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Sally Hardesty Enright
Sally Hardesty
Known aliases
Known relatives
Franklin Hardesty Enright (Brother)
Lieutenant Boude Enright (Uncle)
Year of birth
Year of death
1977 (TCM3)
Portrayed by
Sally Hardesty is a fictional character and main protagonist in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre who fought and defeated Leatherface and his murderous family.


Sally Hardesty was the sister of Franklin Hardesty. She drove out with her brother and their three friends: her boyfriend Jerry, Kirk and his girlfriend, Pam to Muerto County to make certain that their grandfather's grave had not been desecrated during a recent rash of grave robbing incidents. While passing through town they picked up a hitchhiker who turned out to be a crazed lunatic. Following a bit of uncomfortable unpleasantness, they kicked the man out of their vehicle and proceeded to their grandparents' old farmhouse. This idyllic summer afternoon soon turned into tragedy as one by one, all of Sally's friends were brutally murdered by a cannibalistic man known only as Leatherface. Sally watched in horror as her invalid brother Franklin was disemboweled by Leatherface's chainsaw.
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Sally tries to escape from Leatherface.

Leatherface chased Sally through the forests until she sought refuge inside a nearby gas station/bait shop. What she learned only moments later, was that the proprietor of the bait shop was related to both Leatherface and the strange hitchhiker they picked up earlier that morning. The old man clubbed Sally with a broom handle, tossed her into a gunny sack and threw her into his truck. He brought her back to the family's farmhouse where she was tied down to a dining room chair made from human remains. Each of the family members, including their ancient grandfather took turns battering Sally with a hammer. Finally however, she managed to wrangle free of her bonds and escape. Leatherface and the hitchhiker followed after her. The hitchhiker chased her out into the road, swiping at her back with his straight razor. Fortunately for Sally, an oncoming cattle truck struck the psychotic maniac, killing him. Leatherface continued to pursue her, but Sally managed to catch a ride in the back of a motorist's pick-up truck and get away. The experience proved so frightful to her that she spent the next several years inside a mental institution.

Hitchhiker terrorizes Sally

Years later on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Sally's uncle, Former Texas Ranger Lefty Enright, tracked the cannibal family down in order to exact revenge for the cost they had brought upon his family.

Sally escapes Leatherface and his family.

The final fate of Sally Hardesty is unknown. She was seen many years later in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation being wheeled down a corridor on a gurney at a mental hospital.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is the first film for actress Marilyn Burns.
  • Marilyn Burns also played the role of Linda Kasabian in the 1976 biopic Helter Skelter.
  • Marilyn Burns also appeared in another Tobe Hooper film, Eaten Alive.