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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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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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