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Erika Slezak To Appear On 20/20 Special On OLTL Alum Rebecca Schaeffer’s Murder That Changed Hollywood

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Next Friday, April 12th (9pmET) One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) will appear in a two-hour documentary special that shines a light on the now famous murder case of actress Rebecca Schaeffer.  In 1985, before her primetime success on My Sister Sam, Rebecca had appeared on One Life to Live for six months in the role of Annie Barnes.

Schaeffer’s shooting changed Hollywood in many ways; for protections were put into place and safety measures to assist celebrities who are being stalked.  Sadly, Schaeffer was killed by her stalker, Robert John Bardo in the doorway of her Los Angeles apartment building in the summer of 1989.

Erika will participate in the 20/20 episode and recounts how she and the cast of One Life were affected by this tragedy.

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In the exclusive clip via PEOPLE.com from the 20/20 special, Erika shares what happened when the cast of One Life found out Schaeffer had been shot and killed. She shares: “We were just horrified.  How can someone walk up to someone and just shoot them?”

As well as Slezak, lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case. Marcia Clark, Schaeffer’s co-star on My Sister Sam, Pam Dawber. and other notables appear offering their remembrances of this sad and horrible tragedy that took the promising career and life of Schaeffer’s within a second due to a heinous crime.  Throughout the special, viewers will walk through the incident through investigative accounts, and more.

Check out this clip below from the special.  (If it appears small on your screen; hit the full-screen button on the lower right of the video screen )

Will you be watching Erika on 20/20?  Do you remember Rebecca Schaeffer’s tragedy? Comment below.

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Sherri Grant Murdock
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Sherri Grant Murdock

Yes I remember as if yesterday I could not wrap my head around it and still can’t people are just cruel I don’t remember if he is still in jail but he should have gotten the death penalty for that

Barbara Channell
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Barbara Channell

It was shocking…

Momo
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Momo

Yes, he is still imprisoned.

Momo
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Momo

The defense asked for no death penalty if they didn’t have a jury trial. Not sure why the prosecutor agreed to this.

Barbara
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Barbara

Absolutely will be watching. I remember hearing on the news of her murder and a young me was very scared as I lived alone then. She was bright, talented and had her whole life ahead of her. Can’t believe it has been this long ago.

Kay
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Kay

Andrea Evans/Tina from OLTL was also stalked and went into hiding I am surprised they do not have her discussing it but maybe she does not want to talk about it . I remember this story very sad indeed.

Mary
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Mary

What happened to Andrea’s stalker?

su000
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su000

0ohh shees..
I have never heard of My Sister Sam or of Rebecca Schaeffer, or the others.
1985!! 35? years ago.. people were still using rotary phones and cassette tapes..

Nowadays it’s not shocking to hear of someone opening their door and getting shot.
The same gun laws I assume..

chad soard
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chad soard

Its not just the crime itself,its about the victim,her story,and the loss of life so young.Many people have not heard of Rebecca Schaeffer because she didn’t get a chance to have the life she deserved and she was on her way for sure…This poor girl knew she was gonna die so she asked her killer “Why?”….I’m 38 and I remember the show,I remember her,and I remember her death!Btw people still use rotary phones….(smiley face)

chad soard
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chad soard

To hear Rebecca Schaeffer has been gone for 30 Years is just unbelievable!Such a beautiful and special girl She was.She could and would have been great!A real tragedy…..I think its important that the man who caused her death be given as little publicity as possible.Thats what he wanted! He wanted to be linked to Rebecca permanently.Lets stop giving these killers the media attention and the social platforms that only these precious victims like Rebecca should have!

Liz
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Liz

Media attention is not going to murderer. History cannot erase the bad or offensive people if the future is going to different. California DMV changed it’s policy and should be a lesson about data privacy, whether with government or on free websites.

Momo
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Momo

This is very sad.

I wish I had seen this earlier so I could have watched the show.

A private investigator gave him her address. Hopefully things like that have changed.

Momo
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Momo

Just saw, it’s on this Friday so I can still watch it.

Carol Garrison
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Carol Garrison

I do remember and was so shocked, so awful to happen to such a beautiful, talented young woman!

JayinPA
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JayinPA

This was a tragedy and it was something I myself couldn’t wrap my head around. It’s sad that even back then this country didn’t have gun control. Even right now to what is going on in the world with guns we need gun control. Instead of worrying about immigrants crossing over a border, why not worry about the shootings that are out of control? I even remember the shooting of John Lennon. How sad, this star wasn’t even given a chance to blossom and make a name for herself. I feel bad for her family and friends.

Valerie Looez
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Valerie Looez

I don’t really remember her but it’s sad that this had to happen for awareness to be brought to this story. ,. People will remember Erika as Vickey / Nicky on OLTL

Debbie Brucker
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Debbie Brucker

So very shocking , I never knew this happened and I’m very sorry to all who knew Rebecca Schaeffer

DMRR
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DMRR

I remember this like it was yesterday. A total tragedy. I’ll be watching 20/20.

Momo
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Momo

I watched the show and I wasn’t really impressed with the presentation. It was disjointed. Like they had one person say a sentence and then they cut to another person saying a sentence. It didn’t flow well IMO.

