Ghostbusters’ “Dream Ghost” Kymberly Herrin, who also participated in the video that made ZZ Top household names on MTV, has passed away. She turned 65.Her family told the Santa Barbara News-Press that Herrin died in Santa Barbara in October, but they didn’t say why or give any other information.
Herrin was a model who was on the cover of more than a dozen magazines, including twice for Playboy before she was chosen to be in the music video for “Legs” by ZZ Top in 1984.
The clip was the third in a series of three over-the-top videos that also included “Gimme All Your Lovin'” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” These videos made the Texas boogie trio regulars on a cable channel that was just starting up at the time.
Herrin told an interviewer that in the first two videos, she replaced one of the three women because the other two “didn’t like” her. She was the woman in the bright red top in “Legs,” which was the band’s biggest hit, reaching the Top 10 in the U.S. and several other countries.
She was also in ZZ Top’s 1985 video for “Sleeping Bag,” which was also a Top 10 hit. In 1987, she was in the long-form Kiss video Exposed, and in the mid-1980s, she was in a David Lee Roth video.
Herrin also got parts in two popular movies from 1984: Romancing the Stone by Robert Zemeckis, with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, and Ghostbusters by Ivan Reitman, with Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and others.
In the latter, Herrin plays the ghostly figure who appears over Ackroyd’s bed while he sleeps and seems to be doing more than just floating.
Herrin, who was born on October 2, 1957, in Lompoc, California, has been as a guest star on the television shows Matt Houston and St. Elsewhere and in the feature films Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Road House (1987), and Moving Violations (1985).
Kymberly’s mother, Billie Dodson and her brother, Mark Herrin, as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews, are the only people who will remember her.
The family gave money to the American Cancer Society to help them do more research on how to prevent and treat breast cancer.
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