Charles Robinson, Patricia Ann Priest, and Yvonne de Carlo {image via CBS}

Patricia Ann Priest, best known for playing Marilyn Munster on the popular Sixties sitcom The Munsters dwas born August 15, 1936 in Bountiful, Utah, USA. Monday, August 15, 2022 is her 86th birthday.

From 1964 to 1966. Pat Priest played Marilyn, the “ugly duckling” of the Munster family. Beverly Owen played Marilyn in the first thirteen episodes of the show. The character of Marilyn Munster was an attractive blonde, the only ordinary human in a family of monsters. Young homo sapiens males (both guest stars and fans) considered her pretty. Her family felt sorry for her because she was too plain and homely to ever catch a husband.

Patricia Ann Priest herself was born August 15, 1936 in Bountiful Utah, USA, and had a remarkable family of her own: she grew up in Washington, D.C. where her mother was Secretary of the Treasury under President Eisenhower.

After The Munsters she appeared in the horror movie The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971) as Linda Girard. She retired from acting in 1976. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but is currently in remission. She came out of retirement to play the Transylvania Airlines Announcer in Rob Zombie’s prequel film The Munsters (due out in October of 2022).

She has been married twice and has two children. Her first husband and the father of her sons was Pierce Andrew Jensen, Jr. They were married from 1955 to 1967. Her current husband is Frederick Hansing, whom she married in 1981.

Happy Birthday, Pat Priest! We hope you have a fantastic day.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.