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Rebecca Schaeffer’s co-star Pam Dawber recalls her tragic 1989 murder: ‘I was so devastated’

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Rebecca Schaeffer’s co-star Pam Dawber recalls her tragic 1989 murder: ‘I was so devastated’

Pam Dawber is still coping with the loss of her former “My Sister Sam” co-star, Rebecca Schaeffer.

The actress, now 67, participated in a two-hour ABC “20/20” documentary airing Friday that details one of the first celebrity stalking cases that occurred almost 30 years ago.

Schaeffer’s father, former Los Angeles prosecutor Marcia Clark and other close friends of the late actress also came forward for the special, a clip of which was sent to Fox News.

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Schaeffer, a rising starlet known for her role on the hit sitcom alongside Dawber, was preparing to audition for a movie role in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” when her longtime stalker, an obsessed fan named Robert Bardo, traveled across state lines and shot her point blank at the door of her Los Angeles home.

Rebecca Schaeffer (right) with Pam Dawber in "My Sister Sam."

Rebecca Schaeffer (right) with Pam Dawber in “My Sister Sam.”
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Schaeffer died in 1989 at age 21.

Dawber, who found fame in “Mork & Mindy” alongside Robin Williams, described how she developed a close bond with Schaeffer when cameras stopped rolling. Dawber said she took Schaeffer under her wing after she was cast on “My Sister Sam” and even invited her to move into her Los Angeles home for a few months while she navigated her new life far away from New York City. At the time, Dawber was living with her then-boyfriend, actor Mark Harmon, whom she later married in 1987.

“We just kind of fell into this sisterly thing,” Dawber recalled. “Cause I’d had a sister. My sister passed when she was 22 and I was 25. And so having another young girl in the house was something I was very comfortable with. It was good for us. … [And] I was thrilled that she was getting to really, really enjoy… a big show biz life.”

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Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber.

Mark Harmon and Pam Dawber.
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Schaeffer went on to live on her own in a one-bedroom apartment in West Hollywood. Dawber said Schaeffer became “busy living her life and meeting people and having friends.”

“The one thing we did say to her, though: ‘You never put your real name on your mailbox, Rebecca.’… And she didn’t listen to that,” said Dawber.

According to Dawber, she experienced her own scare with a stalk who police believed was a man who sent letters to her pretending to be a young girl. Dawber said she never had her addresses on her driver’s license. “I always had my business manager’s address,” she said, “so that you can’t be found.”

“It’s like, ‘You’re on a hit show… we’re gonna go on this show for a while. Do not put your last name on that mailbox,’ and she did,” added Dawber.

Rebecca Schaeffer (second left) with her "My Sister Sam" cast mates.

Rebecca Schaeffer (second left) with her “My Sister Sam” cast mates.
(Courtesy of Danna Schaeffer)

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According to the documentary, Bardo said he first noticed Schaeffer when she appeared in a promo for “My Sister Sam” in 1986. He started watching the show and taping her other television appearances. He also sent her a slew of fan letters. After he received a reply, he was compelled to fly from Arizona to the Los Angeles studio where “My Sister Sam” was filmed in hopes of meeting Schaeffer.

He arrived with gifts for the actress on more than one occasion, but never got past studio security. He ultimately returned to Tucson.

After “My Sister Sam” was canceled in its second season in 1988, Schaeffer went on to pursue film roles. She appeared in the 1989 film “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills,” where she acted out a love scene. It infuriated Bardo.

Robert Bardo during his trial on Sept. 25, 1991 for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in Los Angeles, Calif. —  Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Robert Bardo during his trial on Sept. 25, 1991 for the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer in Los Angeles, Calif. —  Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Bardo then attempted to buy a gun but was turned away by the store owner due to his mental health issues. He then convinced his brother to purchase the weapon for him. According to the Los Angeles Prosecutor Rhonda Saunders, the sibling believed Bardo wanted it for target practice but told them he could only use the gun if the two of them were together.

