Cindy Morgan

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Cindy Morgan
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2012 photo
Born
Cynthia Ann Cichorski

(1954-09-29) September 29, 1954 (age 64)
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Websitehttp://www.cindy-morgan.com/

Cindy Morgan (born Cynthia Ann Cichorski; September 29, 1954) is an American actress best known for her appearances as Lora/Yori in Tron and Lacey Underall in Caddyshack.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Morgan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Polish and German parents. Morgan attended 12 years of Catholic school, then studied communications at Northern Illinois University, where she played records on the campus radio station.[2] A commercial station in town wanted her to report the news for them, which she did, adopting the last name Morgan, from a story she had read about Morgan le Fay when she was 12 years old.[2]

After graduation, Morgan worked at a television station in Rockford, Illinois, where she reported on meteorological events. She also kept her hand in radio by working the graveyard shift at a local rock station. She returned to Chicago and deejayed on WSDM, until quitting on air, during a labor dispute at the station, walking out with a record still spinning on the turntable.

Morgan then worked for Fiat Automobiles. She moved to Los Angeles in 1978, and became the Irish Spring girl in various advertisements, while attending acting schools and workshops.

Morgan landed her first screen role in the 1980 comedy Caddyshack, playing the role of sexy bombshell Lacey Underall.[3] In a 2012 interview, Morgan said of the lusty role:

"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 ..."[4]

Morgan appeared in the 1982 hit Tron, the first computer-generated film. She 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.[5]

Morgan has many television and film credits, including portraying two different roles on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, Lori Chapman in season one and Gabrielle Short in seasons six and seven. Morgan also played two different characters, in two different episodes, on the television series Matlock. Her other credits include guest and minor appearances on The Larry Sanders Show, Amazing Stories, CHiPs, and Bring 'Em Back Alive.

Morgan also associate-produced five films with Larry Estes.

According to the documentary Caddyshack: The Inside Story, Morgan is currently a resident of Florida and is in her 40th year of working on a book about her experiences during the making of Caddyshack.

Cindy Morgan at Phoenix Comicon in May 2013, promoting Tron

Morgan did not participate in the making of Tron: Legacy, the 2010 sequel to the 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, 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.[6]

Charitable works[edit]

Morgan, whose father fought in World War II, is passionate about supporting the United States military and helping to alleviate the financial hardship felt by those who have been called to serve in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 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.

Voice acting[edit]

Morgan spent years in television and radio before becoming an actress. She presented the weather report at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois, and weekends in Milwaukee. She was the morning drive DJ at the Chicago radio station WSDM, later "The Loop". She ran camera and was an FCC-licensed radio-station 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.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Up Yours (aka Up Your Ladder) Elaine
1980 Caddyshack Lacey Underall
1982 Tron Lora/Yori
1985 The Midnight Hour Vicky Jensen Television movie
1995 Galaxis Detective Kelly
1995 Dead Weekend Newscaster Television movie
1995 Amanda & the Alien Holly Hoedown Television movie
1995 Out There Judith Davis Television movie
2006 Open Mic'rs Cindy Morgan
2009 Summer Waters Mrs. Leeds Short film
2011 Empty Sky Donna Pershing Short film
2016 The Seventh Year Wanda Platt Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Love Boat Tracy Cotts Episode: "Clothes Make the Girl"
1981 CHiPs Jennifer 2 episodes
1981 Vegas Margie Jenkins Episode: "Time Bomb"
1981 CHiPs Melanie Mitchell Episode: "Mitchell & Woods"
1982–1983 Bring 'Em Back Alive Gloria Marlowe 12 episodes
1982 Falcon Crest Lori Episode: "For Love or Money"
1984 Masquerade N/A Episode: "Flashpoint"
1984 Hawaiian Heat Sharon Episode: "Picture Imperfect"
1986 The Fall Guy Zoe LeRoy Episode: "No Rms Ocean Vu"
1986 Tough Cookies Maggie Episode: "The Unfantasy"
1986 Crazy Like a Fox N/A Episode: "The Duke Is Dead"
1986 Amazing Stories Beth Episode: "Hell Toupee"
1987–1988 Falcon Crest Gabrielle Short 15 episodes
1987 Hunter Carol Benson Episode: "Hot Prowl"
1987 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Laura Wells Episode: "The Return of the Shaggy Dog"
1987 Beverly Hills Buntz Randy Episode: "Sid and Randy"
1988 Matlock Jessie Martin Episode: "The Lemon"
1988 The Highwayman Mink Episode: "The Billionaire Body Club"
1988 She's the Sheriff Samantha Episode: "Max's Ten"
1989 Matlock Linda Hansfield 2 episodes
1990 Mancuso, FBI Amanda Episode: "Adamant Eve"
1991 Hunter Paula Allen Episode: "Room Service"
1992 Harry and the Hendersons Julia Episode: "The Green Eyed Bigfoot"
1992 The Larry Sanders Show Karen Jackson Episode: "The Promise"
1994 Under Suspicion Laura Brian Episode: "Father/Daughter Murder"

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ a b Starlog Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The New York Times "Caddyshack (1980) 'CADDYSHACK,' 'ANIMAL HOUSE' SPINOFF review at The New York Times
  4. ^ "DeskofBrian.com interview, 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ New York Times
  6. ^ Io9.com coverage, accessed May 6, 2012
  7. ^ Sociallitelife.com

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