‘The Commish’ star Theresa Saldana dead at 61 from illness
The New York Post
By Meera Jagannathan
June 7, 2016
“The Commish” star Theresa Saldana died in a Los Angeles hospital Monday at 61, according to a report.
Saldana, who memorably survived a harrowing 1982 celebrity-stalker stabbing, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after battling an unspecified illness, a family member told TMZ.
The Brooklyn-born actress, who retired from acting more than a decade ago, was best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role as Rachel Scali, a police commissioner’s (Michael Chiklis) wife, on the ABC dramedy “The Commish” from 1991 to 1996.
She rose to fame in 1980 playing Lenora LaMotta, Joe Pesci’s onscreen wife in “Raging Bull."
Following her turn in the Martin Scorsese flick, Saldana was stabbed nearly to death in West Hollywood by a crazed fan in March 1982. She went on to become a vocal advocate for stalking victims.
Born: 8/20/1954, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/6/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Theresa Saldana’s western – actress:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV) – 1983 (Angelina)