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Marilyn Burns
Birth name: Mary Lynn Ann Burns
Gender: Female
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Actress
Date of birth: July 5th, 1950
Place of birth: Erie, Pennsylvania
Date of death: August 5th, 2014
Place of death: Houston, Texas
Notable works: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
1st Horror: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Marilyn Burns is an American actress born in Erie, Pennsylvania on July 5th, 1950. Her first film role was playing the part of "Final Girl" Sally Hardesty in Tobe Hooper's 1974 independent slasher film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. In 1976, she played the role of Charles Manson follower-turned-state witnees Linda Kasabian in the true-crime film Helter Skelter. The following year, she joined with Hooper again in her portrayal as a Louisiana vacationer in the psycho-thriller Eaten Alive. In 1981, she took the leading actress role in the thriller Kiss Daddy Goodbye playing the part of Nora Dennis. In 1994, Burns returned to the role that made her a horror film icon, Sally Hardesty, albeit in a cameo role. She appeared at the very end of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation as a patient on a gurney. She was credited in the film only as "Anonymous". Burns was absent from the acting scene for many years after, but returned to the silver screen in 2011 for the action/horror film Boneboys, where she reunited with Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-star Edwin Neal. Marilyn Burns was found dead in her home in Houston, Texas on August 5th, 2014. She was 64-years-old.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Marilyn Burns also played the role of Dorothy Grim in the 1985 adventure/comedy Future-Kill.
  • Burns was cast in Lovin' Molly but was replaced by Susan Sarandon. Burns stayed on as a stand-in for Saradon and Blythe Danner. [1]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alison Macor. Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids 30 Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas University of Texas Press: Austin, 2010.


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