Actress Romy Walthall, best known for The House of Usher and Face/Off, dies at age 57

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Actress Romy Walthall has died aged 57 after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

The actress passed away 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 a touching tribute to their mother, along with some throwback snaps.

Born on September 16, 1963 in Pasadena, Texas, Walthall got her first taste of show business by winning the Mother/Daughter USA Pagaent in 1980 at the age of 17.

RIP: Actress Romy Walthall has died of sudden cardiac arrest at age 57

RIP: Actress Romy Walthall has died of sudden cardiac arrest at age 57

Tribute: Her children Krantz, Theodore Dudley and Isabella Israel all left a touching tribute to their mother, along with some throwback snaps

Tribute: Her children Krantz, Theodore Dudley and Isabella Israel all left a touching tribute to their mother, along with some throwback snaps

She signed with Ford Models that same year and began her modeling career in Europe, although she eventually returned to Los Angeles to begin her acting career.

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

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 began her modeling career in Europe, although she eventually returned to Los Angeles to begin her acting career

Model: She signed with Ford Models that same year and began her modeling career in Europe, although she eventually returned to Los Angeles to begin her acting career

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

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

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

Walthall continued to work throughout the 1990s, though primarily in TV guest roles on shows such as 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 on Civil Wars, Murder One, and Hotel Malibu.

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

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

Work: Walthall continued to work throughout the 1990s, although primarily in TV guest 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, although primarily in TV guest 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 on 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 on 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, guest-starring in Life on a Stick, 8 Simple Rules, The Nightmare Room and Nash Bridges in the early 2000s.

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

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

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

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

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

“I’ve resigned myself to the fact that there will never be an 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. Sometimes my best friend and sometimes my sworn opponent,” she began.

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

Tribute: Her son Morgan shared a slew of photos of his mom on his Instagram, adding, “Rip Mom. I love you’

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

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

“She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and she was evil and funny and light and dark and she had the kind of magic that you really 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 absolutely didn’t give a f***s about anything but her own happiness,” she added. up.

“I’m terrified of the world without her (how boring!) but so excited about where she’s going. They’d better gird their loins! All she ever wanted was for me to fulfill my dreams and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she left Earth when she knew I was finally safe and happy,” she concluded.

Theodore Dudley added: “The love and wisdom you have given me will never age. You will always be an inspiration to me. You taught me never to give up. You taught me not to take no for an answer. You taught me to be true to myself. You always supported me, because you knew I can do anything. You taught me my warrior spirit. Thank you for bringing me to Earth. Love you. Rest in peace. I see you in the stars.’

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

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

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

Beautiful: 'She was the most beautiful woman I've ever seen and she was evil and funny and light and dark and she had the kind of magic that you really 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 absolutely didn't give a f***s about anything but her own happiness,

Beautiful: ‘She was the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen and she was evil and funny and light and dark and she had the kind of magic that you really 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 absolutely didn’t give a f***s about anything but her own happiness,” she added. up.

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