Gidley was best known for her role as murder victim Teresa Banks in the 1992 film Fire Walk With Me which was a prequel to the acclaimed TV show, reports Page Six.
The 52-year-old died at her house in New Hampshire, US, on April 16, according to family members.
Her death was announced Sunday in an obituary. The cause was not immediately clear.
A former child model, Gidley made her jump to the big screen in 1986 — appearing alongside actor Josh Brolin and future Twin Peaks co-star Sherilyn Fenn in the skateboarding movie Thrashin.
She had been named the Most Beautiful Girl in the World the year before by the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency.
“Amazing and innocent memories of her,” Brolin wrote on Instagram. “A spitfire, and a truly funny person she was.”
Gidley, a Massachusetts native, studied at the famed Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York before later moving to Los Angeles, where she spent most of her life.
Throughout her career, she landed roles in both television and movies — including appearances in the cult sci-fi hit Cherry 2000 and the CBS drama series, Angel Street.
But her most famous portrayal came in 1992, courtesy of Twin Peaks director David Lynch.
“He offered me that role, and…there was a conflict of interest,” Gidley said during a 2016 interview, recalling how she was filming another movie at the time.
“David wanted me so much for the character that he guaranteed the other film that he would pay all flights and all insurance (should anything happen to her while traveling).”
Gidley added, “I was literally going from the Bahamas to Seattle, from Seattle to the Bahamas, almost every other 10 days…
“That to me was like, ‘Wow, you want me that bad?’ Holy Christ. I can’t imagine anyone wanted me that bad.”
Gidley did not appear in the Twin Peaks TV series which ran for two seasons in 1990 and 1991 or Twin Peaks: The Return which aired in 2017.
A version of this story originally appeared on Page Six.
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