Marilyn Burns known for her first lead role in the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has passed away according to TMZ. She was found dead today, Aug. 5, by a family member in her home in Texas. She had been found unresponsive according to her rep. Burns was 65 years old. There is no information on the cause of death yet, but her Talent Manger, Chris Roe said that the family would like their privacy at this time and more details will be released later.
She was born in Erie Pennsylvania in 1950. Burns was known as a horror icon to many horror fans and was beloved.
Marilyn had a small role in the 1975 George Roy Hill's movie, "The Great Waldo Pepper." Though a year before that she was the lead role and her most unforgettable role as Sally Hardesty in Tobe Hooper's 1974 film, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The horror film had paved a way for many horror movies even still to this day. Just recently the movie was given a 40th Anniversary Blu-ray release.
Another role that made her popular was in the mini-series about the Manson Family, "Helter Skelter" in 1976. Burns had played Linda Kasabian. The year after that she was in another Tobe Hooper movie called, "Eaten Alive." She also did cameos for other "Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies," like the 1994 film, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The New Generation" and the more recent movie, the 2013 film, "Texas Chainsaw 3D."
Other movies that Burns was in was the 1985 movie, "Future-Kill" and the 2012 film "BoneBoys" (also known as "Butcher Boys"). Her character in that movie was Ruth. She was also in the movie "In Madman's World," a film that had been directed by Josh Vargas.
While she didn't act in too many movies Burns has had a cult following because of her choice of those roles. She will always be remembered as a cult figure in horror as she deserves to be.