For almost four decades, the iconic comedy “Caddyshack” (1980) has been hailed as one of the funniest movies ever made, a classic that seamlessly blended the talents of Second City, National Lampoon, and “Saturday Night Live” into what can only be described as “lightning in a bottle.”
The film not only showcased the comedic genius of TV stars like Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray but also introduced audiences to two female leads, Cindy Morgan and Sarah Holcomb.
Cindy Morgan, the blonde bombshell who portrayed Lacey Underall, the eye-candy love interest in “Caddyshack,” found herself thrust into the spotlight in an unexpected turn of events.
Morgan, with her radio/broadcasting background, landed the role of Lacey less than a year into modeling, catching the eye of producer Doug Kenney, who thought she was the epitome of beauty among auditioning girls.
However, Morgan’s journey in Hollywood took an unfortunate turn due to the darker side of the industry. The producer, Doug Kenney, known for his hit films like “Animal House,” co-produced “Caddyshack.”
RIP to actress Cindy Morgan, who starred in "Caddyshack" and "Tron" among others films. pic.twitter.com/gmjaYrNjPi— LandOfThe80s (@landofthe80s) January 7, 2024
Morgan’s experience during the filming of the movie sheds light on the challenges faced by actresses, particularly in the context of the pervasive issue of the casting couch.
What happened to Cindy Morgan?
Morgan’s ordeal unfolded during the filming of a pivotal scene, a sex scene between her co-star Michael O’Keefe and herself. Initially signing on to the film with no intention of nudity, Morgan found herself pressured into shooting a topless scene with frontal nudity.
The decision was made on the day of the shooting, reportedly due to a private conversation with producer Doug Kenney.
While Morgan could have harbored resentment, she chose not to, citing that the rest of the crew was understanding of the situation.
In a plot twist not even Hollywood could have scripted, Cindy Morgan, the blonde bombshell of “Caddyshack” fame, found herself caught in a real-life drama during the film’s press tour.
Enter Doug Kenney, the producer with an apparent penchant for pushing boundaries. This time, his audacious move involved suggesting a naked photoshoot for Morgan to drum up extra publicity. However, Morgan wasn’t about to let her story take a turn into indecent exposure.
With a firm and resounding “no,” Morgan not only rebuffed Kenney’s inappropriate proposition but also delivered a knockout punch to complicity.
In an act of defiance that deserves a standing ovation, she promptly fired her agent, who had inexplicably sided with Kenney. It was a power move that echoed louder than the raucous laughter from “Caddyshack.”
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But, alas, the story took a bittersweet turn for Morgan. The aftermath of her principled stand left her in the shadows of unemployment for a year.
Frustration and concerns about potential typography loomed large. The family studio’s support became a silver lining, albeit one that couldn’t fully erase the stains of the industry’s past.
As Hollywood navigates the tricky terrain of gender equality through initiatives like Time’s Up, stories like Cindy Morgan’s become crucial plot points.
The industry’s acknowledgment of these challenges marks progress, yet the reel of change is far from reaching the end credits.
Cindy Morgan’s odyssey stands as a testament to resilience, urging the entertainment industry to script a future that’s not just entertaining but equitable in the grand narrative of Hollywood.