Twin Peaks actress Pamela Gidley dies ‘peacefully in her home’ at 52 

From being crowned ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ to turning her back on Hollywood to care for her sick brother: The tragic story of Twin Peaks star Pamela Gidley who has died aged 52

  • Pamela Gidley died at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on April 16 
  • She is thought to have quit Hollywood six years ago to care for her sick brother 
  • The actress made her debut alongside Josh Brolin in 1986 movie Thrashin’  
  • Avengers: Infinity War star posted a statement expressing his shock at her death
  • Turned her back on Tinseltown after a glittering early career that promised much 

Actress Pamela Gidley (left, in the 1990s and right) died at her home aged 52

She was once crowned the Most Beautiful Girl in the World in a modelling contest at the age of only 19-years-old before finding fame as an actress.

But six years ago, Pamela Gidley left her Hollywood life to care for her sick older brother and spend the final years of her life away from the cameras that have followed her since she was a child – before her untimely death on April 16 at the age of just 52.  

No cause of death has yet been revealed.

But the Twin Peaks actress, who was also known for roles in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and MacGyver, ‘died peacefully in her home,’ according to her obituary.

Though little is known about her life after she left Los Angeles, she spent it in the sleepy town of Seabrook, New Hampshire.

She was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on June 11, 1965, the only daughter in a family with three older brothers, but grew up in Salem, New Hampshire.

The actress (left)  was 19 when she won Wilhelmina Modeling Agency’s Most Beautiful Girl in the World competition

At the age of just four, she won New England’s Little Miss Lovely pageant before modelling for Jordan Marsh two years later.

Gidley (pictured in 2001), the star of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, has died at age 52. She’s seen here in 2001

At 15, she graced the first of her many magazine covers for Seventeen Magazine.

She was 19 when she won Wilhelmina Modeling Agency’s Most Beautiful Girl in the World competition.

She then moved to New York to pursue a modelling and acting career before moving to Los Angeles, where she spent most of her adult life.

Her acting debut came alongside Josh Brolin as Chrissy in Thrashin’ in 1986.

The Avengers: Infinity War actor paid tribute to her in a touching Instagram post.

Alongside a throwback snap, he 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.’

After Thrashin’, she went on to star in Cherry 2000 before finding fame with Twin Peaks: A Fire Walk with Me, in which she played prostitute Teresa in a prequel to the TV series.

Big fan: Avengers: Infinity War star Josh Brolin paid homage to the former beauty queen on Instagram on Tuesday

Her last credited role was in Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces in 2014.

She was married to stuntman James Lew from 2005 until 2008 and is believed to have quit Hollywood for good in 2012.  

According to the Mirror, she told a fan in 2014: ‘[I’ve got] twenty five years of experience of doing lots of television, lots of movies and writer, director, producer.’

She is survived by her mother Phyllis, brothers Glenn, Daniel and Brian as well as nieces and nephews Adam, Keegan, Erica and Alexis Gidley. 

She  moved to New York to pursue a modelling and acting career before moving to Los Angeles, where she spent most of her adult life. Pictured, Pamela Gidley as Pepper Gianini in Mafia!

Avengers: Infinity War star Josh Brolin paid homage to the former beauty queen on Instagram on Tuesday.

The No Country For Old Men actor posted a throwback snap of the actress, with the caption: ‘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.’ 

The Massachusetts-born beauty won the New England’s Little Miss Lovely pageant at just four years of age.

The actress is survived by her mother, her brothers, and her nephews and nieces.

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