Many older people will remember actress Beverley Owen, who starred as Marilyn Munster, Herman’s niece, in the first season of “The Munsters” back in the 1960s. Owen reportedly passed away on 21 February at the age of 81, following a battle with ovarian cancer.

Born Beverley Ogg in 1937 in Iowa, USA, she left the show after one season after marrying Jon Stone in 1966, the producer and director who was involved in creating “Sesame Street.” She was reportedly surrounded by family and friends in her Vermont home when she passed away. Owen had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2017.

Career of Beverley Owen

Owen’s first TV role was in 1956 in “As the World Turns.” She also featured in shows including “The Doctors,” “The Virginian,” “Kraft Mystery Theatre,” “Another World,” “Wagon Train,” and the film “Bullet for a Badman.”

Following this, she won the original role of blonde-haired beauty, Marilyn Munster on the popular TV show “The Munsters,” which featured the comical misadventures of a family of loveable monsters. Owen starred in 13 episodes of the show. Pat Priest took over the role for the balance of the series.

Owen also played the role of Dr. Paula McCrea in the 1972 soap opera “Another World.”

‘The Munsters’ cast

Besides Owen, the show starred Fred Gwynne in the role of Herman Munster with Yvonne De Carlo playing his wife, Lily. Gwynne passed away in 1993, while De Carlo died in 2007. Herman represented Frankenstein’s monster, Al Lewis played Dracula and Butch Patrick played Eddie Munster, or Wolfboy.

As noted by, Patrick, the couple’s son in the show, took to Facebook to confirm Owen’s death, saying the “Beautiful Beverley Owen has left us.” He said she was a sweet soul and that he had the “biggest crush” on Owen. He went on to tell her to rest in peace and thanked her for her memorable episodes as Marilyn Munster.

The day before he made his post on Facebook, he confirmed her death to USA Today.

During their marriage, Owen and Stone had two daughters, Kate and Polly, but got divorced in 1974. Stone passed away aged 65 in 1997. Besides her acting and following her divorce, Owen went back to college and obtained a master’s degree in Early American History in 1989.

Owen is survived by her two daughters. USA Today reports that Owen’s daughter Polly had told TMZ that her mother had died and while she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2017, she chose not to publically disclose her illness.