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Cynthia Ann Cichorski
September 29, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Life and career
Morgan was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Polish and German parents. Morgan attended 12 years of Catholic school, then studied communications at Northern Illinois University, where she played records on the campus radio station. A commercial station in town wanted her to report the news for them, which she did, adopting the last name Morgan, from a story she had read about Morgan le Fay when she was 12 years old.
After graduation, Morgan worked at a television station in Rockford, Illinois, where she reported on meteorological events. She also kept her hand in radio by working the graveyard shift at a local rock station. She returned to Chicago and deejayed on WSDM, until quitting on air, during a labor dispute at the station, walking out with a record still spinning on the turntable.
"Caddyshack was my first film and I'll say that the end product was so completely different, it was originally about the caddies. So at first, I had nothing to lose to audition. It was fun. All I did was focus on making the person sweat. Look 'em in the eye, do that thing many women know how to ..."
Morgan appeared in the 1982 hit Tron, the first computer-generated film. She played two characters: Lora, a computer programmer in the "real" world, and Yori, her alter-ego in the film's computer-generated flights of imagination.
Morgan has many television and film credits, including portraying two different roles on the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest, Lori Chapman in season one and Gabrielle Short in seasons six and seven. Morgan also played two different characters, in two different episodes, on the television series Matlock. Her other credits include guest and minor appearances on The Larry Sanders Show, Amazing Stories, CHiPs, and Bring 'Em Back Alive.
Morgan also associate-produced five films with Larry Estes.
According to the documentary Caddyshack: The Inside Story, Morgan is currently a resident of Florida and is in her 40th year of working on a book about her experiences during the making of Caddyshack.
Morgan did not participate in the making of Tron: Legacy, the 2010 sequel to the 1982 film, nor does she appear in any of the retrospective materials produced in conjunction with the sequel for use in a DVD/Blu-ray reissue of the film in 2011. She did, reunite with her costar Bruce Boxleitner, in character as Lora, in a mock news conference on April 2, 2010, promoting the release of Tron Legacy.
Morgan, whose father fought in World War II, is passionate about supporting the United States military and helping to alleviate the financial hardship felt by those who have been called to serve in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She was director of the Caddyshack Reunion Golf Tournament in 2006, which reunited some of the cast of Caddyshack (Morgan included), along with other celebrities. Subtitled "Playing for the Home Team" and hosted at Willow Crest Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, the tournament raised funds (and awareness) to benefit the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund, an organization that helps the families of National Guard members and reservists on active duty.
Morgan spent years in television and radio before becoming an actress. She presented the weather report at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. in Rockford, Illinois, and weekends in Milwaukee. She was the morning drive DJ at the Chicago radio station WSDM, later "The Loop". She ran camera and was an FCC-licensed radio-station engineer. In 2006, Morgan provided the voice of Emily S. Preston in the Night Traveler multimedia adventure series produced by Lunar Moth Entertainment. She also voiced Ma3a in Buena Vista Interactive's PC game Tron 2.0 in 2003.
|1979||Up Yours (aka Up Your Ladder)||Elaine|
|1985||The Midnight Hour||Vicky Jensen||Television movie|
|1995||Dead Weekend||Newscaster||Television movie|
|1995||Amanda & the Alien||Holly Hoedown||Television movie|
|1995||Out There||Judith Davis||Television movie|
|2006||Open Mic'rs||Cindy Morgan|
|2009||Summer Waters||Mrs. Leeds||Short film|
|2011||Empty Sky||Donna Pershing||Short film|
|2016||The Seventh Year||Wanda Platt||Pre-production|
|1981||The Love Boat||Tracy Cotts||Episode: "Clothes Make the Girl"|
|1981||Vegas||Margie Jenkins||Episode: "Time Bomb"|
|1981||CHiPs||Melanie Mitchell||Episode: "Mitchell & Woods"|
|1982–1983||Bring 'Em Back Alive||Gloria Marlowe||12 episodes|
|1982||Falcon Crest||Lori||Episode: "For Love or Money"|
|1984||Hawaiian Heat||Sharon||Episode: "Picture Imperfect"|
|1986||The Fall Guy||Zoe LeRoy||Episode: "No Rms Ocean Vu"|
|1986||Tough Cookies||Maggie||Episode: "The Unfantasy"|
|1986||Crazy Like a Fox||N/A||Episode: "The Duke Is Dead"|
|1986||Amazing Stories||Beth||Episode: "Hell Toupee"|
|1987–1988||Falcon Crest||Gabrielle Short||15 episodes|
|1987||Hunter||Carol Benson||Episode: "Hot Prowl"|
|1987||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Laura Wells||Episode: "The Return of the Shaggy Dog"|
|1987||Beverly Hills Buntz||Randy||Episode: "Sid and Randy"|
|1988||Matlock||Jessie Martin||Episode: "The Lemon"|
|1988||The Highwayman||Mink||Episode: "The Billionaire Body Club"|
|1988||She's the Sheriff||Samantha||Episode: "Max's Ten"|
|1989||Matlock||Linda Hansfield||2 episodes|
|1990||Mancuso, FBI||Amanda||Episode: "Adamant Eve"|
|1991||Hunter||Paula Allen||Episode: "Room Service"|
|1992||Harry and the Hendersons||Julia||Episode: "The Green Eyed Bigfoot"|
|1992||The Larry Sanders Show||Karen Jackson||Episode: "The Promise"|
|1994||Under Suspicion||Laura Brian||Episode: "Father/Daughter Murder"|
- New York Times
- Starlog Archived 2012-02-04 at the Wayback Machine
- The New York Times "Caddyshack (1980) 'CADDYSHACK,' 'ANIMAL HOUSE' SPINOFF review at The New York Times
- "DeskofBrian.com interview, 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- New York Times
- Io9.com coverage, accessed May 6, 2012
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