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How the Murder of Starlet Rebecca Schaeffer by Her Stalker ‘Changed Hollywood’

28 March 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Danna Schaeffer can vividly recall the moment she learned her daughter, up-and-coming actress Rebecca Schaeffer, had been murdered.

It was a July morning in 1989 in Portland, Oregon, and Dana, a writer and teacher, was working on a play. So when her phone started ringing at about 11:30 a.m., she let it go to her answering machine.

Then she heard the message an ABC executive had left for her, and she called back.

“I still remember how sunny my voice sounded when he picked up the phone,” Danna told Entertainment Weekly. “Then he said, and these words are inscribed in my brain, »

- People Staff

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