Kymberly Herrin, the actress who played the Phantom of the Dream in the iconic 1980s film Ghostbusters, died on October 28 at the age of 65, but the news was only released by the US media this Tuesday.
Of Swedish, Filipino and French descent, Herrin first rose to fame in 1981 when she appeared on the cover of the March issue of Playboy magazine. Her long blonde hair, light eyes and her privileged physique made her not go unnoticed, so she would be the cover model for several later editions and even became a model for Ralph Lauren.
In the early days of MTV, Herrin became one of the most watched faces on that channel. In 1984 she was one of the protagonists of the video clip of the song “Legs”, by ZZ Top. The clip was the third in a trilogy that included “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “Sharp Dressed Man” and had made the Texas boogie trio one of the most popular bands. Herrin explained that she was chosen to replace one of the three models that she had participated in the first two videos. The song became the band’s biggest hit.
A year later, she appeared in another ZZ Top video, “Sleeping Bag,” and in 1987 it’s side 10, in the 1987 long-form Kiss video “Exposed,” and in a David Lee Roth video in the mid-1980s. 80. In parallel, she began her film career. Her first screen role for her was in the 1984 film, In Search of the Lost Emerald. Robert Zemeckis’s film, starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, became one of the biggest hits of the year. That same year, she joined the cast of another of the tanks of the time: The Ghostbusters.
In the Ivan Reitman film, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver, among others, Herrin played the Phantom of the Dream, a sultry floating apparition that appeared above Aykroyd’s character’s bed.
Years later, she would also work at Loca academy of drivers; The Hard One, opposite Patrick Swayze, and A Detective on the Loose in Hollywood II, the successful sequel to the movie starring Eddie Murphy. On television, her appearances were of equal measure, but all in programs that were very successful at the time, such as Matt Houston, the series starring Lee Horsley.
According to the obituary published in the Santa Barbara News-Press, Herrin died peacefully in Santa Barbara, California. The person in charge of confirming the news on social networks was her niece, Theresa Ramírez. Although she did not disclose the cause of her death, her mother, Billie Dodson; hers, her brother Mark Herrin and hers, her nephews, asked on their social networks that those who want to honor her, make a donation to the American Cancer Society, to help prevent and treat cancer from mom
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