Beverley Owen (née Ogg; May 13, 1937 – February 21, 2019) was an American television actress, best known for having played the original role of Marilyn Munster on the sitcom The Munsters, before the role was taken over by Pat Priest.
In 1956, Owen appeared in her first TV role in As the World Turns. Owen appeared on the shows The Doctors, Kraft Mystery Theatre, The Virginian, Wagon Train, and Another World, and in the feature film Bullet for a Badman, starring Audie Murphy, after which she got the role of Marilyn Munster on The Munsters. In 1972, she played Dr. Paula McCrea for nine months in the soap opera Another World.
Owen left The Munsters after 13 episodes and returned to New York, where she married Sesame Street writer and producer Jon Stone in 1966. They were married for eight years until 1974. She had two daughters, Polly and Kate. After her divorce in 1974 she continued to pursue her studies in early American history and earned a master's degree in 1989.
Beverley's daughter Polly confirmed that the actress died of ovarian cancer on February 21, 2019, at the age of 81. Butch Patrick, her co-star on The Munsters, released a Facebook statement on February 24, 2019, saying “Beautiful Beverly Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her. RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes.”
As the World Turns
Bullet for a Badman
The Munsters – originated the role of Marilyn Munster
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