The singer and actress Julee Cruise, known for being the interpreter of the central theme of the series Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 65, as confirmed by her husband, the editor, and writer Edward Grinnan, in a message on Facebook.
” She left this kingdom on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace,” Grinnan wrote about her wife, who revealed in 2018 that she suffered from lupus.
Cruise’s figure will always be linked to that of David Lynch, with whom she collaborated on several occasions; the most remembered was the interpretation of “Falling”, with lyrics by the filmmaker and music by Angelo Badalamenti, which was a success throughout Europe in the wake of the triumph of ‘Twin Peaks’, one of the series that contributed decisively to the renewal of television language.
‘Blue Velvet’, the first collaboration with David Lynch
Born in Iowa (United States) in 1956, Julee Cruise first collaborated with David Lynch in 1986, when she performed the song “Mysteries of love” for the movie Blue Velvet. The song, also composed by Baladamenti, was an example of Cruise’s ethereal and suggestive voice, a style that fits perfectly with the American director’s dreamlike cinema.
Director, composer, and performer repeated in Twin Peaks, where the singer appears performing “Falling” in a bar in the mysterious town where the events take place. She also appeared in the second season of the series and in 2017’s Twin Peaks: The Returns, although Julee Cruise was upset by her lack of screen time, so she ended up breaking her friendship with David Lynch.
She also collaborated with filmmaker Win Wenders on the film Till the End of the World (1991), in which she performed Elvis Presley’s version of “Summer Kisses, Winter Tears.”
Throughout her career, she released four solo albums and collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin or the group B-52, with whom she toured during the 1990s, temporarily relieving vocalist Cindy Wilson.