It is still incredibly sad what happened to Rebecca. She was so beautiful. She is forever 21. She was really talented and from all accounts, super nice. Who knows what she could have been or done? At least changes in laws were made as a result of her murder.

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Kimberlin Brown Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful with a Bombshell … Sheila is Finn’s Bio-Mom!

The rumors have proven to be true! You can watch what happens for more on this exciting return on tonight’s Entertainment Tonight segment (see below).  However, all-time supervillain Sheila Carter, played by soap fan favorite, Kimberlin Brown is baaacck and on The Bold and the Beautiful.

As viewers recently learned, Finn (Tanner Novlan) was adopted and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and she vowed to love him no matter who his bio parents were! But how will she feel when she finds out that his mother is actually Sheila Carter who has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Forrester family and everyone else in Los Angeles?

Soap Opera Digest spoke with Kimberlin on her exciting return where she shared: “When I found out that Finn was Sheila’s son, I was excited — I mean, terribly excited.”  Brown added on this next return to B&B, “Get ready, because the best is yet to come!’

Steffy and Finn’s nuptials are set for this Thursday August 5th and this Friday August 6th, where plenty of drama will play out.  How will Finn deal with finding out who is biological mother really is? Is there still a big twist on this yet to come?  Stay tuned!

So, excited to know that Sheila is back on the canvas as The Bold and the Beautiful and Kimberlin will be back on our-screens? Comment below.

But first check out ET’s exclusive at the wedding nuptials of Steffy and Finn and the return of Sheila and then our joint interview with Brown and Tracey E. Bregman of Y&R last year on The Michael Fairman Channel for more on Sheila’s notorious history!

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‘Port Charles’ Star Jay Pickett Dead at 60

UPDATED:  Just heartbreaking news over the weekend.  Former Port Charles star and soap veteran, Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie.  His cause of death was not immediately known, although in a post on Sunday from Travis Mills it appears to have been from a heart attack. Pickett was 60-years-old.  On Sunday, former co-stars have shared their remembrances while mourning Jay including Michael Easton, Kelly Monaco, Michael Dietz, Marie Wilson, Kin Shriner and more.

In addition to his most remembered role on daytime as Frank Scanlon on the GH spinoff, Port Charles, where he appeared in over 762 episodes, Pickett also appeared on GH replacing Ted King as Lorenzo Alcazar and came back to the show in 2006-07 in the recurring role of Detective David Harper.  Jay also spent time on Days of our Lives as Dr. Chip Lakin and appeared on primetime’s Desperate Housewives and Queen Sugar countless other TV series and films.

Word of Pickett’s death first came via Facebook from Jim Heffel who is the film’s co-producer, who shared along with these images (see below): “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner.”

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Michael Dietz, who played Pickett’s on-screen brother, Joe Scanlon on Port Charles shared his grief on the news on Facebook, expressing: “My greatest friend has sadly left this world. We met when we were cast as brothers on Port Charles many, many years ago. He played my big brother on TV but that carried over into real life and an amazing friendship that was one of a kind. He was an incredible husband, father, friend, and godfather to my daughter. Everyone that knew him loved him. I love you, Jay. Keep smiling my friend. All my love to his family, who truly became our family as well. You will be forever missed.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Jay’s former co-star at Port Charles shared: “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad . He loved acting and Westerns , and when we got together we laughed a lot . R.I.P. Jay”

Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, PC and now Sam, GH) shared on her Instagram:  “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jay Pickett. If you knew him, you loved him. Words can’t describe…”

Michael Easton (Ex-Caleb/Michael PC, and now Finn on GH) expressed: “Mourning the loss of our friend and colleague. I first met Jay in Margie Haber’s acting class in the late 80’s and was fortunate to get to work with him many times over the next thirty years. He was a wonderful actor but an even better person. My deepest condolences to his wife and his children, his friends and all of his fans. Rest in peace, Brother.”

Marie Wilson (Ex-Karen, Port Charles) shared: “This is one of the most difficult posts I’ve done. My heart is broken to hear that this incredible person has passed. Words cannot described how much you touched my life….your friendship, advice, and support made me feel so grateful and lucky. My first day on the set was with us having a water fight ….and the fun adventures continued from there. So happy to have shared all those moments with you. I will miss you my friend!”

Travis Mills from the film Treasure Valley, in which Pickett was filming at the time of his death, shared on Sunday morning this updated message on Facebook: “Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.  As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Jay is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.

We will have more on this continuing story as remembrances for Pickett are shared, and updated on news of his passing.

Share your condolences and thoughts on Jay via the comment section below.

 

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The NBCUniversal streaming service, Peacock has ordered a five-episode limited run featuring Days of our Lives!

In the first of its kind for the streamer, the series entitled Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem will feature fan favorite returns, the current cast and more which includes: Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

According to the announcement on the series Monday morning; here is what fans can look for in the limited series: Over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only Days of our Lives can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

Look for additional characters than those listed above to also make appearances as well in the hunt for the stolen jewels.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem is produced by Corday Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ken Corday is the executive producer with co-executive producer Albert Alarr. Ron Carlivati serves as head writer.

So, what do you think about the upcoming series on Peacock featuring Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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