Theresa Saldana

American actress

Theresa Saldana (August 20, 1954 – June 6, 2016) was an American actress and author.

Theresa Saldana
Saldana in 1981
Born(1954-08-20)August 20, 1954
DiedJune 6, 2016(2016-06-06) (aged 61)
Years active1978–2004
  • Fred Feliciano[1] (divorced)
  • Phil Peters (1989–2016, her death)
ChildrenTianna Peters

Early life


Saldana was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was adopted at five days old by Divina and Tony Saldana, a family of Puerto Rican and Italian-American heritage.[2][3]



She is known for her role as Rachel Scali, the wife of Police Commissioner Tony Scali, in the 1990s television series The Commish, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, in 1994.

She played the role of 'Lenore La Motta', the wife of Joe Pesci's character, in the 1980 feature movie Raging Bull and Robert Zemeckis's Beatlemania ensemble I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

Activism and attack


She was also known for raising public awareness of the crime of stalking, after surviving a murder attempt by an obsessed fan in 1982. The fan approached Saldana in front of her West Hollywood residence in broad daylight and stabbed her in the torso 10 times with a 5½-inch (14 cm) knife, nearly killing her.

A television movie, Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story was about the attack and was released in 1984 starring Saldana as herself.

Saldana died on June 6, 2016 from an illness at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, aged 61.[4]


  1. "A Rising Star Lives to Shine Again After a Near Fatal Knifing". People. 8 November 1982. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. "Theresa Saldana Biography (1954–)".
  3. Raging Bull actress Theresa Saldana dies. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. Cavassuto, Maria (June 7, 2016). "Theresa Saldana, Raging Bull and The Commish Star, Dies at 61". Variety. Retrieved June 7, 2016.

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