Reported on Movieweb, Desiree Joan Gould, known for her role as the quirky Aunt Martha in 1983’s cult classic slasher Sleepaway Camp, died on Monday, May 24. She was 76 years old.
The circumstances around her death are currently unknown. Word first broke from her fellow Sleepaway Camp co-star Felissa Rose who paid tribute to Gould via her Twitter page:
My heart is heavy. Today we lost a Sleepaway Camp family member. We all love you Desiree Gould. Thank you for creating such a charismatic and memorable character! Aunt Martha will be forever remembered. ??Condolences to all your family and friends. Rest easy?? pic.twitter.com/CWbxdyRHHF
— FelissaRose (@Felissa_Rose) May 25, 2021
Gould was born in New York City on March 27, 1945, and at a young age took up singing and tap-dancing classes. This avenue lead her to pursue acting and over the course of many years Gould worked in theater and TV commercials.
Her first screen acting role was in the 1979 made-for-television film You Can’t Go Home Again, before playing Aunt Martha, Gould’s most notable part.
She got the role while with the Marje Fields Talent agency in Manhattan, NY. It was her agent, Dorothy Scott, who insisted she audition.
2014’s Tales of Poe, an anthology film, would be Gould’s final acting role where she played a character named Nurse Malliard in the segment The Tell-Tale Heart.
After moving on from acting she went into real estate as an agent for Douglas Elliman in 1992. She remained with the company until 2013 when she started working for Halstead Property Real Estate where she enjoyed much success.
Her presence in the horror community spanned decades, with her appearing at horror conventions and cast reunions.
The staff of Horror News Network sends our condolences to Desiree’s family and friends, she will surely be missed.