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Lisa Banes (1955–2021), actress in “Gone Girl,” “Cocktail”

by Linnea Crowther

Lisa Banes was an actress known for roles in movies including “Gone Girl” and “Cocktail.”

Acting career

“Cocktail” (1988) was one of Banes’ earliest films; she played Bonnie, who was involved in a love triangle with Tom Cruise’s character. In “Gone Girl” (2014), she was Marybeth Elliott, mother of Rosamund Pike’s main character. In between, Banes appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, as well as on Broadway. She had recurring TV roles on “The King of Queens,” “Six Feet Under,” “Nashville,” and “One Life to Live,” as well as starring in the TV film “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?” Banes also made notable guest appearances on TV shows including “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “NYPD Blue,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Them.”

Banes on taking her role in “Gone Girl”

“Never hesitated. I thought, ‘Oh – I’m right for this.’” —from an interview at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards


Tributes to Lisa Banes

Full obituary: CBS News

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