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Overview (2)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)

Mini Bio (1)

Theresa Saldana was born on August 20, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Raging Bull (1980), The Commish (1991) and I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978). She was married to Phil Peters and Alfredo Feliciano. She died on June 6, 2016 in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Phil Peters (March 1989 - 6 June 2016) (her death) (1 child)
Alfredo Feliciano (1979 - 1986) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Founded the organization Victims for Victims after surviving a nearly fatal knife attack by a deranged admirer.
Shortly after her appearance in Raging Bull (1980), a lunatic religious fanatic, who claimed to have been ordered by higher powers, attacked and attempted to murder her. After a long, hard recovery, Ms. Saldana has devoted her life to helping other women who have had similar traumatic experiences.
While the lunatic was struggling with Saldana on her front lawn, a bottled-water deliveryman was driving by. He rushed to Saldana's assistance, subdued the lunatic and summoned medical help for her. When the media reported that the young deliveryman had hoped to pass the exam for deputy sheriff and join the department, the sheriff of Los Angeles County ordered that he be immediately given the written exam and placed in the training academy. He graduated from the academy and became a deputy sheriff.
Was considered for the hosting job on America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988).
Began training as a teen with well-known acting guru Sanford Meisner.
Won major attention in 1980 as Joe Pesci's wife in Raging Bull (1980).
Has one child by her husband Phil Peters, a daughter named Tianna Saldana Peters.
Of Puerto Rican and Italian descent.
Guest starred on a 1987 episode of NBC's police drama "Hunter", playing the part of an attack victim. The episode's storyline was loosely based on the events surrounding her near fatal real-life attack 5 years earlier.
Was originally set for a part in Tootsie (1982) playing a supporting role. However, after being wounded during the stalking incident, she lost the role to newcomer Geena Davis.

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