The body of actress Misty Upham was discovered Thursday afternoon in Auburn, Washington. Upham’s family was involved in the search, and has confirmed her death, the actress’ manager told TheWrap. She was 32.
The Auburn Police Department has not yet officially identified the body, posting on their Facebook page, “Because a purse containing identification of Misty Upham was at the scene the body is presumed to be that of Upham.”
“Her family has confirmed her death,” said Richard Kerner of Kerner Management Associates. “Very, very sad news. Misty was a talented and kind soul who was taken much too soon. She will be greatly missed!”
Upham appeared in a multitude of major Hollywood films, most recently making her mark in “Django Unchained,” “Cake” and “August: Osage County.” She had a prominent role in Arnold Desplechin’s 2013 film “Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian,” which was selected in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Her most acclaimed performance came in 2008’s “Frozen River, for which she received multiple awards nominations and wins, including an American Indian Film Festival Award for Best Supporting actress.
A member of the Blackfoot Tribe, Upham was born in Kalispell, Montana in 1982, and raised in Auburn, Washington.
Her first screen role came with 2002’s Chris Eyre film, “Skins.” She regularly featured in both film and television, including appearances on HBO’s “Big Love,” “Expiration Date,” “The Dry Land,” and PBS’s “Skinwalkers.”
“Cake,” which also stars Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington and Chris Messina, made its premiere during the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Sept. 2014, receiving a standing ovation.