Actress Lynne Marta from ‘Joe Kidd’ and ‘Footloose’ dies at 78 after battle with cancer

LOS ANGELES – Lynne Marta, a talented actress known for her roles in films like “Joe Kidd” and “Footloose,” as well as her appearances on the TV series “Love, American Style,” has passed away at the age of 78. Her friend, Chris Saint-Hilaire, confirmed that Marta died on Thursday at her Los Angeles home after a battle with cancer.

Marta, born in Somerville, New Jersey, began her acting career with a role in a 1966 episode of the comedy series “Gidget.” She went on to star in 18 episodes of the anthology comedy series “Love, American Style.” Throughout her career, Marta made numerous guest appearances on popular shows including “The Mod Squad,” “The Rookies,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and many more.

In addition to her television work, Marta also had a successful film career. She starred alongside Robert Duvall and Clint Eastwood in the 1972 film “Joe Kidd” and appeared alongside Kevin Bacon in the 1984 hit “Footloose.” Some of her other film credits include “Red Sky at Morning,” “Help Me … I’m Possessed,” “Blood Beach,” and “Three Men and a Little Lady.”

Marta’s last acting credit was in 2004 on an episode of “American Dreams.”

Throughout her life, Marta was closely connected with the entertainment industry. She was married to Brick Huston from 1968 to 1975 and had a reported open relationship with actor David Soul, whom she lived with during his time on the television series “Starsky & Hutch.” Marta also experienced a tragic event in 1989 when she heard her neighbor, actress Rebecca Schaeffer, being murdered by an obsessed fan.

Survivors include Marta’s sister, MJ, and her beloved cat, Mr. Peaches.

The entertainment industry mourns the loss of Lynne Marta, a talented actress who made a significant impact on both the big and small screens. Her contributions to film and television will be remembered and cherished by fans and colleagues alike.