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Marietta Marich (April 5, 1930 – September 28, 2017) was an American actress, singer, writer, stage director, and television host, best known for her role in the 2003 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Marietta Marich
Born(1930-04-05)April 5, 1930
DiedSeptember 28, 2017(2017-09-28) (aged 87)
Spouse(s)Bob Marich



Raised in a theatrical family, Marich's career spanned more than 50 years. She sang for Tommy Dorsey and appeared in 1950s Hollywood television shows. She hosted her own television show in Houston, Texas, called Midnight With Marietta, and operated several live theaters in Houston of which she was principal director. She originated the role of "Miss Mona" in the first Houston version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, in addition to many other main-stage theatrical roles in Texas.[citation needed] She sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.[1]

In her later years, she became known for her roles in horror films, including the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, starring Jessica Biel. Marich reprised her role as Luda Mae Hewitt in the 2006 prequel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.[2] In 2013, she replaced fellow veteran actress Tippi Hedren in House of Good and Evil.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Marich was married to former radio host Bob Marich who predeceased her in 2012. They had a son, actor Michael Marich (1969–1996), and a daughter, Allison,[4] who portrayed a younger version of Marietta's character in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.[citation needed]


Marich died on September 28, 2017, in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, following complications from an aortic dissection.[1] Her memorial service took place at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, where she was a member.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Marietta Marich : Obituary". Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (2007-01-20). "Houston's Marietta Marich a horror star, but won't watch it". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Bo Keister Talks The House of Good and Evil". 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2015-01-15.
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (1998-11-30). "Pleas for Privacy, Left Unheeded". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-01-16.

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