R.I.P. Lynne Marta, ''Love, American Style'' regular and ''Footloose'' actor

In the Seventies, she starred in a pilot TV movie from Gene Roddenberry meant to be the next Star Trek.

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Lynne Marta, who appeared on TV for decades, has passed away.

One of her most famous roles was also one of her earliest. In 1969, Marta landed a regular spot on the ABC anthology comedy series Love, American Style. These days, the show is known for the segments that got spun-off into their own shows, "Love and the Old-Fashioned Father", which became the Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom Wait Till Your Father Gets Home, and "Love and the Television Set", which became Happy Days.

Billed as "Love American Style Player", Marta appeared in eighteen episodes of the first season, including "Love and the Former Marriage", which starred a young Harrison Ford in one of his earliest roles.

Marta guest-starred on multiple Aaron Spelling-produced series as The Mod Squad, The Rookies, Starsky & Hutch, and Charlie’s Angels, as well as Quinn Martin productions like The F.B.I., Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, and Barnaby Jones.

In 1973, she starred in the made-for-TV movie Genesis II, created and produced by Gene Roddenberry. The movie was intended to serve as a pilot for a new sci-fi TV series, but it wasn't picked up by the network.

In 1984, Marta appeared in her other well-known role in the 1984 smash hit Footloose. Marta played Lulu Warnicker, the aunt of Kevin Bacon's character Ren McCormack. Ren and his mother come to stay with Lulu and her husband in the beginning of the film, kicking off the plot.

Marta was 78 years old.

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ColleneGandy 1 month ago
Here's a bit of trivia for you. Love American Style is actually the begining for Happy Days. L.A.S. had a skit called Love and the Happy Days.
brigarzmetv123 1 month ago
How ironic, both David Soul, and Lynne Marta, soulmates die in the same month. Rest in peace 🙏 soul mates.
brigarzmetv123 1 month ago
Loved Lynne Marta, had a crush on her, when she came out in Barnaby Jones, and Cannon. Rest in peace BEAUTIFUL always love you 💋
Rick 1 month ago
Wow, put a wig on Amy Poehler and that's her. Uncanny resemblance.
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MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
I’d like METV to air it.
cperrynaples 1 month ago
Well, you can see it on Catchy Comedy!
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
I don’t think I have access to Catchy Comedy. 🤔
ArchieB 1 month ago
In my area Illinois, they aired it during a weekend blitz, or whatever they call it. This weekend it is Laverne & Shirley.
ArchieB 1 month ago
It ran in December, 2023.
cperrynaples 1 month ago
I remember Genesis II! One thing I remember was that Mariette Hartly had TWO belly buttons!
Bonus Question: What show did CBS pick up instead? Hint: It used to run on Sci-Fi Saturday Night!
BrittReid cperrynaples 1 month ago
Planet Of The Apes.
MsRockford74 1 month ago
I believe her and David Soul were an item back in the day..they passed within the same month. So sad:(
Another sad story: Marta was the neighbor of Rebecca Schaffer, and witnessed her murder by a deranged fan!
She also appeared on The "Rockford" Files.
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