Lisa Lynn Masters

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Lisa Lynn Masters
Born(1964-03-20)March 20, 1964
DiedNovember 15, 2016(2016-11-15) (aged 52)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress, model
Years active1996–2016
Known forUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Spouse(s)William Brooks (2004–2016; her death)

Lisa Lynn Masters (March 20, 1964[1] – November 15, 2016)[2] was an American actress, writer and model.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Masters was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.[4] She graduated from Appalachian State University in Broadcasting with a minor in Modern Dance.[3] She later attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

After college, Masters worked as a model and news reporter[3] and landed an uncredited role as a news reporter in the feature film The Siege.[5] She appeared in TV commercials and later, the feature films The Stepford Wives, The Stepford Wives, It's Complicated.[3]

Masters continued modeling and acted in several television series, including an episode each in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,[6] Ugly Betty, Iron Fist, Gossip Girl, Nashville, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Masters married William Ben Brooks in 2004.[3] They resided in Brooklyn, New York.[7] William Ben Brooks is an award-winning singer/songwriter on the Magnatune label, author and healing arts practitioner.

Death[edit]

At nearly midnight on November 15, 2016, Masters was found dead in a hotel room in Lima, Peru by hotel workers.[3] Suicide is suspected, as she was found hanging, and police say there were antidepressants nearby along with her cell phone that had instructions on how to contact her family in the United States.[8] Masters left two letters, some of which discussed her history of mental illness.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Close Up Reporter
1998 Burn Reporter
1998 The Siege Reporter #2
2002 One Day Mom Short film
2004 The Stepford Wives Carol Wainwright
2008 The Clique Mrs. Marvil
2009 It's Complicated Woman in Elevator
2013 Blumenthal Sadie
2015 The Girl in the Book Alana
2015 Fishbowl Dylan
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hope & Faith Guest #2 Episode: "Faith's Maid"
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Wendy Episode:"Gone"
2008 Ugly Betty Crying Museum Curator Episode: "Filing for the Enemy"
2010 Beach Lane Wife Television film
2011 Gossip Girl Bryn Harold Episode: "While You Weren't Sleeping"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tina Heller Episode: "Official Story"
2012 Royal Pains Mrs. Burns Episode: "About Face"
2015 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Dr. Goodman Episode: "Kimmy Goes to a Party!"
2015 Nashville Dr. Laurel Kennedy Episode: "Before You Go Make Sure You Know"
2017 Iron Fist Doctor Episode: "Under Leaf Pluck Lotus"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mrs. Lisa Lynn Masters Brooks Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information". Morrisfamilyfuneralhome.com. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  2. ^ "Lisa Lynn Masters obituary". Legacy.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Christodoulou, Holly (November 18, 2016). "Who was Lisa Lynn Masters, the Gossip Girl and Ugly Betty actress who has killed herself in Peru?". The Sun. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Lisa Lynn Masters profile". hollywoodlife.com.
  5. ^ "Lisa Lynn Masters profile". IMDb.com. The Internet Movie Database.
  6. ^ Ledbetter, Carly (November 18, 2016). "'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Actress Dead At 52". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Actress Lisa Lynn Masters dies at age 52 while on model assignment in Peru". The Hollywood Reporter; AOL.com. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' actress found dead in Peru hotel room". wbaltv.com. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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