Model turned actress Pamela Gidley played a variety of supporting parts and the occasional lead in a range of films and television shows, though she is best known for recurring roles on crime dramas such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." After winning a "Most Beautiful Girl in the World" modeling contest, Gidley soon found her first feature film part in the skateboard drama "Thrashin'" (1986), playing opposite a young Josh Brolin. After other film and TV spots, including the android wife of the title in the science fiction romp "Cherry 2000" (1987), she landed a brief recurring role on the Vietnam drama "Tour of Duty" (CBS 1987-1990) Parts in smaller films followed, with a notable bit as the mysterious but pivotal Teresa Banks in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" (1992) before a regular role on the coincidence-fueled drama "Strange Luck" (Fox 1995-96). A recurring run as an assassin on the role-playing series "The Pretender" (NBC 1996-2000) spanned occasional episodes over several seasons. Another repeat role brought Gidley back to crime drama: the potential love interest of William Petersen's character, Gil Grissom, in the early years of the very successful "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS 2000-2015). A subsequent part as the wife of a pornographer in "Skin" (Fox 2003), a Romeo & Juliet tale set in modern-day Los Angeles, barely made it to the screen before the show was cancelled. Following one last TV role on procedural drama "The Closer" (TNT 2005-2012), Gidley quietly retired to her native New England. She died at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire on April 16, 2018 at the age of 52.
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Landed her first feature role in "Thrashin'," co-starring Josh Brolin
Played an android wife in sci-fi romp "Cherry 2000"
Landed a brief recurring role on Vietnam drama "Tour of Duty"
Had her most memorable role, playing the enigmatic Teresa Banks in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
Was a regular on the Fox drama "Strange Luck"
Played the recurring role of an assassin on "The Pretender"
Played the potential love interest of Gilm Grissom in the early years of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Had her final TV role on procedural drama "The Closer"
Was featured heavily in the feature-length deleted-scenes assembly "Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces"