It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that actress Theresa Saldana has passed away aged 61 years old. She had been hospitalized in Los Angeles, but no cause of death was given.
Saldana was born on August 20, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, and is most well known for her role as Rachel Scali in The Commish and as Lenore in Raging Bull. She also popped up on the Cult Faction radar in I Wanna Hold Your Hand, T.J. Hooker, They Evil That Men Do, The Twilight Zone, Cagney & Lacey, Simon & Simon, Matlock, Tales From The Darkside, Hunter, The Highwayman, Werewolf, New Kids On The Block, MacGyver, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects, Diagnosis Murder, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Martial Law, and Batman Beyond.
Her most lasting legacy is Victims for Victims – an organisation she founded following a near-fatal stalking incident/knife attack in 1982. The lunatic who attacked her claimed to have been ordered by higher powers to murder her, attacked and attempted to murder her. After a long, hard recovery, Saldana devoted her life to helping other women who have had similar traumatic experiences and thus Victims for Victims was born. Her guest role on Hunter in 1987 was loosely based on the events surrounding her attack.
She was helped during her attack by a bottled-water deliveryman who was driving by. He rushed to Saldana’s assistance, subdued the man 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.