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Actress Romy Walthall, best known for The House of Usher and Face/Off, passes away at 57 years old

Actress Romy Walthall has passed away after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest at 57 years of age.

The actress passed on May 19, which was confirmed by her son, actor and filmmaker Morgan Krantz, via Variety.

Her children Krantz, Theodore Dudley and Isabella Israel, all left touching tributes to their mother, along with a number of throwback snaps.

Walthall was born September 16, 1963 in Pasadena, Texas, getting her first taste of show business by winning the Mother/Daughter USA Pagaent at 17 in 1980.

R.I.P.: Actress Romy Walthall has passed away after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest at 57 years of age

Tributes: Her children Krantz, Theodore Dudley and Isabella Israel, all left touching tributes to their mother, along with a number of throwback snaps

Tributes: Her children Krantz, Theodore Dudley and Isabella Israel, all left touching tributes to their mother, along with a number of throwback snaps

She signed with Ford Models that same year and started her modeling career in Europe, though she ultimately returned to Los Angeles to start her acting career.

Her first movie was the 1984 comedy Up the Creek with Tim Matheson followed by Thief of Hearts that same year with Steven Bauer from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

She also played Bobbi in the TV movie A Bunny’s Tale, based on Gloria Steinem’s investigation of Playboy bunnies.

Model: She signed with Ford Models that same year and started her modeling career in Europe, though she ultimately returned to Los Angeles to start her acting career

Model: She signed with Ford Models that same year and started her modeling career in Europe, though she ultimately returned to Los Angeles to start her acting career

Movie: Her first movie was the 1984 comedy Up the Creek with Tim Matheson followed by Thief of Hearts that same year with Steven Bauer from producer Jerry Bruckheimer

Movie: Her first movie was the 1984 comedy Up the Creek with Tim Matheson followed by Thief of Hearts that same year with Steven Bauer from producer Jerry Bruckheimer

The actress portrayed Molly McNulty in 1989’s The House of Usher, alongside legends like Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasance.

Walthall continued to work throughout the 1990s, though primarily in TV guest starring roles on shows like Matlock, Dragnet, Jake and the Fatman and In the Heat of the Night.

She also starred in the short-lived TV series Man of the People with James Garner and Kate Mulgrew, with recurring roles in Civil Wars, Murder One and Hotel Malibu. 

Roles: The actress portrayed Molly McNulty in 1989's The House of Usher, alongside legends like Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasance

Roles: The actress portrayed Molly McNulty in 1989’s The House of Usher, alongside legends like Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasance

Work: Walthall continued to work throughout the 1990s, though primarily in TV guest starring roles on shows like Matlock, Dragnet, Jake and the Fatman and In the Heat of the Night

Work: Walthall continued to work throughout the 1990s, though primarily in TV guest starring roles on shows like Matlock, Dragnet, Jake and the Fatman and In the Heat of the Night

Hotel Malibu: She also starred in the short-lived TV series Man of the People with James Garner and Kate Mulgrew, with recurring roles in Civil Wars, Murder One and Hotel Malibu

Hotel Malibu: She also starred in the short-lived TV series Man of the People with James Garner and Kate Mulgrew, with recurring roles in Civil Wars, Murder One and Hotel Malibu

The actress played John Travolta’s eccentric secretary Kimberly in the 1997 cult classic Face/Off.

Her last role was in 2011’s 0s and 1s, with her son Morgan, with guest-starring roles in Life on a Stick, 8 Simple Rules, The Nightmare Room and Nash Bridges in the early 2000s. 

After retiring from acting, she became an acting teacher in the San Fernando Valley.

Acting teacher: After retiring from acting, she became an acting teacher in the San Fernando Valley

Acting teacher: After retiring from acting, she became an acting teacher in the San Fernando Valley

Her son Morgan shared a slew of photos of his mother on his Instagram, adding, ‘Rip Mom. I love you.’

Her daughter Isabella Israel also shared several throwback snaps with a much longer message in tribute to her mother.

‘I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will never be any appropriate combination of earthly words to accurately describe my mother. You just had to be there to get it. She was everything at once. She was my first love. My best friend at times and my sworn adversary at others,’ she began.

Tributes:Her son Morgan shared a slew of photos of his mother on his Instagram, adding, 'Rip Mom. I love you'

Tributes:Her son Morgan shared a slew of photos of his mother on his Instagram, adding, ‘Rip Mom. I love you’

Bella: Her daughter Isabella Israel also shared several throwback snaps with a much longer message in tribute to her mother

Bella: Her daughter Isabella Israel also shared several throwback snaps with a much longer message in tribute to her mother

‘She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and she was wicked and fun and light and dark and she possessed the kind of magic that you truly just don’t see. When we were teenagers my friends and I coined the term #romylife because we all aspired to be more like her in the way she gave absolutely zero f***s about anything but her own happiness,’ she added.

‘I’m terrified of the world without her (how drab!) but so excited for wherever she’s heading next. They’d better gird their loins! All she ever wanted was for me to live my dreams and I think it’s no coincidence that she left earth once she knew I was finally safe and happy,’ she concluded.

Theodore Dudley added, ‘The love and wisdom you gave me will never expire. You will always be an inspiration to me. You taught me to never give up. You taught me to not take no for an answer. You taught me to be true to myself. You always rooted for me, because you knew I can do anything. You instilled in me my warrior spirit. Thank you for bringing me onto earth. Love you. Rest in peace. I’ll see you in the stars.’

The family held a private memorial service in her honor last week in Malibu. 

Tribute: Her daughter Isabella Israel also shared several throwback snaps with a much longer message in tribute to her mother

Tribute: Her daughter Isabella Israel also shared several throwback snaps with a much longer message in tribute to her mother

Beautiful: 'She was the most beautiful woman I¿ve ever seen and she was wicked and fun and light and dark and she possessed the kind of magic that you truly just don¿t see. When we were teenagers my friends and I coined the term #romylife because we all aspired to be more like her in the way she gave absolutely zero f***s about anything but her own happiness,' she added

Beautiful: ‘She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and she was wicked and fun and light and dark and she possessed the kind of magic that you truly just don’t see. When we were teenagers my friends and I coined the term #romylife because we all aspired to be more like her in the way she gave absolutely zero f***s about anything but her own happiness,’ she added


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