Linda Pugach, subject of documentary 'Crazy Love,' dies at 75
Published: January 25, 2013 02:06PM
Updated: January 25, 2013 02:06PM
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FILE - This handout photo provided by Magnolia Pictures shows Linda and Burt Pugach in 1974. The two are the subject of the movie, "Crazy Love." Linda Pugach, who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face and became a media sensation after later marrying him died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in New York. She was 75. (AP Photo/ Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and Shoot the Moon Productions, file)

Sundance veterans may remember the 2007 documentary "Crazy Love," which told the story of Burt and Linda Pugach -- whose love story made tabloid headlines in 1959, when thugs hired by Mr. Pugach threw lye in the face of Linda Riss.

Miss Riss was blinded. Mr. Pugach was imprisoned for 14 years. When he was released, he divorced his first wife and proposed to Miss Riss on live TV. She said yes.

Linda Pugach died from heart failure Tuesday in a Queens hospital, the Associated Press reported. She was 75.

-- Sean P. Means