Lisa Spoonauer, an actress known for playing Caitlin Bree in the cult favorite movie Clerks, died over the weekend in her home in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Her cause of death is currently unknown, but the actress was only 44 at her time of death.
Kevin Smith first revealed the news via Instagram, sharing the thoughtful and amusing story of how Lisa Spoonauer initially signed on to Clerks in the first place.
“In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life. I’d held a night of open auditions at the #firstavenueplayhouse, but the perfect Caitlin Bree never walked through the door. So I popped into an acting class at Brookdale Community College and watched the students from the back. Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Captivated, I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot after the class and said ‘This is gonna sound creepy but… Do you wanna be in a movie?’ Fearlessly, she replied ‘Not if it’s porn.’ I told her a bit about Clerks and gave her a copy of the script and my phone number. She called me a few days later and said, ‘Well it’s not porn, but everybody talks like it is. It’s funny. I’ll do it.”