Actress Lisa Banes dies after getting struck by hit-and-run scooter driver



Actress Lisa Banes, who appeared in the movie “Gone Girl,” died on Monday due to injuries sustained after getting struck by a hit-and-run scooter driver on the Upper West Side, a source said. She was 65.

Banes, a Los Angeles resident visiting the Big Apple for the first time since the pandemic began, was on her way to meet her wife Kathryn Kranhold for a dinner party when she was mowed down by a red and black scooter on June 4 on West 64th and Amsterdam Avenue, friends and police have said.

Police at the scene where Banes was struck and critically injured by a scooter.
Police at the scene where Banes was struck and critically injured by a scooter.
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She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was unable to recover.

Lisa Banes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Lisa Banes at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
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An NYPD spokesperson said Monday night that no arrests have been made in the case. The scooter was last seen going northbound on Amsterdam Avenue.

Born in Ohio and raised in Colorado, Banes attended Julliard before launching a long and storied career in New York and Hollywood, appearing in dozens of TV shows and movies.

Banes married Kranhold, a former Wall Street journal writer, at an intimate ceremony roughly four years ago at City Hall.

On the small screen, the actress had roles on “One Life to Live,” “China Beach,” “The Royal Pains,” and “Nashville.”

On the big screen, she played Tom Cruise’s older love interest in 1988’s “Cocktail.” In “Gone Girl,” she was the mother of the missing woman, played by Rosamund Pike.

Lisa Banes attends "The Strongest Man" Premiere in 2015.
Lisa Banes attends “The Strongest Man” Premiere in 2015.
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On Broadway, she appeared in “Present Laughter” and “High Society” among other plays. She won a Theatre World Award in 1981 for the off-Broadway play “Look Back in Anger” and an Obie in 1982 for her role in “My Sister in This House.”

“She’s a great character,” friend Cynthia Crossen had told The Post following the crash.

“She’s funny. She’s fun. She’s vibrant. She’s just a person of many talents and interests.”


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