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 6 comments Comments 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."