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Lisa Banes
Lisa Banes at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2009
Born(1955-07-09)July 9, 1955
DiedJune 14, 2021(2021-06-14) (aged 65)
New York City, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active1980–2021
SpouseKathryn Kranhold

Lisa Lou Banes (July 9, 1955 – June 14, 2021) was an American actress known for more than 80 film and television roles, as well as stage appearances on Broadway and elsewhere.

Banes won a 1981 Theatre World Award for her performance as Alison Porter Off-Broadway in Look Back in Anger and, in 1984, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Isn't it Romantic?.[1] She played Lady Croom in the 1995 American premiere of Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia.[2] In film, she appeared in Cocktail (1988), Freedom Writers (2007), Gone Girl (2014), and as Hollis in A Cure for Wellness (2016).

Early life[edit]

Banes was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She studied acting at the Juilliard School in New York City.



Banes appeared on Broadway several times. She played Cassie in the Neil Simon play Rumors in 1988 with Christine Baranski, Margaret Lord in the musical High Society with Anna Kendrick in 1998, was in Accent on Youth with David Hyde Pierce in 2009, and most recently in the 2010 revival of Present Laughter with Victor Garber.

Television and film[edit]

On television, Banes had regular roles as Doreen Morrison in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill starring Sharon Gless, and as Mayor Anita Massengil on the Fox comedy series Son of the Beach (2000–01).[3] She also had recurring roles on The King of Queens as Carrie's boss Georgia Boone, Six Feet Under as Victoria, on One Life to Live as Eve McBain, and on Nashville Season 6 as the Ranch Director. She also guest starred as a Trill doctor in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Equilibrium". Banes played Anne Kane in the 1985 TV miniseries Kane & Abel. Her other television credits include China Beach; Murder, She Wrote; The Practice; NYPD Blue; Desperate Housewives; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; The Good Wife; NCIS; and Once Upon a Time. From 2010 to 2016, she had a recurring role as Ellen Collins on Royal Pains.

Banes also starred as Mrs. Berry in The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Bonnie in Cocktail (1988), Flora in Dragonfly (2002), and Christina Ricci's mother in Pumpkin (2002). In 2014, she appeared in David Fincher's Gone Girl as Marybeth Elliott, mother of Amy Elliott (Rosamund Pike).

Personal life and death[edit]

Banes lived in Los Angeles. She was married to Kathryn Kranhold.[4]


On June 4, 2021, Banes was in a marked crosswalk on Amsterdam Avenue approaching her destination, the Juilliard School, when she was struck by a person operating an electric scooter. The scooter rider, who had gone through a red light, fled the scene of the hit and run collision on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[5] Banes was admitted to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital with a traumatic brain injury[4][6] and died there on June 14 at the age of 65.[3][7] The suspect immediately drove 4 miles (6.4 km) to an Upper Manhattan shop to get his vehicle fixed.[5]

