Twin Peaks actress Pamela Gidley has died aged 52, her family confirmed.
The actress is believed to have passed away “peacefully at her home” in New Hampshire on April 16, states an obituary from her family published on Legacy.com.
The former model will forever be remembered for appearing in Twin Peaks prequel Fire Walk With Me back in 1992.
She was dubbed the most beautiful woman in the world after bursting onto our screens as murder victim Teresa Banks in the 1992 film which was a prequel to the acclaimed TV show..
The dead body of prostitute and a drug addict Teresa was found wrapped in plastic with a letter ‘T’ beneath her ring fingernail, leading police to link her murder to Laura Palmer’s one year later.
She’s best known for her role as Teresa Banks.
The horror film followed an investigation into the murder of Pamela’s character Teresa.
But in an interview, Pamela explained she almost didn’t take the role, which was one of the defining moments of her career.
During a 2016 interview, the star said she was filming The Crew in the Caribbean when she was approached by David Lynch to star.
She said: “He offered me that role, and so there was a conflict of interest.“David wanted me so much for the character that he guaranteed the other film that he would pay all flights and all insurance.”Pamela admitted she was surprised a director wanted her so bad.
She added: “I was literally going from the Bahamas to Seattle, from Seattle to the Bahamas, almost every other 10 days…
“That to me was like, ‘Wow, you want me that bad?’ Holy Christ. I can’t imagine anyone wanted me that bad.”
Pamela first rose to prominence thanks to 1986 film Thrashin’, a skater drama alongside Josh Brolin and Robert Rusler.
The actress was named the Most Beautiful Girl in the World the year before by the Wilhelmina Modelling Agency.
The married star went on to appear in other big screen offerings including Dudes, Permanent Record, The Blue Iguana and Cherry 2000.
Avengers: Infinity War star Josh Brolin paid tribute to his former co-star on Instagram.
My co-star in “Thrashin” and my girlfriend twice in a lifetime. Amazing and innocent memories of her: a spitfire, and a truly funny person she was. I remember is being in bed (I was 17) and hearing the radio come on saying that the Challenger had just exploded. These milestones in your life: amazing people to grace us with their spirit, their presence. She will have forever affected mine. Thank you for the gift of you, Pam. Rest In Peace beautiful girl. ❤️🙏 #thrashin #dogtownbeginnings #godschildren @robertrusler #pamgidley
The actor posted a stunning shot of the actress and wrote: “My co-star in ‘Thrashin’ and my girlfriend twice in a lifetime.
“Amazing and innocent memories of her: a spitfire, and a truly funny person she was.“Thank you for the gift of you, Pam. Rest In Peace beautiful girl.”
Pamela, who was born in Massachusetts, studied at the famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York before moving to Los Angeles.
When she was four years old, she won a New England Little Miss Lovely contest, and went on to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine before studying acting at Stella Adler in New York.
She was married to martial arts actor James Lew from 2005 to 2008, and is survived by her mum Phyllis, brothers Glenn, Daniel and Brian, sister-in-law Darlene and her nieces and nephews Adam, Keegan, Erica and Alexis.
The family stated all services will be private and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pamela’s cause of death has not yet been revealed.
May her soul Rest in Peace!