Linda Manz, actor of “Days of Heaven” and “Out of the Blue”, dies at 58


Linda Manz, an actress known for her roles in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” and Dennis Hopper’s “Out of the Blue”, died Friday. She was 58 years old.Her son, Michael Guthrie, started a GoFundMe fundraiser that announced that she had died from lung cancer and pneumonia.

“Linda passed away on August 14 after battling lung cancer and pneumonia. She leaves behind a husband, two sons and three grandchildren who all love and miss her dearly. Linda was a loving wife, a caring mom, a great grandmother, and a great friend who was loved by many, ”Guthrie wrote. “Thank you and God bless you. Rest in peace. We love you mom. ”

Ken Wahl, who starred in the 1979 drama “The Wanderers”, recalled Manz, his teammate who played a character named Peewee, in a Facebook post on Friday.

“It was great working with her and I am grateful that I was able to speak to her before she passed away this morning. RIP Peewee, ”he wrote, sharing behind-the-scenes photos from the film.

Manz’s first movie role was in 1978’s “Days of Heaven” when she was just 15 years old. She played Linda, the younger sister of Richard Gere’s main character Bill, who fled with him and his girlfriend from Chicago to Texas after Bill killed his foreman. Manz also provided the narration for the film, which won the Oscar for Best Cinematography and the Best Director Award for Malick at the Cannes Film Festival.

In “Out of the Blue” she played the role of Cebe, a rebellious teenager who was obsessed with punk rock music and Elvis Presley. Her most recent film credit was in 1997’s “The Game” with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, and she appeared in the television series “Dorothy”, “Orphan Train” and “Faerie Tale Theater”.


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