Arkansas as her illness had progressed. Survivors include her husband, multihyphenate McKinnon; mother; and a brother.