50 Years After This Oscar-Nominated Actor Vanished, The Dark Truth Has Finally Come To Light

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Catherine Burns earned an Academy Award nomination for her standout performance in the 1969 teen drama Last Summer. Aside from the Oscar nod, the role also won Burns critical acclaim for her talent, seemingly tipping her to become Hollywood’s next big thing. Instead, the actor shied away from the limelight, before ultimately disappearing altogether.

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In 1969 it seemed that Burns was on the brink of a successful Hollywood career. That year, she had made her film debut in the teen drama Last Summer. Her role as Rhoda in the dark indie flick, from filmmaker Frank Perry, earned the young actor critical acclaim and even an Oscar nomination. But she was not your average starlet.

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