Marilyn Burns, who appeared in three Texas Chainsaw movies, including the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was found dead Tuesday morning (August 5) in her Houston home. She was 64. Her talent manager, Chris Roe released a statement that read: “It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today. She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, TX area home. Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later.” The official cause of death has still not been determined.
Audiences will recognize Marilyn from her famous first leading role in the 1974 cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Her character Sally Hardesty, was the only survivor from the villain Leatherface’s bloodbath. Marilyn earned her “Scream Queen” title by appearing in other horror flicks such as the 1994 film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and the 2013 movie Texas Chainsaw 3D.
Born July 5, 1950, Marilyn started acting at a young age in school productions. While attending the University of Texas, she appeared in her first film, director Robert Altman’s Brewster McCloud. She also appeared opposite horror icon Robert Englund in the 1977 movie Eaten Alive.
The year before, Marilyn summed up her lifelong dedication to her craft when she took a risk and dove into the 1976 gritty television movie Helter Skelter about Charles Manson, saying, “It was a great experience. But nobody really wanted to touch it [due to the subject matter]. It was like, ‘Who wants to be in that picture? Who’s actually gonna do that picture?'”
The Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston has announced they will be performing an autopsy. ~Andrea Hodgins