“Gone Girl” actress Lisa Banes, who died this week after being injured in a hit-and-run scooter accident on a trip to New York City, was remembered Tuesday on both coasts as an “indomitable” spirit with “unwavering kindness.”
Banes, 65 — a Los Angeles resident who appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and theater productions, including roles on “Nashville” and “Madam Secretary” — succumbed to a traumatic brain injury on Monday.
“Her stage presence, magnetism, skill and talent were matched only by her unwavering kindness and graciousness toward all of us. A tremendous loss…,” actor Seth McFarlane, who worked alongside Barnes on his television series “The Orville,” wrote on Twitter.
Singer Jill Sobule said she was “just busted” over the news of the thespian’s death.
“Lisa Banes was magnificent, hilarious, and big-hearted – always helped me though [sic] the hard times. She was so beloved by so many,” she tweeted.
Julie White, a former castmate and friend of nearly 30 years, said she had clung to hope that Banes would pull through from her coma after she was mowed down on the Upper West Side while crossing Amsterdam Avenue at West 64th on June 4.
“I just didn’t imagine that she wouldn’t get out of this. She was such an indomitable person,” White told The Post on Tuesday.
She said the actress was “unconditionally loving” and “so singular,” with a voice easily recognizable to friends for sounding reminiscent of someone in a 1940s flick.
“Getting through this time, the voice in my head is her,” White said. “She would say ‘darling.’ She had this way of talking that was just kind of fabulous.”
Though Banes lived in Los Angeles, the stage and screen actress had strong ties to both coasts.
“She was very, very friendly and very loyal to her friends. If you made a friend with her, you made a friend for life,” friend Cynthia Crossen told The Post.
Crossen said Banes was as “close to a perfect person as I’ve ever known.”
“She was warm and generous and kind and beautiful and funny and the life of the party but also sympathetic and empathetic,” she said.
Loved ones are planning a memorial for the fall, potentially at her alma mater, Juilliard.
Police have not announced any arrests in the hit-and-run.
“I think the friends and family are confident the police are handling with deliberation and care and really want to get this person,” Crossen said.
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