Beverley Owen, original Marilyn Munster dead at 81

Beverley Owen, original Marilyn Munster dead at 81

Beverley Owen, who played the original Marilyn Munster in the hit 1960s television series The Munsters has died, aged 81.

Owen is understood to have died on February 21 after a battle with ovarian cancer.

She was surrounded by friends and family at her home in Vermont in the US.

It was previously reported she had been diagnosed with the disease in January 2017.

The actor appeared only in the first season of The Munsters, leaving the show after 13 episodes.

She played blonde haired beauty Marilyn.

She said farewell to the sitcom to marry Jon Stone — a producer and director who helped to create Sesame Street.

Owen was replaced by Pat Priest for the rest of the series.

The Munsters focused on the comical misadventures of a family of monsters.

It starred Fred Gwynne as Herman Munster and Yvonne De Carlo as Lily.

Gwynne died in 1993 and De Carlo in 2007.

Co-star Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster, confirmed Owen’s death on Facebook.

“Beautiful Beverley Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your memorable Marilyn Munster episodes,” he wrote.

Owen was married to Jon Stone, they had two daughters together until they divorced in 1974. He died in 1997 aged 65.

Owen also studied American History and obtained a masters degree in the late 80s.

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