Beverley Owen, original Marilyn on 'The Munsters,' dead at 81

Beverley Owen, right, played Marilyn Munster during the first season of "The Munsters" in 1964. Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Beverley Owen, who played the Marilyn Munster during the first season of the 1960s television comedy “The Munsters,” died Feb. 21, according to multiple sources. She was 81.

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Butch Patrick, who played child vampire Eddie Munster on the series, announced Owen's death Sunday on Facebook.

“Beautiful Beverly (sic) Owen has left us. What a sweet soul. I had the biggest crush on her,” Patrick wrote. “RIP Bev and thanks for your 13 memorable Marilyn Munster episodes.”

Owen's daughter, Polly Stone, confirmed the actress' death to TMZ and said she died at her home in Vermont from ovarian cancer.

Owen played Marilyn Munster for the first 13 episodes of the series in 1964 but left to marry writer-producer Jon Stone, People reported. She was replaced by Pat Priest, who played the role in the series' final 57 episodes, according to IMDb.

Owen was born Beverley Ogg in Ottumwa, Iowa, on May 13, 1937, according to IMDb. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to New York to pursue an acting career, according to the website.

She is survived by her two daughters, Polly and Kate.

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