Texas Chainsaw Massacre Star Dies at 65
Marilyn Burns' character was first to escape 'Leatherface'
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
Actress Marilyn Burns, who played Sally in the 1974 classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," has died at the age of 65.   (BoogeyMan Ben)

(Newser) – Marilyn Burns, who portrayed horror-film hero Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died at the age of 65. "It is with sad news that I can officially confirm that actress Marilyn Burns passed away earlier today," her rep said in a statement, as per the Hollywood Reporter. "She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning" in her home in Houston.

Burns starred in the 1974 original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a horror classic about a family of cannibals that terrorizes a group of teenagers. She also appeared as "Patient on a Gurney" in 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation—which also featured a young Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey—and, in an ironic turn, as Leatherface’s Grandma Verna in 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D. In a 2004 interview with the Terror Trap, Burns said that when shooting wrapped on the original, she was " just so grateful it was over. I probably was the happiest girl alive."

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baldpirate
Aug 7, 2014 3:14 PM CDT
She was truly a cut above the rest ! ! !
bubbahotepp
Aug 6, 2014 9:19 PM CDT
I'll bet she was glad when the shoot was over. She took a beating. Rip Marilyn. At least you won't run into Leatherface in the afterlife, because that sumbitch never seems to die.
Ezekiel 25:17
Aug 6, 2014 7:36 PM CDT
Poor girl. Never did make it to the OU/texas game. On the other hand, did get some good lessons in butchering methods.