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The documentary recounts that Bardo, along with his gun and hollow point bullets, Bardo boarded a bus from Tucson to Los Angeles for Schaeffer’s house. He received the address after hiring a private detective, who obtained it from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Schaeffer was waiting for a script of “The Godfather III” for her audition when Bardo rang her doorbell. When she opened the door, the crazed stalker showed her the card she had sent to him along with an autograph photo, gushing he was her biggest fan. Police said Schaeffer politely excused herself, explaining she was getting ready for an interview.

Rebecca Schaeffer (right) with Pam Dawber in "My Sister Sam."

Rebecca Schaeffer (right) with Pam Dawber in “My Sister Sam.”
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Bardo went to a nearby diner for a meal and then returned to her home. He claimed that this time, Schaeffer told him he was wasting her time. In response, he took out his handgun from his waistband and fatally shot her. She died later in the hospital.

Bardo returned to Tucson but was apprehended a day later, when he was found yelling that he killed Schaeffer.

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Dawber said she was filled with “rage” because Bardo somehow managed to get Schaeffer’s address so easily.

“Her parents were so… brilliant in the way they handled it,” Dawber said about Danna and Benson Schaeffer. “It’s almost like, ‘How did they survive it?’”

“I [had guilt] for years because I was so devastated, as everyone else was as well,” continued Dawber. “I thought of Rebecca every day of my life probably for about two years. But I couldn’t keep diving in… I almost had to let my relationship with her parents go. There’s something just so painful about the thought… I hadn’t spoken to them since her death and possibly funeral, and I have felt guilty about that for all those years.”

After Schaeffer’s death, Dawber made a PSA for gun control alongside her castmates from “My Sister Sam.” According to the documentary, she also testified before Congress and urged for “saner gun laws.”

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In 1989, the Los Angeles Police Department created the nation’s first team specializing in stalking investigations. In 1991, Bardo was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Rebecca Schaeffer's mother, Danna Schaeffer.

Rebecca Schaeffer’s mother, Danna Schaeffer.
(Owen Carey)

Then in 1994, California passed the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which prevents the Department of Motor Vehicles from releasing private addresses.

Schaeffer’s mother Danna went on to appear in a one-woman show in 2016 titled “You in Midair” about her experience losing Schaeffer.

In 2017, Danna told Fox News she wouldn’t call herself brave for pouring her grief on stage. However, she did hope her story would leave audiences with a simple message.

“I see parents who are disappointed in their [children] because they have expectations that the kids can’t live up to,” she said. “And I guess if they were to take something it would be to just admire their children for who they are and tell them so. Rebecca had the passion, energy and courage to pursue her talent.

“But even so, don’t ever suggest in thought, word or action that they have disappointed you. That’s one thing I think would be nice. [And] I’m so happy people are remembering Rebecca.”

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Pamela Anderson calls out charity fundraiser for donating to Notre Dame rather than kids in need

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Pamela Anderson is disappointed in one of France’s most decorated football clubs after a fundraiser for children in need ended up donating a significant sum of money to help rebuild the Notre Dame cathedral.

The iconic structure caught fire in Paris on April 15 in a blaze that was eventually ruled an accident. The cathedral’s 19th-century spire and two-thirds of the roof need extensive repairs. Since its partial destruction, nearly $1 billion has been raised to pay for the cost of construction, which Anderson believes is more than enough.

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The star attended a gala with her boyfriend, Adil Rami, a defender on the Olympique Marseille team. The soccer club organized a fundraiser for children in need, but Anderson was shocked to see that the largest item up for bid, which reportedly went for 100,000€ (about $111,400), helped fund the reconstruction of Notre Dame.

“Last night we attended @OM_Officiel annual Gala to help raise money for youth suffering in Marseille – full of good intentions. While raising a meaningful amount of € for a great cause,” the former “Baywatch” star wrote on Twitter. “Then 😳 ‘big surprise auction item’ came to raise money for rebuilding Notre Dame???”

She continued: Surely the children suffering in Marseille could have used the 100,000 € more than the church that has already received over a billion in donations by billionaires.”

A source close to Anderson told Fox News that reports the couple stormed out of the venue in disgust are untrue.

