Night of the Living Dead actress Marilyn Eastman dies at 87

Marilyn Eastman, an actress known for her appearance in Night of the Living Dead, the legendary film by George A. Romero released in 1968 of which she was also a producer, she has died at the age of 87.

Her son, John Eastman, broke the news on Facebook. The interpreter died on Sunday, August 22, while she was sleeping in Tampa, Florida. “Marilyn Marie Johnson was born in Davenport, Iowa, on December 17, 1933. My mother moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1960s and eventually joined Karl Hardman at Hardman Associates. Later in life, Marilyn and Karl became in business and life partners until Karl’s death in 2007, “he wrote.

“In addition to her iconic role as Helen Cooper in the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead, Marilyn was a theater, television and radio actress, as well as a writer and producer. More importantly, she was a working single mother who He raised my brother and me on his own. I’m not exaggerating how much he enjoyed the affection and attention shown by the countless fans of Night of the Living Dead and, until several weeks ago, he was planning some appearances, “he added.

Eastman was Vice President and Creative Director of Hardman Associates, the studio that teamed up with George A. Romero, John A. Russo and producer Russell Streiner to form Image Ten Productions. They raised $ 6,000 to start production on Night of the Living Dead, which quickly became popular at midnight screenings in the United States in 1968.

In addition to starring in the horror film, she also starred in The Guest and Santa Claws. She had previously participated as an actress in an episode of Perry Mason.

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