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Marilyn Burns: 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' actress dies at 65

By Megan Ross
Hollywood Life

So heartbreaking. Marilyn Burns, a slasher film icon who played the heroine survivor in the cult classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has passed away at her home in Texas, according to reports.

Marilyn was found dead on Aug. 5 at her home in Houston, Texas, according to TMZ.

The world has truly lost one of the most beloved "scream queens" of all time.

"She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, TX area home. Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later," Marilyn's representative confirmed to E! News.

Marilyn got her big break in Hollywood as Sally Hardesty in the 1974 cult classic movie. Her character heroically survives evil Leatherface's killing spree.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre is still one of the most iconic slasher movies ever. In the horror flick, five friends visiting their grandfather's old house are terrorized by a crazy killer with a chainsaw.

After starring in the 1974 flick, Marilyn made two cameos in future re-makes of the movie. Marilyn played a patient in 1994's Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation and then made another cameo in 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.

According to Marilyn's IMDB page, the actress appeared in the horror movie Sacrament that was released in June 2014.

Marilyn was a true horror movie icon. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.

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bmitche August 06 2014 at 1:07 PM

May she rest in peace.

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hangten1955 August 06 2014 at 11:52 AM


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TripleXKimberly August 06 2014 at 10:05 PM

I loved her and this movie! We truely have lost one of the greats. RIP Scream Queen Marilyn.

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anteekazoid August 06 2014 at 3:40 PM

"In the horror flick, five friends visiting their grandfather's old house are terrorized by a crazy killer with a chainsaw."

So...five friends all have the same grandfather? Oh right, it's Texas.


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bbeans122 anteekazoid August 06 2014 at 10:56 PM

lol! Too funny!

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Kurtis Erikson August 06 2014 at 8:03 PM

sick movie for sick people.

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mgt0331 August 06 2014 at 4:06 PM

Trying to do an Obama tie in here but coming up short.

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robmjbprec mgt0331 August 06 2014 at 4:58 PM

Haha, nice !

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Tim & Judy mgt0331 August 07 2014 at 5:43 AM

That's what happens when you're low on brain cells.

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larry August 06 2014 at 3:49 PM

Was this her only claim to fame ??? Her only 15 minutes of fame ???

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darkcloudstonite larry August 06 2014 at 4:02 PM

Was this yours ?

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lidthrower August 06 2014 at 3:02 PM

Was there a chainsaw next to her body? Eh?

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muddymoriverrat August 06 2014 at 7:30 PM

An autopsy revealed she succumbed to a Pratt & Whitney 4 horse-power chainsaw being applied to her head.

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