Marilyn Eastman has passed away

Published on
August 23, 2021

Very sad to hear the news MARILYN EASTMAN passed away on 8/22/21 in Tampa, Florida.Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. She will be sadly missed.

Here is a statement from Marilyn's son, John Eastman, posted today on his social media account.

I'm very sad to announce the passing of my mother, MARILYN EASTMAN on 8/22/21 in Tampa, Florida.     Marilyn Marie Johnson was born  in Davenport, Iowa on December 17th, 1933   My mother moved to Pittsburgh in the early 60's and eventually joined  Karl Hardman at Hardman Associates.  Later in life Marilyn and Karl became business and life partners until Karl's passing in 2007
In addition to her iconic role as Helen Cooper in the 1968 Horror Classic "Night of the Living Dead"  Marilyn was a Stage, Television and Radio performer as well as a writer and producer.     More importantly, she was a hard working single mother who raised my brother and I on her own.  I cannot overstate how much she enjoyed the affection and attention shown to her by countless NOLD fans, and up until several weeks ago, was planning personal appearances.       She is survived by my brother Michael and I,  5 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.   Marilyn Eastman died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87.   It was her desire to return to Pittsburgh and those plans are to be announced at a later date.

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