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|Born||Cynthia Ann Cichorski
September 29, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
While studying communications at Northern Illinois University, Morgan played records on the radio. A commercial station in town wanted her to report the news for them as well, and so a slight deception was needed. She used the name Cindy Morgan, taken from a story she read about Morgan le Fay when she was twelve years old.
After graduation, Morgan gave all the latest meteorological news on a television station in Rockford, Illinois. She also kept her hand in radio by working the graveyard shift at a local rock station. Then she returned to Chicago and deejayed on WSDM-FM (now WLUP-FM). During a labor dispute at the station, she literally quit on the air and walked out with a record still spinning on the turntable.
She found employment at auto shows for Fiat, which took her to both coasts. Morgan moved to Los Angeles in 1978, and became the Irish Spring girl. While she did television commercials, she studied acting, and was rewarded with her first screen role in Caddyshack, playing the role of Lacey Underall opposite Chevy Chase.
"Caddyshack was my first film and I'll say that the end product was so completely different, 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..."
Disney made film history with Tron, the first computer-generated film. Morgan played two characters: Lora, a computer programmer in the "real" world, and Yori, her alter-ego in the film's computer generated flights of imagination.
Morgan has many television and film credits, including portraying two different roles on the prime time soap opera Falcon Crest during the course of its run (Lance Cumson's love interest Lori Chapman in season 1, and Chase Gioberti's love interest Gabrielle Short from seasons 6-7). She made two appearances on Matlock as different characters. Her other credits include The Larry Sanders Show, Amazing Stories, CHiPs, and Bring 'Em Back Alive.
Morgan also associate-produced five films with Larry Estes, best known for Sex, Lies, and Videotape.
Morgan did not participate in the making of Tron Legacy, the sequel to her 1982 film, nor does she appear in any of the retrospective materials produced in conjunction with the sequel for use in a DVD/Blu-ray reissue of the film in 2011. She did, however, reunite with her costar Bruce Boxleitner, in character as Lora, in a mock news conference on April 2, 2010 promoting the release of Tron Legacy.
Morgan, whose father fought in World War II, is passionate about supporting the US military and helping to alleviate the financial hardship felt by those who have been called upon to serve in the recent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq[neutrality is disputed]. She was director of the Caddyshack Reunion Golf Tournament in 2006, which reunited some of the cast of Caddyshack (Morgan included), along with other celebrities. Subtitled "Playing For The Home Team" and hosted at Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, the tournament raised funds (and awareness) to benefit the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, an organization that helps the families of National Guard members and reservists on active duty.
Morgan spent years in television and radio before becoming an actress. She did the weather at 6 and 10 in Rockford, Illinois, and weekends in Milwaukee. She was the morning drive DJ at the Chicago radio station WSDM, now "The Loop." She ran camera and was an FCC licensed sound engineer. In 2006, Morgan provided the voice of Emily S. Preston in the Night Traveler multimedia adventure series produced by Lunar Moth Entertainment. She also voiced Ma3a in Buena Vista Interactive's PC game Tron 2.0 in 2003.
- Official website
- Cindy Morgan at the Internet Movie Database
- Cindy Morgan at AllMovie
- Moviefone Cindy Morgan Interview