Marilyn Burns, star of American classic THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE has passed away. 

Ms. Burns has always been the most frightening aspect of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film. Beyond the grotesque nature of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSCARE’s story and goings on is an unreal, unhinged performance from the actress, who gives viewers a direct line to the effects of encountering such abject terror. Sally Hardesty remains one of the most visceral turns in cinematic history and is integral to the film’s enduring legacy.

Burns, who was aged 65 upon passing, did not boast a prolific filmography. She acted for Hooper again in EATEN ALIVE and later appeared in two more entries of the TEXAS CHAINSAW series (“The Next Generation” and “3D”). In 1976, she appeared in a film more accurately based on notorious American murders, HELTER SKELTER. The Emmy-nominated TV film, based on the book of the same name, focused on Charles Manson’s horrific spree and saw Burns play key Manson family member Linda Kasabian.

According to family members and now with confirmation to major media outlets, Burns was found dead in her Houston home. The star’s impact on American film is massive and should be celebrated accordingly. Burns was a compelling actress, entirely deserving of the title, “Scream Queen” in its purest form.

Rest in Peace, Marilyn Burns.

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