Beverley Owen

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Beverley Owen
Beverley Owen 1964.JPG
Owen as Marilyn Munster in 1964
Beverley Jane Ogg

(1937-05-13)May 13, 1937
DiedFebruary 21, 2019(2019-02-21) (aged 81)
Other namesBeverley Owen Stone
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Years active1961–2004
Jon Stone
(m. 1966; div. 1974)

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.

Early life[edit]

Beverley Jane Ogg was born on May 13, 1937, in Ottumwa, Iowa. She was the first born child of Wallace E. Ogg and Charlotte M. Vander Ploeg.[1] She grew up in Ames, Iowa, where her father was a professor of agricultural economics at Iowa State University. [2] Her mother died in 1953.


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.[3] In 1972, she played Dr. Paula McCrea for nine months in the soap opera Another World.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Owen left The Munsters after 13 episodes to marry Sesame Street writer and producer Jon Stone[4] in Newfane, Vermont on June 27, 1966.[5] They were married for eight years until 1974. She had two daughters, Polly and Kate.[4] After her divorce in 1974 she continued to pursue her studies in early American history and earned a master's degree in 1989.[6]


The cast of The Munsters. Standing, L–R: Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis. Sitting: Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Beverley Owen

Owen's daughter Polly confirmed that the actress died of ovarian cancer on February 21, 2019, at the age of 81.[7] 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."[8]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Birth Record for Beverly Jane Ogg". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Amundson, Loren H. (2004). Norwegians, Swedes and more : ancestors and descendants of Loren and Mavis Winge Amundson. Pub. pp. 330–331. ISBN 9781589398344. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Nolasco, Stephanie (February 25, 2019). "Beverley Owen, the original Marilyn in 'The Munsters,' dead at 81". Fox News.
  4. ^ a b c "Beverley Owen, the original Marilyn on 'The Munsters', has died at age 81". USA TODAY. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "Beverley Jane Ogg Certificate of Marriage". FamilySearch. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  6. ^ Evans, Greg (February 25, 2019). "Beverley Owen Dies: 'The Munsters' Original Marilyn Was 81". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Beverley Owen, Original Marilyn from 'The Munsters,' Dead at 81". TMZ.
  8. ^ "1st Marilyn of TV's 'The Munsters', Beverley Owen, Dies". Best Classic Bands. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  9. ^ Needham, Lucy (February 25, 2019). "The Munsters actress Beverley Owen dies after battle with ovarian cancer". Retrieved February 26, 2019.

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