- Actress Cindy Morgan has died
- She was only 69 years old
- Her body was discovered at her Florida home
In a shocking turn of events that has left fans and fellow stars reeling, Cindy Morgan, 69, the dazzling actress who shot to fame with her risqué role in 'Caddyshack,' has bid adieu to the world. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the star passed away due to "natural causes" in her Lake Worth Beach abode.
The final curtain call
On December 30th, the silence of Morgan's home was pierced by a distressing 911 call. Her roommate, returning from a festive break, found Cindy unresponsive, with a "strong odor" emanating from her room. The exact date of her passing remains a mystery, yet authorities have ruled out any foul play.
We are still learning more information at this time. So far, we know that The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office confirmed to 'People' magazine that Morgan’s roommate discovered her body at her Florida home in Lake Worth Beach on Dec. 30 after returning home for the holidays.
But officials were not able to specify when she died, though they do not suspect foul play and think she died of natural causes. Morgan was last seen alive on Dec. 19.
Cindy's legacy on the screen won't easily be cast aside.
Morgan was born as Cynthia Ann Cichorski in Chicago on Sept. 29, 1954. She first gained notice as a model who appeared in commercials for Irish Spring soap. 'Caddyshack' was her feature film debut as the attractive niece of "Judge Smails," Bushwood’s founder played by Ted Knight.
"It was the longest and best party I’ve ever attended," she said of the filming of the cult classic.
Who could forget "Lacey Underall", the sultry sensation of the greens in 'Caddyshack'? Cindy burst onto the scene in 1980, holding her own alongside comedy legends like Bill Murray and Chevy Chase. But it wasn't just her on-screen charm that captured hearts; it was her fearless spirit in a male-dominated industry.
But she also had a little controversy in her life as well. In a candid 2012 interview, Morgan recounted her bold stance against Playboy's unsolicited photo ops, and her refusal to be objectified.
Despite the pressure, Cindy stood firm, turning a still from 'Caddyshack' into a symbol of empowerment during an era of social upheaval. For things like that and more, Cindy will remain a Hollywood icon.
"'Caddyshack' was my first film and I’ll say that the end product was so completely different," she recalled. "It was originally about the caddies. So at first, I had nothing to lose to audition. It was fun. All I did was focus on making the person sweat. Look ’em in the eye, do that thing many women know how to do. The real transformation came when producer John Peters sprung on me the night before that Playboy was coming to the set to shoot me and I said no. They came anyway and Peters said 'You are f---ed in this business!' [for refusing to do the shoot] and my agent didn’t handle it. From that moment on, Cindy Morgan was Lacey Underall."
Cindy's talents weren't confined to comedy. She dazzled in Disney's 'Tron,' soared in 'Falcon Crest,' and patrolled the drama in 'CHiPs.' Her voice graced the indie scene in 2022's 'Face of the Trinity,' proving her versatility and enduring appeal.
As we bid farewell to a true pioneer, Cindy Morgan's legacy will live on in the laughter, the drama, and the boldness she brought to the screen. Rest in peace, starlet.