Theresa Saldana


Age: 61

actress who played Joe Pesci's wife in the 1980 Martin Scorsese film Raging Bull whose career took a giant step forward when she was cast as Lenore LaMotta, the sister-in-law of boxer Jake LaMotta (played by Robert De Niro) and appeared in a 1984 TV movie that relived a near-fatal knife attack she experienced at the hands of a stalker on March 15, 1982 while she was leaving her apartment building in West Hollywood after she was approached by a man who asked if she were Theresa Saldana as he launched a frenzied attack when she said yes, stabbing her 10 times in the chest, arms, and legs with a hunting knife, but who survived only because a passing deliveryman stopped his truck, fought off the assailant and held him until the police arrived, and who spent nearly four months in a hospital, then formed an organization called Victims for Victims that is devoted to helping others who had suffered violent attacks and to campaigning for anti-stalker laws.

Cause of Death: Renal failure

Born: August 20, 1954

Died: June 6, 2016

Los Angeles, California