Marilyn Brown (actress)

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Marilyn Brown
Born Marilyn Louise Brown
(1953-03-09)March 9, 1953
San Jose, California, U.S.
Died July 22, 1997(1997-07-22) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Suicide by jumping
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–1976
Spouse(s) unknown–1997

Marilyn Louise Brown (March 9, 1953 – July 22, 1997) was an American actress who performed on stage and in television dramas and feature films. She was the sister of actor/author/playwright Barry Brown and author James Brown.[1]

Early life[edit]

Marilyn Louise Brown was born on March 9, 1953 in San Jose, California. Her parents were Donald Bernard Brown and Vivian Brown (née Agrillo). She was of mixed English, Irish, Sicilian, and Scottish descent. Her father named her after his favorite actress, Marilyn Monroe.

She started studying tap dancing, modern dance, and acting beginning in pre-teens, and continuing into her late teens at an acting school run by the actor Bo Hopkins; during that time, she appeared in several off-off Broadway plays. She also got married around that time.


Marilyn and her brother Barry both made their film debuts in uncredited bit roles in the 1958 motion picture In Love and War. Brown had small roles in the lowbrow mid-70s drive-in exploitation comedies Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy and The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Outside of her sparse movie credits, Marilyn also acted in a few off-off-Broadway stage productions.

Personal life[edit]

Brown was a painfully shy and troubled woman who had problems with drug abuse and alcoholism throughout most of her life.[citation needed] She committed suicide at age 44 on July 22, 1997 by jumping off a Los Angeles freeway overpass. She was married and had one child at the time of her death.[citation needed]

Her childhood and family life with her brother Barry were discussed in books by her younger brother James—Final Performance, Hot Wire and The Los Angeles Diaries (2003).[2]


  • Chesty Anderson U.S. Navy (1976) - Barracks Girl
  • The Amorous Adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1976) - Maid
  • In Love and War (1958)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  2. ^ Brown, James. The Los Angeles Diaries, HarperCollins, 2003.

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