Theresa Saldana, ‘The Commish’ Actress Who Survived Knife Attack by Disturbed Fan, Dead at 61

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Actress Theresa Saldana, known for movies including “Raging Bull” and nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on TV’s “The Commish,” has died after an illness, according to a family member. She was 61.

Although a prominent actress, Saldana was perhaps best known for surviving a knife attack by a disturbed fan outside her West Hollywood apartment in 1982 in which she was stabbed 10 times. The attack was among the earliest to bring attention to celebrity stalking and the fine line between being a fan and dangerous fanaticism.

Saldana would play herself in a 1984 TV movie, “Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.” The movie would be nominated for one prime-time Emmy Award. Saldana would also found the advocacy group Victims for Victims, which fought for anti-stalking laws. She also published a memoir, “Beyond Survival,” in 1987.

On playing herself and re-creating the near-fatal attack, Saldana told The Times in 1984, “I hope it stands as an example, not just to victims of crime but to others who have been through a tragedy, that you can get through almost anything.

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