At the time of Banes’ death, her manager David Williams issued a statement to NBC News, saying that Banes’ family and friends were “heartsick over Lisa’s tragic and senseless passing.”
“She was a woman of great spirit, kindness and generosity and dedicated to her work, whether on stage or in front of a camera and even more so to her wife, family and friends,” Williams said. “We were blessed to have had her in our lives.”
The prolific actress, who studied acting at Juilliard, had appeared in Broadway productions such as High Society, Rumors, Accent on Youth and Present Laughter. On television, she had recurring roles on shows like Six Feet Under, Royal Pains and Nashville, as well as starred in films such as Freedom Writers and A Cure For Wellness. Banes is survived by her wife Kathryn Kranhold.