Marilyn Burns of ‘Chainsaw’ dies at 65
Marilyn Burns, the scream queen of the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” has died at the age of 65.
Burns played Sally Hardesty in the 1974 horror classic by director Tobe Hooper. She was found dead in her Houston area home by a family member, according to various media reports. No cause of death has been released.
Burns’ death comes as the 40th anniversary remastered version of “Chainsaw” has been released on DVD. The movie had a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It also screened at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in March, with the cast in attendance. Filmed in the Austin and Round Rock areas, the movie went on to be a critical and commercial hit.
Burns’ character in the movie was the only captive to survive the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. She was kidnapped, along with other companions, by cannibals during a trip to a cemetery to investigate vandalism to the graves.