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Lucinda Schiff, a former actress and the wife of David Schiff, the founder and a partner in the Hollywood management and production company MGMT. Entertainment, has died. She was 61.
She died Dec. 30 at home in the Pacific Palisades after a 15-year battle with recurring brain tumors, her husband told The Hollywood Reporter.
Working under her stage name Lucinda Dooling, she starred as a high school cheerleader who goes undercover to fight drug dealers and avenge the death of her brother in the 1981 cult film Lovely But Deadly.
In the 1981 ABC docudrama Miracle on Ice, the actress portrayed the wife of Mike Eruzione (played by Andrew Stevens), the captain of the upstart U.S. hockey team that stunned the Soviet Union and captured the gold medal at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
She guest-starred as the visiting sister of Larry (Richard Kline) on a 1983 episode of Three’s Company and appeared on other TV series including Nero Wolfe and Hart to Hart and in the acclaimed 1983 miniseries The Thorn Birds.
She made her onscreen debut in the 1979 Steven Spielberg film 1941.
Born and raised as Lucinda Valles in Puerto Rico, her father abandoned her, her three young sisters and their mother to fend for themselves. Her mother died when she was 15, and she was sent to live in New York.
After her acting career, she proved adept at interior design, and a story about her renovation of her family’s Palisades home, built in the mid-1920s, was featured in the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to her husband of 35 years, survivors include her daughter Kaylie (with a soon-to-be baby girl), sons Mickey and Henry and sisters Marisa, Aileen and Sheila.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for mothers everywhere.
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