Sally Hardesty
Sally Hardesty
Marilyn Burns portraying Sally



Appears In:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 opening narration
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (mentioned)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (cameo)
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (mentioned)


Franklin Hardesty (brother

Lieutenant Lefty Enright (uncle)
Jerry (boyfriend)
Pam (friend)
Kirk (friend)

Portrayed By:

Marilyn Burns

Sally Hardesty is the protagonist of the original 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. She is young, beautiful, and strong willed. She is traveling across Texas with her friends, brother, and boyfriend when she encounters the demented and cannibalistic Sawyer family and the chainsaw wielding Leatherface. She subsequently appears in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) as a patient on a gurney with Marilyn Burns reprising her role.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Edit

Sally grew up with her brother Franklin in Texas. She and Franklin travel with friends Kirk and Pam and with boyfriend Jerry, to Texas to visit the grave of their grandfather and to investigate reports of vandalism and grave robbing. Afterwards, they decide to visit the old Hardesty family homestead. Along the way they pick up Nubbins Sawyer who slashes both himself and Franklin with a straight razor before the group forces him out of the van.



waiting for Jerry

Pam and Kirk go missing after they leave for a local swimming hole. It gets late and Jerry decides to look for them while Sally and Franklin stay behind at the van. Darkness falls and Jerry hasn't returned so Sally and Franklin decide to look for him. After fighting over a flashlight Sally pushes Franklin through the hilly woods while they scream for Jerry.


Still looking for Jerry, Franklin hears something and tells Sally to stop. Before she can react Leatherface appears and kills Franklin with his chainsaw while Sally watches in shock.

The death of Franklin

She flees into the woods with Leatherface chasing her. Due to her small stature and Leatherface's large body she is able to slip through the dense woods with ease while Leatherface has to pause to cut through limbs. Sally becomes lost and trapped and is about to be killed when she sees the porchlight of a distant house. She emerges from the woods and runs towards the house screaming, with Leatherface in close pursuit. She enters through the front door and runs upstairs screaming for help, running into the upper rooms and

Sally fleeing the chainsaw wielding Leatherface

becoming horrified when she sees Grandpa Sawyer. She then runs back downstairs and Leatherface manages to cut through the door. Sally runs back upstairs with Leatherface following her. With nowhere else to go she jumps through the two story
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In shock

window and crashes into a tree and falls to the ground. She then flees the property back into the woods with Leatherface following, and is knocked down by a tree and almost killed again by Leatherface . She narrowly escapes, and runs into a field at which this point the blades of Leatherface's chainsaw are only a foot away from her back. She sees a light from the gas station from earlier and runs towards it. Running onto the porch she attempts to open the front door. Leatherface almost gets her again but she quickly runs around to the back and crashes through the back door, startling Drayton Sawyer.

The DinnerEdit

Not long after arriving Sally realizes that Drayton is in league with her attacker. He knocks her out with a broom

Sally trapped by Drayton Sawyer

and takes her back to the house. There she encounters the Hitchhiker and Leatherface only he's wearing makeup and a wig. After securing her bonds to a chair, the hitchhiker reveals himself and taunts her when she recognizes him.

I Thought You Were In A Hurry

She finds out that they are a
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Dinner party

cannibal family and is forced to have dinner with them. Grandpa Sawyer drinks her blood while she blacks out. When she wakes up, the Sawyers decide it's time to kill her and that Grandpa should do it. They give him a hammer but he's too weak to hold it. Nubbins lets go of Sally in

The cannibalistic Family

order to help Grandpa.

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Sally witnessing nubbins Death

The EscapeEdit

While hitchhiker is busy with Grandpa, Sally jumps through the living room window. It is now early morning and she runs for her life while Nubbins chases her across the driveway, while Leatherface follows with his chainsaw.

She makes it to the road while Nubbins slashes her back. A semi truck runs him over and Sally and the driver both flee as Leatherface continues to chase them. She then flags down a pickup truck and climbs </p>

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Sally's escape

onto the bed before nearly being killed by Leatherface again. She then laughs manically as she rides away from Leatherface.

Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III In The Opening Narration of Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III It Is Revealed That She Died In A Mental Institution In 1977

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: New GenerationEdit

After the events of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Sally spent the next several years inside a mental institution. We see her being wheeled down a corridor on a gurney there. Her final fate is unknown, but it is believed she died there.


  • She is the first in the series to escape Leatherface.
  • She has the longest chase scene in the series.
  • She evades death 6 times from Leatherface and the Sawyer family.
  • Her nightly chase scene is voted the best of all time by many horror film fans.
  • Marilyn Burns couldn't physically run faster than Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) which explains the many close calls with him.
  • Marilyn Burns had to do her own stunts due to the low budget.
  • Marilyn Burns returns as a different character Verna Carson in Texas Chainsaw 3D after 28 years.