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Occupation  Actress

Name  Marilyn Burns
Role  Actress
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Full Name  Mary Lynn Ann Burns
Born  May 7, 1949 (1949-05-07) Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Alma mater  University of Texas at Austin
Died  August 5, 2014, Houston, Texas, United States
Education  University of Texas at Austin
Movies  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Eaten Alive, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Helter Skelter
Similar People  Tobe Hooper, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen, Paul A Partain, Teri McMinn

Years active  1970–1994, 2011–2014

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Marilyn Burns; (born Mary Lynn Ann Burns; May 7, 1949 – August 5, 2014) was an American actress who became known for her role as Sally Hardesty in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre film series. Her other film roles included Eaten Alive (1977) and Future-Kill (1985). She is also known for portraying Linda Kasabian in the three-time Emmy-nominated television film Helter Skelter (1976).


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Life and career

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Burns was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, (1949) and raised in Houston, Texas. In seventh grade, she appeared in a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1970, she made her first film appearance in the Robert Altman movie Brewster McCloud (1970). Burns attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from there with a degree in Drama in 1971. Burns was cast in Lovin' Molly (1974), but was replaced by Susan Sarandon. Burns stayed on as a stand-in for Sarandon and Blythe Danner.

She also had a small part in George Roy Hill's The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), where she helped cast some of the film's extras.

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In Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Burns, in her first lead role, played Sally Hardesty, a teenager who travels with her brother and some friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried to investigate reports of grave vandalism, and then encounters an insane, murderous family including the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. The film was a massive hit, becoming one of the most successful independent films ever at the time.

In 1976, Burns had a role in the television miniseries Helter Skelter about the real-life trial of Charles Manson and his "family". In the series, she played Linda Kasabian, a member of the Manson Family who was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony against the defendants. The miniseries was nominated for three Emmy awards. Recalling her memories of working on Helter Skelter, Burns said: "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?'"

Burns had a few roles in the 1980s (Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981), Future-Kill (1985) and had an uncredited cameo as her character from the original film, Sally Hardesty, in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994). Burns also made a cameo appearance as Verna Carson in the sequel Texas Chainsaw 3D, which was released on January 4, 2013. However aside from these roles and occasional appearances at Horror conventions Burns lived a relatively quiet life out of the spotlight in the Houston area during her later years.


Burns, 65, died in her sleep on August 5, 2014 and was found in her Houston, Texas home by her brother Bill, the cause was an apparent heart attack, although not specified.


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