Lisa Lynn Masters
|Lisa Lynn Masters|
|Born||(1964-03-20)March 20, 1964
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||November 15, 2016(2016-11-15) (aged 52)
|Known for||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt|
|Spouse(s)||William Brooks (2004–2016; her death)|
Early life and education
Masters was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University in Broadcasting with a minor in Modern Dance. She later attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
After college, Masters worked as a model and news reporter and landed an uncredited role as a news reporter in the feature film The Siege. She appeared in TV commercials and later, the feature films The Stepford Wives, Blumenthal (2013), It’s Complicated (2009).
Masters continued modeling and acted in several television series, including an episode each in Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ugly Betty, Iron Fist, Gossip Girl, Nashville, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
At nearly midnight on November 15, 2016, Masters was found dead in a hotel room in Lima, Peru by hotel workers. Suicide is suspected, as she was found hanging, and police say there were antidepressants nearby along with her cell phone that had instructions on how to contact her family in the United States. Masters left two letters, some of which discussed her history of mental illness.