Marilyn Burns death: Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress dies aged 65
The actress played one of the only characters to survive in the 1974 slasher horror film
Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns has died, aged 65.
She was found by her family yesterday Tuesday 5 August in her Houston home. Her cause of death is not yet known.
“She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, TX area home,” her representative said in a statement to E! News. “Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later.”
Born in Pennsylvania, and raised in Texas, Burns is best known for playing Sally Hardesty in Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – one of the only characters who managed to survive the violent attacks of main antagonist Leatherface.
“Afterwards, I was just so grateful it was over,” she revealed in a 2004 interview. “I probably was the happiest girl alive.
"I ran through dark woods chased by someone holding a live chainsaw!“ she continued. "Where was my head?
“Sure it was tough, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I wouldn't have traded the experience for love or money.”
She also appeared in Hooper’s next horror film Eaten Alive. Burns also featured in television miniseries Helter Skelter, which documented the trial of Charles Manson, which was nominated for three Emmy awards.
She later played roles in more recent incarnations of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre including a 3D version and 1994's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which starred Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey.
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Isis in Afghanistan: Group claims responsibility for Jalalabad suicide bombing that killed 35
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen at th...
£36000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...