Actress Cindy Morgan starred in the films “Caddyshack” (Lacey Underall) and “TRON” (Yori) and on the television shows “Falcon Crest,” “Matlock,” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” A Chicago native, Morgan has an interesting background in the entertainment industry that began at Illinois radio and television stations before she moved to Los Angeles in 1978.
I had the opportunity recently to interview the talented performer about her life, career in show business, and upcoming projects.
Cindy, can you tell me the current projects you are working on these days?
I’m finishing my book, “From Catholic School to Caddyshack,” and making a few appearances related to “Caddyshack” and “TRON.” It’s the greatest experience to go into a city where I’ve never been before and have people welcome me as family. It’s such a great honor that 30 years later these characters are very much alive in people’s hearts and in pop culture. You can’t change a channel without “Caddyshack” or “TRON” being on some place.
Can you tell me where you are living and a little about your life?
I’m living in Florida. In between appearances and finishing the book I’m lucky enough to have time to run on the beach.
I would very much like to hear about your beginnings in show business, what brought you to L.A., and how you landed the role in “Caddyshack.”
I was doing morning drive in Chicago pulling great ratings, but only making $135 a week. Despite my on-camera experience in Rockford and Milwaukee I couldn’t convince anybody in Chicago to put me on camera to do commercials. So I said, “the heck with you guys, I’m going to L.A.” They said, “you’ll never get a job.”
I was so cocky back then, I said, “I’ll have a billboard on Sunset in a year.” And I had one in eight months! I just got really lucky.
I landed the role in “Caddyshack” auditioning, like everybody else. It wasn’t a role I thought I’d get, so I had nothing to lose.
I have read that there are talks of a new “TRON” movie. Have you been contacted by any of the producers or casting people about appearing in the film? If so, is this something you are considering?
When you hear about the new “TRON” movie, Robert, please let me know. I haven’t heard from anybody, but I’m always hearing buzz. One never knows; it is science fiction, after all.
It is exciting for me that you are a fellow Chicagoan. Is your family still here and, if so, do you visit here often? What are some of your special places to visit here?
Yes, I’m from Chicago, but I don’t get back often enough. I like Lincoln Park, Michigan Avenue, and a Cubs game anytime.
Are there any behind the scenes stories in regards to “Caddyshack” or “TRON” you have not shared with the press before that you would like to share with me? What actors from these films were your favorites to work with? Who do you still keep in touch with these days?
It’s always great to see one of the actors I’ve worked with from “Caddyshack” and “TRON.” I run into them occasionally at events. It’s like I just saw them yesterday. The stories I haven’t shared yet will be in “From Catholic School to “Caddyshack,” and I’m looking forward to finishing it. I’ll be sure to post on my website as soon as I have more information.
What do you like best and least about L.A. and Hollywood; the area, the scene, and the people?
I haven’t lived in L.A. in awhile, but it’s the center of the entertainment business. The weather is great!
Besides “Caddyshack” and “TRON,” of course, what are some of your favorite movies?
I like comedies and sci-fi. Right now I’m watching movies like “A Few Good Men,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Pelican Brief,” and “Patton.” I’m watching a lot of films about strategy, figuring things out, and wartime. My favorite book is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. I’m fascinated with films that deal with strategy because there’s a right way and a wrong way to get the job done. In each case you have to make your choice.
Who are your biggest influences? Who are the most important people in your life?
I had a few months of instruction from Harvey Lembeck, who was a great comedy improvisation teacher. He would yell at me and say, “Morgan, stop right there! Quit going for the joke!” I was a disc jockey, I always went for the joke. But he said, “You’re the straight. You score when the joke happens around you.”
I didn’t grow up wanting to be an actor, I just fell into it. I love spending time with my friends and family. The simplest things in life give me the most pleasure: cooking a good meal, enjoying my friends.
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