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

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Marilyn Burns in a scene from the film 'Future Kill', 1985. (Photo by Vestron Video/Getty Images)
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Gunnar Hansen, who played Leatherface, the psychotic, chainsaw-wielding killer in the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," poses at his home in Northeast Harbor, Maine, April 29, 2004. Hansen has lived in Maine for the last three decades, making his living as a writer and documentary film director. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Leatherface of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' during The 2004 Teen Choice Awards - Backstage and Audience at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Leatherface of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' during The 2004 Teen Choice Awards - Backstage and Audience at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 8: Actor Andrew Bryniarski appears as Leatherface from the motion picture 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' to accept the Choice Movie Thriller award on stage at The 2004 Teen Choice Awards held at Universal Amphitheater on August 8, 2004 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 08: Director Ernest R. Dickerson, actor Daniel Feuerriegel, actor Daniel Yeager, actress Katrina Law and actor Brett Wagner attend Kittcrusaders Charity Signing featuring castmembers from 'Spartacus' and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' held at Dark Delicacies Book Store on December 8, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - DECEMBER 08: Director Ernest R. Dickerson attends Kittcrusaders Charity Signing featuring castmembers from 'Spartacus' and 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' held at Dark Delicacies Book Store on December 8, 2013 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 25: Adam scares the haunted house patrons while dressed up for a Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Adam Azzopardi has been making Torontonians scream for 15 years as a character in one of Screemers' haunted houses, where actors get a bonus for making people wet themselves. The award-winning monster is also set to tie the knot with another scarer on Halloween in a horror-themed wedding. October 25, 2013 (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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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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