She passed away “peacefully” at her home in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on 16 April, an obituary released by her family confirmed on Sunday.
A cause of death has not been made public.
Gidley, a former child model, was named the “Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in 1985.
She transitioned into acting a year later, appearing alongside Josh Brolin and future Twin Peaks co-star Sherilyn Fenn in Thrashin’.
In a tribute post on Instagram, Brolin spoke of his “amazing and innocent memories” of Gidley.
“A spitfire, and a truly funny person”, he added.
Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, Gidley studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, before moving to Los Angeles.
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