Lisa Banes, a adaptable actress who came to celebrity on the New York stage in the 1980s and went on to a busy occupation that also included roles on television and in the movies “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl,” died on Monday of head injuries she continued 10 days earlier when she was struck by a scooter in Manhattan. She was 65 year old.
At Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, her death was confirmed by the New York Police Department, which said she had been hit by the scooter on June 4 while she was passing Amsterdam Avenue near West 64th Street in Manhattan.
The operator of the scooter had driven through a red light earlier crashing into Ms Banes and then fled, said Sgt. Edward Riley, a police spokesman. Sgt. Riley said on Tuesday that no arrests had been made.
Ms Banes lived in Los Angeles and had been in New York visiting buddy, her spouse, Kathryn Kranhold, said. Known for her wry humour and self-assured, elegant presence, Ms Banes appeared in more than 80 television and movie roles, as well as in uncountable stage productions, including on Broadway.
She originate quick success in the auditorium after coming east from Colorado Springs in the mid-1970s and studying at the Juilliard School in New York.
In 1980, when the Roundabout Theater revived John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger,” with Malcolm McDowell in the lead part as the angry Jimmy Porter, she played his overstretched wife.
“Lisa Banes has a strangely operative final scene,” Walter Kerr wrote in The New York Times, “on her knees in anguish, face discolored with failure, arms gracelessly searching for shape and for rest.”The next year, at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn., this woman was in a production of the James M. Barrie comedy “The Admirable Crichton,” on stage a daughter in an upper-crust British family that grow into shipwrecked on a deserted island.
Off-Broadway roles kept coming. Later in 1981 she and Elizabeth McGovern had the lead roles in Wendy Kesselman’s “My Sister in This House” at 2nd Stage Theater. In 1982, at Manhattan Theater Club, she was the sister Olga in Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” part of a starry cast that involved Dianne Wiest, Mia Dillon, Jeff Daniels, Christine Ebersole & Sam Waterston.
One of her most recent stage presences was in 2018 on the Huntington Theater Company in Boston, where she played one of the two lead roles in the premiere of Eleanor Burgess’s “The Niceties,” a play that pitted her seemingly open-minded lesbian professor compared to a young Black college student, played by Jordan Boatman.Don Aucoin, revising the production in The Boston Globe, praised their performances, saying that “both find the nuances in their types, conveying the infrequent cracks within their superficial certitude.”
As Ms. Banes established herself in the theater, Hollywood also came to business. Her first movie role was in 1984 in “The Hotel New Hampshire,” Tony Richardson’s adaptation of the John Irving novel, and she started turning up frequently on television, including in systematic roles on “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill” in the early 1990s and, more recently, “Royal Pains,” “Nashville” and the outer space comedy “The Orville.”
“Her stage existence, magnetism, ability and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and politeness,” Seth MacFarlane, the creator and star of “The Orville,” said on Twitter.
On the movie screen, she played Tom Cruise’s arrogant older girlfriend in “Cocktail” in 1988 and the acerbic mother of a lost woman in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (2014), with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Lisa Lou Banes was born on July 9, 1955, in Cleveland. Lisa Lou father, Ken, worked in advertising, and her mother, Mary Lou (Shalenhamer) Banes, was a model.Lisa grew up in Colorado Springs, where she focused on acting early. Her first paying job, she told The Gazette of Colorado Springs in 2014, was as a cast fellow at a dinner theater in nearby Manitou Springs.
“They served liquor,” she said. “I’m pretty sure I lied about my age because I was only 15 and you had to be 16.”