Tony-Nominated Actress Who Starred in Famous 'Twilight Zone' Episode That Was the Inspiration for the Movie 'Poltergeist' Dies. She Also Guest-Starred in a Notable 'Star Trek' Episode THR, TVWeek
A Tony-nominated actress who starred in one of the best-known of the original "Twilight Zone" episodes has died at age 80.
"British actress Sarah Marshall, a Tony-nominated veteran who later appeared in memorable episodes of TV’s 'Star Trek' and 'The Twilight Zone,' has died. She was 80," a story in The Hollywood Reporter says.
The report adds: "Marshall died Saturday in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer, her daughter-in-law, Trixie Flynn, said.
"Marshall was the daughter of noted British actors Herbert Marshall ('The Letter,' 'Foreign Correspondent') and Edna Best ('The Man Who Knew Too Much,' 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir')."
The "Twilight Zone" episode she was in was called "Little Girl Lost," penned by the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer Richard Matheson, based on his short story. It's about a little girl who rolls under her bed one night and disappears into another dimension. Marshall played the little girl's mother, who comes almost completely unhinged over what has happened. This episode, originally aired in March 1962, later was used by Steven Spielberg as the basis of the 1982 movie "Poltergeist," which Spielberg wrote.
Marshall also guest-starred in a notable episode in the original "Star Trek" series. In a season 2 episode called "The Deadly Years," the crew of the Enterprise, exposed to radiation, start to age rapidly. Marshall plays a doctor who helps cure the crew.
Marshall "received a best supporting actress Tony Award nomination for playing Rusty Mayerling in 'Goodbye, Charlie' and a New York Drama Critics Award for her work as Bonnie Dee Ponder in 'The Ponder Heart,' both of which opened in 1959," according to THR.
Marshall was in many other stage productions and TV shows.
She is survived by actor Karl Held, 82, her husband of 50 years, says THR, which adds, "In addition to Flynn and Held, Marshall is survived by son Timothy, grandchildren Seamus, Sarah, Timothy and Eliza and half-sister Ann.
Marshall had nothing to do with the 2008 American comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."