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‘Officer and a Gentleman’ Costar Lisa Blount’s Death Spurs Web Searches

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‘Officer and a Gentleman’ Costar Lisa Blount’s Death Spurs Web Searches

Lisa Blount and David Keith in 'An Officer and a Gentleman' Paramount Pictures

Actor and filmmaker Lisa Blount was found dead in her home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was 53. The star's death spurred Yahoo! searches on "lisa blount" to rise an amazing 12,325% in just one day. Fans also looked up "lisa blount actress," "lisa blount biography," and "lisa blount death."

The stunning beauty first came on the scene with her breakout role in "An Officer and a Gentleman," playing Debra Winger's friend and David Keith's fiancée Lynette Pomeroy. The performance led to a Golden Globe nomination.

Interest in the 1982 movie led to the actor being voted "Favorite Female Newcomer" in 1983 by an US magazine readers' poll.

Before that big break, the Arkansas native got her start in movies soon after enrolling at the University of Arkansas. The budding collegiate was cast by director James Bridges in the movie "September 30, 1955."

Blount's other credits include "Prince of Darkness," "Great Balls of Fire!," and "Chrystal," starring alongside Billy Bob Thornton. The actor was also known as a "scream queen," thanks to starring in a few horror flicks in the '80s.

Lisa Blount in March, 2010 Amy Graves/Wireimage.com

Lisa Blount in March, 2010 Amy Graves/Wireimage.com

The multitalented Blount eventually moved from acting to filmmaking. She won an Oscar in 2001 for producing the live-action short "The Accountant," directed and acted by her husband, Ray McKinnon. The filmmaker most recently filmed the pilot for FX's "Outlaw Country."

In 2005, Blount and McKinnon moved from Los Angeles to Little Rock, Arkansas.

While her cause of death has not been reported, Blount's mother said she suffered from a condition similar to multiple sclerosis and had been complaining of back and neck pain. Police have ruled out foul play.