US actress Pamela Gidley, best known for her role as Teresa Banks, the murder victim in the Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk With Me, has died aged 52.
She passed away "peacefully" at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on 16 April, an obituary released by her family confirmed on Sunday.
A cause of death has not been made public.
Gidley, a former child model, was named the "Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in 1985.
She transitioned into acting a year later, appearing alongside Josh Brolin and future Twin Peaks co-star Sherilyn Fenn in Thrashin'.
In a tribute post on Instagram, Brolin spoke of his "amazing and innocent memories" of Gidley.
"A spitfire, and a truly funny person", he added.
Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, Gidley studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, before moving to Los Angeles.
My co-star in “Thrashin” and my girlfriend twice in a lifetime. Amazing and innocent memories of her: a spitfire, and a truly funny person she was. I remember is being in bed (I was 17) and hearing the radio come on saying that the Challenger had just exploded. These milestones in your life: amazing people to grace us with their spirit, their presence. She will have forever affected mine. Thank you for the gift of you, Pam. Rest In Peace beautiful girl. ❤️🙏 #thrashin #dogtownbeginnings #godschildren @robertrusler #pamgidley
My dear Whammy....there are no words. My heart is broken into pieces 💔🙏🏻💔🙏🏻💔You will always be my best friend, soul sister & confident ...... always & forever💋💋💋 pic.twitter.com/JKI23CtvTJ— sherilynfenn (@sherilynfenn1) April 24, 2018
Good-bye sweet Pamela! You'll always be in my heart! https://t.co/gStDgIAqmI— Ray Wise (@therealraywise) April 26, 2018
Her portrayal as troubled teenager Banks in the 1992 big-screen prequel to director David Lynch's revived cult TV series proved to be her breakthrough.
The character, an underage prostitute, was ultimately murdered at the hands of corrupt attorney Leland Palmer, played by Ray Wise.
Bank's corpse, found wrapped in plastic with a letter "T" under her ring fingernail, led authorities to believe that her murder and that of the character, Laura Palmer, a year later were connected.
Role of a lifetime
In a 2016 Twin Peaks interview, Gidley explained Lynch had personally approached her for the role, despite the fact she was shooting The Crew in the Caribbean at the time.
"He offered me that role, and so there was a conflict of interest", she said.
"David wanted me so much for the character that he guaranteed the other film that he would pay all flights and all insurance.
"I was literally going from the Bahamas to Seattle, from Seattle to the Bahamas, almost every other 10 days…That to me was like, 'Wow, you want me that bad?' Holy Christ. I can't imagine anyone wanted me that bad."
Gidley went on to appear in both TV and movies, including cult science-fiction classic Cherry 2000 and the CBS drama series, Angel Street.
Her most recent big-screen appearance came in 2005 indie film Cake Boy.
She is survived by her mother, Phyllis; brothers Glenn, Daniel and Brian; sister-in-law Darlene; and nephews and nieces Adam, Keegan, Erica and Alexis.