Marilyn Burns Movies and Career Information

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Jul 05, 1955

Mary Lynn Ann Burns (born July 5, 1950), better known as Marilyn Burns, is an American actress, best known for her role as Sally Hardesty in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and as Linda Kasabian in Helter Skelter (1976). Burns was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and raised in Houston, Texas. She always had an interest in the arts. During seventh grade, she appeared in a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 1970, she made her first film appearance in the Robert Altman movie Brewster McCloud (1970). Burns attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated from there with a degree in Drama in 1971. Burns was cast in Lovin' Molly (1974) but was replaced by Susan Sarandon. Burns stayed on as a stand-in for Saradon and Blythe Danner. In The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Burns, in her first lead role, played Sally Hardesty, a teenager who travels along with her brother and some friends to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried to investigate reports of grave vandalism. After the success of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, she appeared in Hooper's film Eaten Alive. In 1976, Burns had a role in the television mini-series Helter Skelter' about the real-life trial of

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