Actress and model Kymberly Herrin has died at the age of 65, according to an obituary published by the Santa Barbara New-Press. While the name Kymberly Herrin may not instantly ring a bell for most people, fans of 1984’s Ghostbusters will know her as the alluring ghost that makes Dan Aykroyd’s Ray smile during a somewhat risky dream sequence in the middle of the movie. While her cause of death has not been revealed, the obituary states that she died peacefully at home on October 28, and family have asked for donations to the American Cancer Society to “further the research of the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.”
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Although Herrin also gained fame as a Playboy Playmate, and starred in other movies such as Beverley Hills Cop II – coincidentally playing a Playboy Playmate – and Romancing the Stone, it was her very brief but memorable appearance in Ghostbusters that most movie lovers will remember her for. In a scene forming part of a montage in the movie, Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz dreams of being in a medieval castle bedroom, where a ghost wearing an ethereal white dress, played by Herrin, hovers above him before vanishing. A moment later, the scene takes a turn as the ghostbuster’s trouser belt is unbuckled by unseen hands, and the camera cuts away to Ray’s face as his flies are undone. While the scene was a risky joke for a PG movie, it was subtle enough to go over the heads of younger audiences, but was cut from some TV broadcasts of the movie for many years.
Who Was Kymberly Herrin?
Like many models who have had fleeting movie careers, there are many people who simply won’t know who Kymberly Herrin was. Born in 1957 in Santa Barbara, Herrin was of mixed French-Swedish-Filipino descent. After graduating, Herrin’s appearance led her into modeling, and in 1981 she was March’s Playboy Playmate of the Month, and she graced the cover of the magazine again in September 1982 and 1983. She modeled for Ralph Lauren, as well for swimwear and fitness magazines before appearing as Angelina in the prologue of Romancing the Stone in 1984. Her appearances in Ghostbusters, Beverley Hills Cop II and a short role in Road House were her only movie appearances, but she did also make a big impact in ZZTop’s ‘Legs’ music video along with fellow models Daniele Arnaud and Jeana Keough.
Following the actress’ death, her niece shared an image on her Facebook account, showing her Aunt with her two late sisters, and commented, “They are all together now. Aunt Kymberly Herrin. I love you.” While Herrin may not be the biggest film star to have passed away this year, there are very few people who have watched the movie Ghostbusters and do not remember her several seconds on screen. For anyone to have a role that iconic that it is still well-remembered forty years later, then that is someone who has earned their place among the many gone but not forgotten stars of Hollywood. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.