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American actor Lynne Marta, who acted in films such as `Joe Kidd` and `Footloose,` has died, Hollywood Reporter reported. She was 78. Marta died on January 11 at her Los Angeles home following a battle with cancer, according to her friend Chris Saint-Hilaire.

She also appeared in episodes of Aaron Spelling`s `The Mod Squad,` `The Rookies,` `Starsky & Hutch,` `Charlie`s Angels,` `Vega$,` and `Matt Houston,` as well as Quinn Martin`s `The F.B.I.,` `Dan August,` `Cannon,` `The Streets of San Francisco,` `Barnaby Jones,` `The Manhunter,` and `Caribe.`

Marta, the younger of two daughters, was born October 30, 1945, in Somerville, New Jersey. Her father, George, served as New Jersey`s commissioner of air and water pollution. She began her career on the syndicated adolescent dance show `The Lloyd Thaxton Show.` Her television credits include `Then Came Bronson,` `Gunsmoke,` `Kojak,` `Medical Centre,` `Marcus Welby,` `M.D.,` `The Rockford Files,` `Knight Rider,` `Designing Women,` and `Law & Order.`

She appeared in several films, including `Red Sky at Morning,` `Help Me, I`m Possessed,` and `Blood Beach.` Marta had an open relationship with David Soul, a Starsky & Hutch star who was married to actress Karen Carlson, according to People in 1983.

“All through the Starsky & Hutch years, David and Lynne lived together but spent time with other people,” according to the publication. In 1977, she starred alongside him on his `David Soul and Friends` TV special, as per the Hollywood Reporter.

Her survivors include her sister, MJ, and her cat, Mr. Peaches. 

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