Rest In Peace, ‘Footloose’ Actor Has Passed Away
Lynne Marta, a talented and beloved actor with a career spanning nearly four decades, has recently passed away on January 11 due to cancer, and has left fans and colleagues mourning the loss of a remarkable talent. She was best known for her roles on “Love, American Style” and the iconic 1984 film “Footloose.”
Born on October 30, 1945, in Somerville, NJ, Marta’s journey in the world of television and film began in 1966 with appearances on popular shows like “Gidget” and “The Monkees.” Her versatility and skill ensured a constant stream of film and TV credits until her last role in 2004, showcasing a career that spanned several golden eras of Hollywood.
A familiar face on episodic television from the ’60s to the ’90s, Marta graced the screen in numerous iconic shows such as “Then Came Bronson,” “The Rookies,” “Kojak,” and “ER.” She became a recurring presence in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” captivating audiences in 24 episodes from 1983 to 2003.
Marta’s journey as one of the “Love, American Style Players” marked her as a recognizable face, delighting viewers with her appearances in the short, comedic skits that punctuated the beloved comedy anthology series from 1969 to 1974. Her early roles set the stage for a career that would leave a lasting impact on Hollywood.
One of the high points in Marta’s film career came in 1972 when she starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the Western classic “Joe Kidd.” Her talent and on-screen presence made her a standout, setting the stage for future successes.
However, it was her role as Aunt Lulu Warnicker in the 1984 musical drama “Footloose” that truly endeared Marta to audiences. Despite the role’s modest size, Marta’s portrayal of the gossip-loving aunt added depth and humor to the film, solidifying her status as a versatile and memorable actor.
Beyond her achievements in the entertainment world, Marta found herself entangled in a tragic chapter of Hollywood history. Living on the same floor as Rebecca Schaeffer, Marta witnessed the shocking events surrounding the fatal shooting of the young actor by a stalker. Marta’s courageous testimony during the trial played a crucial role in securing justice for her friend.
As we remember Lynne Marta, we reflect on a career that spanned Hollywood’s evolution, from its golden age to the vibrant ’80s and beyond. Her contributions to television and film, coupled with her strength in the face of adversity, leave a lasting legacy.
How has Marta’s work influenced your appreciation for Hollywood’s diverse and rich history?