Where Are They Now? : Halloween’s Marianne Hagan

Marianne Hagan was born in New York in 1966. She had a wide range of interests – from writing, to politics, to acting. She pursued all three careers at various points in her life, but she started with writing when she was first published in the New York Times at the tender age of 15. When she graduated high school, she pursued education at Duke University, and eventually earned her B.A. in Political Science. She was about to pursue her Master’s Degree, but decided to pursue her love of acting instead.

She first appeared in a horror film with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, the sixth installment in the franchise. It is widely considered the worst entry, but Marianne was the star and gave a noteworthy performance. She played the role of Kara Strode, technically Laurie Strode’s cousin through adoption. Kara would later become one of only three women to survive a Michael Myers attack.

Before and after her escapes from Michael Myers, Ms. Hagan had a successful career in television. Her roles include guest spots on “Who’s the Boss?” in 1990, “Friends” in 1994, “Law & Order” from 1995-1998, “Third Watch” in 2003, and “Law & Order: SVU” from 2002-2005.

So, where is Marianne Hagan now?

While she still continues to act throughout the industry, I’m happy to say that the majority of her most recent roles have been in horror films! She had supporting roles in Dead Calling (2006) and the straight-to-DVD success Stake Land (2010); both of which starred other Halloween alumni. Then, she nabbed the leads in Breadcrumbs (2011) and Last Kind Words (2012).

Marianne also continues to write. Her book, Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits, was released in October 2010; and she even promoted it on “The View.” She continues to write articles for other websites and blogs, too.


Written by Michael Therkelsen

(Senior Editor)