Texas Chain Saw Actress Marilyn Burns Dies
08/06/2014 AT 09:00 AM EDT
"She was found unresponsive by a family member this morning in her Houston, Texas, area home. Her family asks for privacy at this time. Further details will be released later," her rep tells E! News.
Burns, who was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Texas, began her acting career with a role in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud while earning a drama degree at the University of Texas at Austin.
After several small film roles, Burns made her big break in the watershed 1974 horror movie, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, as teenager Sally Hardesty.
In 1994, Burns – who also appeared in Eaten Alive and in the TV miniseries Helter Skelter, based on the Charles Manson cult murders – made a cameo appearance in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, followed by 2013's Texas Chainsaw 3D.