'Footloose' Actress Lynne Marta dead at 78

 January 18, 2024

Lynne Marta, a seasoned film actress with a career spanning three decades from the 1970s to the 2000s, has passed away at the age of 78.

The New Jersey-born performer was widely recognized for her role as Lulu Warnicker, the aunt of Kevin Bacon’s character Ren, in the iconic 1984 film "Footloose."

Her career

Beyond her notable film contribution, Marta was a familiar presence on television, gracing popular shows such as "Charlie’s Angels," "Starsky & Hutch," and "Columbo."

Born on October 30, 1945, in Somerville, New Jersey, she embarked on her showbiz journey at an early age. Marta initially appeared on the teen dance program "The Lloyd Thaxton Show" before making her mark in productions like "Gidget" and the beloved series "The Monkees."

Reports from PEOPLE suggest that Marta had an "open relationship" with actor David Soul from "Starsky & Hutch" during his marriage to Karen Carlson.

Her passing

The passing of David Soul earlier this month on January 5, due to various health issues including cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, added a layer of poignancy to Marta's story.

Her death was confirmed by her friend Chris Saint-Hilaire via The Hollywood Reporter.

Marta breathed her last at her residence in Los Angeles on Thursday, marking the end of a remarkable career in the entertainment industry.

Her legacy

Lynne Marta's legacy encompasses a body of work that resonated with audiences across both film and television. Her portrayal of Lulu Warnicker in "Footloose" became a memorable part of cinematic history. On the small screen, her appearances in iconic series solidified her status as a versatile and accomplished actress.

The news of Marta's passing reverberates through the entertainment industry, prompting reflections on her contributions and the indelible mark she left.

Colleagues and fans alike remember her for the talent, dedication, and artistry she brought to her roles. In an industry known for its ever-changing landscape, Lynne Marta's impact endures, and her work continues to be celebrated by those who appreciated her craft.

As the entertainment community mourns the loss of a gifted actress, Lynne Marta's legacy lives on in the memories of those touched by her performances.

Her presence in both film and television remains a testament to the enduring power of storytelling and the lasting impact of a dedicated artist.

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