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“They didn’t storm out. They left after the dinner and auction,” the source said. “Adil was very generous and tried to buy almost everything, but then the biggest item came out for auction and they said this € would go to Notre Dame. OM Foundation is very generous each year, always giving back to the community of Marseille, so that was a shock. Pamela was very disappointed.”

The star concluded by urging the organization to reconsider where the funds will be allocated given that Notre Dame seems to already be in good hands. Experts estimate that the cost of rebuilding will be in the hundreds of millions, which has reportedly been raised.

“I hope they will reconsider and give to where it is needed. To the community here in Marseille where it was intended. And would go much further in making lives better,” she wrote.

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Representatives for the organization did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Rami Malek to play Bond villain in franchise’s 25th film next year

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(Reuters) – Oscar winner Rami Malek will play the international villain who Daniel Craig’s James Bond must battle in the British spy franchise’s 25th film set for release next year, the producers announced on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Daniel Craig poses for photographers as he attends the world premiere of the new James Bond 007 film “Spectre” at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, October 26, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Malek, 37, who drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of Queen front man Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year, will play Bond’s nemesis in the upcoming film, which goes by the working title “Bond 25,” producers said.

“I promise you all I will be making sure that Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this his 25th outing,” Malek said in a recorded announcement from New York that was aired as part of a webcast about the new movie.

The still untitled movie will be Craig’s fifth go-around as Britain’s most famous fictional secret agent, and will feature on-location scenes in Jamaica, the producers said in the webcast from the Caribbean island.

Actors who will reprise their roles alongside Craig in the 2015-released “Spectre” include Ralph Fiennes as M, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q and Rory Kinnear as Tanner, the producers said.

Other actors joining the “Bond 25” cast are Jeffrey Wright Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, Ana De Armas, David Dencik and LaShana Lynch, they said.

Producers had already announced that the movie, set for release next April, will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the man behind the first season of the U.S. drama “True Detective” and the Netflix comedy “Maniac.”

Among the trademarks of Bond movies are their exotic locations, beginning with Jamaica when the franchise was launched with “Dr. No” in 1962 and featuring the spy’s introduction to a bikini-clad Ursula Andress on an empty beach.

Jamaica, where Bond was created by novelist Ian Fleming, will again be among the locales for the upcoming film, along with Italy, Norway and London, the producers said.

“We consider Jamaica Bond’s spiritual home,” said Barbara Broccoli, one of the film’s producers.

The Bond franchise, based on the novels about the British secret agent who outsmarts international villains, overcomes certain death and charms glamorous women, first hit screens during the Cold War with Sean Connery as Bond.

Connery’s second appearance as Bond was in 1963 in “From Russia With Love.” He would go on to do five additional Bond movies.

Bond has also been played by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

Reporting by Peter Szekely; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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Charlize Theron channels ‘Game of Thrones’ character Sansa Stark

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Charlize Theron channeled her inner Sansa Stark in her latest red carpet look.

The actress donned a black pleated dress with sheer sleeves and a leather bodice at the Paris premiere for her new movie “Long Shot” on Wednesday.

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Actress Charlize Theron attends the "Long Shot" Premiere At Gaumont Opera Capucines on April 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

Actress Charlize Theron attends the “Long Shot” Premiere At Gaumont Opera Capucines on April 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)

The black getup was very similar to Sansa Stark’s new look in Season 8 of “Game of Thrones.” Sansa is played by British actress Sophie Turner.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in "Game of Thrones," left, and actress Charlize Theron.

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones,” left, and actress Charlize Theron.
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Turner made headlines herself earlier this week when she shared a raunchy response to the shocking Arya and Gendry sex scene from Season 8, Episode 2.

Turner took to her Instagram Stories on Sunday to react to the scene involving the characters played by Maisie Williams, 22, and Joe Dempsie, 31, that took many viewers by surprise and left some cringing. In Sunday night’s episode, 18-year-old Arya Stark lost her virginity to Gendry, her former travel partner who is the bastard son of late King Robert Baratheon.

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“In honor of Easter, I guess ‘Game of Thrones’ wanted the storyline to have a little Easter Bunny hop, hop, hoppin’ into that p—y, and that’s the tea,” Turner said in a video posted on her Instagram Stories.

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