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1984: 'The Theresa Saldana Story' Airs on NBC
November 12, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski
 
On this day in 1984, actress Theresa Saldana played herself in the gut-wretching NBC telefilm, Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story. Two years earlier, Saldana — perhaps best-known for playing Rachel Scali, wife of Michael Chiklis' Tony Scali on ABC's The Commish — barely survived a knife attack by a obsessed fan.

Saldana's stalker first saw the actress in the 1980 film, Defiance, and used a private detective to obtain information that led him to her West Hollywood home. He stabbed her ten times, in broad daylight, with onlookers watching. A lone man, Jeff Fenn, who was making a delivery nearby, rushed to the scene to subdue the attacker.

Following her recovery, Saldana became an advocate for stalking victims, lobbying for federal protections and privacy safeguards.


 
 
 
 
 
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"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. Interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer are high points... Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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