On August 5, 2021, police arrested 26-year old Brian Boyd at his apartment in the Amsterdam Houses, near where he ran down Banes. He was jailed on a bail of $30,000 cash or $100,000 bond. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and failure to yield to a pedestrian.[5] On September 28, 2022, Boyd pleaded guilty to manslaughter;[8] on November 30, 2022, he was sentenced to up to three years in prison.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Mother
1985 Marie Toni Greer
1988 Cocktail Bonnie
1988 Young Guns Mallory
1995 Miami Rhapsody Gynecologist
1998 Without Limits Elfriede Prefontaine
2002 Pumpkin Chippy McDuffy
2002 Dragonfly Flora
2007 Freedom Writers Karin Polachek
2008 Brothel Priscilla
2009 Legally Blondes Headmistress Higgins
2014 Gone Girl Marybeth Elliott
2016 A Cure for Wellness Hollis
2017 Six Women Holly Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Spenser: For Hire Meghan Farrell Episode "No Room at the Inn"
1985 Look Back in Anger Allison Porter TV movie
1986 One Police Plaza Erica TV movie
1986 The Equalizer Allison Episode: Nightscape
1987 Leg Work Celia Checkman Episodes: "Pilot", "The Art of Murder"
1988 Hemingway Martha Gelhorn Television miniseries,
Main cast
1989 Life Goes On Kathryn Henning Episode: "Paige's Mom"
1989 China Beach Cat Von Steeger Episodes: "How to Stay Alive in Vietnam (Parts 1 & 2)"
1990 American Dreamer Jessica Episode: Pilot
1990 A Killer Among Us Joanna Westrope TV movie
1990 Close Encounter Andrea Griffin TV movie
1990–1992 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Doreen Morrison Main cast
1992 The Presence Diana TV movie
1993 Revenge on the Highway Vi Sams TV movie
1993 A Family Torn Apart Barbara Forester TV movie
1993 Gloria Vane Doreen TV movie
1993 L.A. Law Cara Mitchell Episode: "Leap of Faith"
1993 Sisters Barbara Buckley Episode: "The Good Daughter"
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Doctor Renhol Episode: "Equilibrium"
1994 Roseanne Mrs. Simms Episode: "White Men Can't Kiss"
1994 Cries from the Heart Ms. Tolbert TV movie
1995 Murder, She Wrote Lucy Hedrix Episode: "Shooting in Rome"
1995 High Society Tippi Von Schlaugger Episode: "The Naked and the Deadline"
1995 The Avenging Angel Rebecca Heaton TV movie
1996 My Son is Innocent Lisa Eubanks TV movie
1996 Last Exit to Earth Elder TV movie
1996 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Jessica Lewsohn TV movie
1996 Murder One Vivien Barone Episode: "Chapter Ten"
1996 Frasier Pamela Episode: "A Lilith Thanksgiving"
1998 Michael Hayes Madeline Episodes: "Imagine (Parts 1 & 2)
1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Barbara Hutton Television miniseries
1999 Legacy Georgina Winters 4 episodes
2000–2001 Son of the Beach Mayor Anita Massengil Main cast (seasons 1–2)
2002 Philly Carolyn Minelli Episode: "Lies of Minelli"
2002 The Practice Judge Samantha Cooke Episode: "Eat and Run"
2002 Girls Club Meredith Holt Recurring role (canceled after 2 episodes)
2004 One Life to Live Eve McBain 13 episodes
2004 It's All Relative Viveca Episode: "Ready, Aim, Sing"
2004 NYPD Blue Defense Attorney Episode: " Divorce, Detective Style"
2004 Combustion Mayor Wallker TV movie
2004 King of Queens Georgia Boone 2 episodes
2005 Jake in Progress Valerie Page Episode: "Harpy Birthday"
2005 Six Feet Under Victoria 3 episodes
2005 Out of Practice Chef Vivian Episode: "Key Ingredients"
2005 Boston Legal Attorney Kimberly Mellon Episode: "Truly, Madly, Deeply"
2006 In Justice D.A. Margaret Mannheim Episode: "Another Country"
2006 The Unit Dr. Rhea Morrison Episode: "SERE"
2006 Saved Dr. Victoria Cole Episodes: "Fog" and "Family"
2006 Desperate Housewives Vera Keck Episode: "Like It Was"
2007 Psych Edna Crocker Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2010 The Good Wife Georgia McGowen Episode: "Cleaning House"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Elaine Fyre Cavanaugh Episode: "Totem"
2011 How to be a Gentleman Madeline Episode: "How to Attend Your Ex-Fiance's Wedding"
2012 Perception Irene Reardon Episodes: "Nemesis", "Kilimanjaro"
2015 NCIS Ambassador Olivia Edmunds Episode: "Patience"
2016 Rosewood Esther Wilford Episode: "Hydrocephalus and Hard Knocks"
2010–2016 Royal Pains Ellen Collins 9 episodes
2016 Once Upon a Time Lady Tremaine Episode: "The Other Shoe"
2016 Masters of Sex Nina Clavermore Episodes: "Outliers", "Topeka"
2016 Madam Secretary Arabelle Marsh Episode: "Tectonic Shift"
2018 Nashville Ranch Director 4 episodes
2021 Them Esther Haber Episode "Day 6"
2022 The Orville Speria Balask 3 episodes; Posthumous release


  1. ^ "Theatre World Award Recipients". theatreworldawards.org. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Canby, Vincent (March 31, 1995). "Theater Review: Arcadia; Stoppard's Comedy Of 1809 And Now". The New York Times. p. C-1. Archived from the original on October 13, 2023. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Cramer, Maria; Genzlinger, Neil (June 15, 2021). "Lisa Banes, Film and Stage Actress, Dies at 65". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (June 5, 2021). "Film And TV Actress Lisa Banes In Critical Condition From NYC Hit-And-Run Accident". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 17, 2022. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Parascandola, Rocco; Burke, Kerry; Thomas, Tracy (August 7, 2021) [August 6, 2021]. "Scooter driver sped away from dying actress Lisa Banes to get wheels repaired: prosecutors". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 29, 2024. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  6. ^ Tracy, Thomas (June 5, 2021). "'Gone Girl', 'Cocktail' actress clinging to life after being hit by scooter near Lincoln Center". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 29, 2024. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  7. ^ Wong, Wilson; Dasrath, Diana (June 15, 2021). "'Gone Girl' actor Lisa Banes dies after apparent hit-and-run in NYC" (newscast video, text). NBC News. Archived from the original on April 7, 2023. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "Guilty plea in hit-run death of 'Gone Girl' actor Lisa Banes". Associated Press. September 28, 2022. Archived from the original on March 31, 2023. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
  9. ^ Schweber, Nate (November 30, 2022). "Scooter Driver Who Struck and Killed Actress Gets Up to 3 Years". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 8, 2022. Retrieved November 30, 2022.

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