Joyce Ingalls, the actress, model, and wife of Emmy-nominated producer Darrell Fetty, has died at age 65.
Ingalls died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., on Aug. 5, a representative for her husband confirmed to EW on Thursday. The cause of death was not disclosed.
As an actress, Ingalls was best known for portraying a prostitute who gave solace to Sylvester Stallone’s character in the 1978 sports drama Paradise Alley, which marked Stallone’s directorial debut.
Her other film credits included the buddy-cup movie Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), the crime thriller Deadly Force (1983) and the mystery The Man Who Would Not Die (1975). On the small screen, Ingalls guest-starred on Starsky and Hutch in 1979 as a dual love interest.
Born in Charleston, S.C., Ingalls won a national Cover Girl contest in high school and went on to model for the Ford Modeling Agency, gracing the pages of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Mademoiselle.
She married Fetty (Hatfields & McCoys, Texas Rising) in Studio City, Calif., in 1984. Together the two were active in the church and oversaw their congregation’s homeless ministry for nearly 25 years.
In addition to her husband, Ingalls is survived by her mother, two sons, and eight siblings. A memorial is planned for October.
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