Lynne Marta has died at the age of 78: The actress spent four decades in front of the camera in projects such as Joe Kidd, Footloose and Starsky & Hutch

  • The veteran actress died Thursday at her LA home after a battle with cancer
  • She has appeared in films including Footloose and Joe Kidd
  • Her television resume included stints on Love, American Style and Barnaby Jones

Actress Lynne Marta died Thursday at the age of 78 at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer.

Martin’s boyfriend Chris Saint-Hilaire confirmed her departure to The Hollywood Reporter.

Marta spent four decades in show business, with her most prominent work appearing in Footloose and Joe Kidd; and on the TV shows Love, American Style, Starsky & Hutch, Barnaby Jones, The FBI and Medical Center.

Born on October 31, 1948, in Somerville, New Jersey, Marta was the younger daughter of her father, George, who served as the state’s air and water pollution commissioner.

In the 1972 film Joe Kidd for filmmaker John Sturges, Marta played Elma, the partner of landowner Frank Harlan (Robert Duvall), who caught the eye of the film’s titular bounty hunter, played by Clint Eastwood.

Actress Lynne Marta died Thursday at the age of 78 at her home in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Pictured in 1977

The actress played the role of Lulu Warnicker in Kevin Bacon’s 1984 film Footloose

She also appeared on television in a number of shows produced by the late Aaron Spelling, including The Mod Squad, Charlie’s Angels, The Rookies, Matt Houston and Vega$.

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She also worked on a number of series produced by the late Quinn Martin, such as The Streets of San Francisco, Dan August, Cannon, Caribe and The Manhunter.

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