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Judith Barsi (June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988)

Judith Eva Barsi was born in Los Angeles. Her father, Jozsef and mother Maria both fled Communist Hungary after the 1956 Soviet occupation. As a child, Maria suffered psychological and physical abuse from her father. Shortly after the couple married, baby Judith was born. Maria began grooming her to be an actress. At age 5, Judith was discovered at a skating rink. Her first role was in Fatal Vision, playing toddler Kimbereley MacDonald. Judith went on to appear in more than 70 commercials or guest starring roles on TV. By the time she started fourth grade, Judith was earning $100,000 a year. Judith also appeared in Jaws: The Revenge and voiced Ducky in The Land Before Time and Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go To Heaven. (This was her final film role. Love Survives, the song that played over the end credits was dedicated to her memory.)

As Judith’s career took off, Jozsef became increasingly abusive, jealous, paranoid and his alcoholism worsened. He would routinely threaten to kill Maria, Judith and himself. On July 25, 1988, he made good on those threats. While Judith was sleeping, he shot her in the head. He then shot Maria. For the next two days he wandered around the house. He had a phone call with Judith’s agent and told him he intended to move out for good but he wanted to “say goodbye to my little girl.” Instead, he poured gasoline on Judith and Maria’s bodies and set them on fire. He then went into the garage and shot himself.

In 1992, using archival footage, Judith played a Young Carol in the episode, The Last Picture Show, Part 2.

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