Tuesday, August 18, 2020

"Days of Heaven" Actress Linda Manz 1961-2020 Memorial Video

Linda Manz (August 20, 1961 – August 14, 2020)[1] was an American actress. Making her film debut in 1978, she was mainly active until 1997. She was noted for her roles in Days of Heaven (1978), Out of the Blue (1980), and Gummo (1997).

Early life

Manz grew up in Upper Manhattan. She was initially indifferent to acting. She later explained in 2011 that it was her mother, a cleaner at the World Trade Center, who "had an idea of me being in movies."[2]


In 1976, at the age of 15, she was cast by Terrence Malick to play the young narrator in his second film Days of Heaven, which was released in 1978. Manz's part was initially smaller, but Malick was so impressed by her that he invited her to provide the narration of the film, which appeared in the final cut.[3] She received excellent reviews.[4]

Manz then appeared in the 1979 film The Wanderers, directed by Philip Kaufman.[5]

She played the lead in Dennis Hopper's influential cult film Out of the Blue.[3][6][7] She appeared in a small role as a robber in "The Snow Queen," an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre.[8]

Manz's remaining roles included a spot in the 1979 television movie Orphan Train as Sarah,[9] one of many orphans relocated from eastern orphanages to farms in the West and Midwest in the late 1800s/early 1900s. She also had handful of roles in the late 1990s, including a small role in David Fincher's movie The Game and a larger part in Harmony Korine's Gummo in 1997, playing the mother of one of the main characters.[9] Her voice was sampled by Primal Scream in their song "Kill All Hippies," which was released in 2000.[10]

Personal life

Manz married camera operator Bobby Guthrie in 1985. Together, they had three children.[3]

Manz died on August 14, 2020, six days before her 59th birthday. According to her son, Michael, she suffered from pneumonia and lung cancer in the time leading up to her death.[1][11]


Sources: Rotten Tomatoes[12] and TV Guide,[13] unless otherwise stated


Days of Heaven (1978) — Linda

King of the Gypsies (1978; uncredited)

The Wanderers (1979) — Peewee

Boardwalk (1979) — Girl Satan

Out of the Blue (1980) — Cebe

"Kill All Hippies" (2000) — a voice sample of her dialogue from the film is used in this track from Primal Scream's XTRMNTR album.[10]

Longshot (1981) — Maxine Gripp[14]

Mir reicht's … ich steig aus! (1983) — Linda[15]

Gummo (1997) — Solomon's Mother

The Game (1997) — Amy

Buddy Boy (1999; uncredited)

Along for the Ride (2016) — Self, documentary


Dorothy (1979) — Frankie (4 episodes; "The Bookworm Turns," "Hard Hearted Hamlet," "Lies and Whisper," "Give My Regrets to Broadway")[16]

Orphan Train (1979) — Sarah

Faerie Tale Theatre (1985) — Robber Girl ("The Snow Queen")[8]

This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s (2009) — Self, documentary


1. "'Days of Heaven,' 'Out of the Blue' Star Linda Manz Dead at 58 | ExtraTV.com." Extra. Retrieved August 15, 2020.

2. Hoffman, Jordan (August 15, 2020). "Linda Manz, Star of Days of Heaven and Out of the Blue, Dies at Age 58." Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

3. Pinkerton, Nick. "Calling Linda Manz." VillageVoice.com. Village Voice. Retrieved June 1, 2011.

4. Ebert, Roger (December 7, 1997). "THE GREAT MOVIES : Days of Heaven." RogerEbert.com. Chicago Sun-Times.

5. Hoover, Eleanor (August 13, 1979). "The Brutal Years Over, Linda Manz Fonzes Her Way from N.Y. to L.A.—and Her Own First Days of Heaven." People.com. People.

6. Bengal, Rebecca. "Now Screening : Catching Up With the Original Punk Rock Girl of Film." Tmagazine.com. T. Retrieved May 5, 2014.

7. Healy, Claire Marie. "Why Chloë Sevigny Is on a Mission to Save the Work of Linda Manz." AnOtherMag.com. Retrieved September 24, 2019.

8. Marill, Alvin H. (2008). More Theatre III: Stage to Screen to Television, Since 2001. Scarecrow Press. p. 462. ISBN 9780810860032.

9. "Linda Manz : Complete Filmography." TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved September 29, 2019.

10. Lavin, Will (August 15, 2020). "'Days Of Heaven' and 'Out Of The Blue' actor Linda Manz has died." New Musical Express. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

11. Moreau, Jordan (August 15, 2020). "Linda Manz, 'Days of Heaven' and 'Out of the Blue' Actor, Dies at 58." Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

12. "Linda Manz." Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

13. "Linda Manz List of Movies and TV Shows." TV Guide. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

14. "Longshot." Flixster. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

15. "Mir reicht's… ich steig aus! (1983)." British Film Institute. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

16. "Linda Manz." TVGuide.com. TV Guide. Retrieved September 29, 2019.

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