Friday, March 1, 2019

Beverley Owen Dead at 81

Beverley Owen, the actress best known for originating the character Marilyn on the sitcom The Munsters, died of ovarian cancer at her Vermont home on February 21 while surrounded by friends and family. The actress was reportedly diagnosed in January 2017, but did not disclose her illness to the public. She was 81.

Her co-star Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the beloved 1960s comedy, paid tribute to the late actress on Facebook.

"Beautiful Beverly (sic) Owen has left us. What a sweet soul," he wrote. "I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes."

The Iowa native appeared on 13 episodes of The Munsters, which centered on a sweet family of lovable monsters, including versions of Frankenstein's monster, Dracula and the Wolfman — or, in that case, Wolfboy.

Owen left the show to marry writer and producer Jon Stone. (They were married from 1966 to 1974.) She was replaced by actress Pat Priest.

Owen's first television role was as Linda Elliot on daytime soap opera As the World Turns. She went on to appear on The Doctors and Another World (as Paula McCrea).

She is survived by two daughters daughters, Polly and Kate.

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