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Rebecca Schaeffer Height, Weight, Age, Death Cause, Family

Rebecca Schaeffer Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 53 kg
Date of Birth November 6, 1967
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Date of Death July 18, 1989

Rebecca Schaeffer was an American actor and model who started her career as a teen model and then branched out as an actor. During her short career span, she was cast in a variety of projects which include the likes of One Life to Live, Guiding LightThe End of Innocence, My Sister Sam, Amazing StoriesRadio DaysScenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly HillsOut of Time, and Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair. She was 21 years old when she was shot and killed by a 19-year-old obsessed fan who had been stalking her. Her murder helped prompt the 1990 passing of America’s first anti-stalking laws, including California Penal Code 646.9.

Born Name

Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer

Nick Name


Rebecca Schaeffer as seen while smiling in a press photo for the CBS sitcom 'My Sister Sam' in the 1980s
Rebecca Schaeffer as seen while smiling in a press photo for the CBS sitcom ‘My Sister Sam’ in the 1980s (CBS Network / eBay / Public Domain)


She was born on November 6, 1967.


On July 18, 1989, Rebecca Schaeffer was shot and killed by a 19-year-old fan named Robert John Bardo at her home in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, United States. She was 21 years old at that time.

Resting Place

Ahavai Sholom Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Eugene, Lane County, Oregon, United States


She resided in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, United States.





Rebecca Schaeffer studied at Lincoln High School, a public high school located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.

After that, she attended the Professional Children’s School (PCS) in New York City, New York.


Actor, Model


  • Father – Dr. Benson Schaeffer (Child Psychologist)
  • Mother – Danna (née Wilner) (A writer and instructor who taught at Willamette University and Portland Community College)
  • Siblings – She was an only child.




5 ft 7 in or 170 cm


53 kg or 117 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Rebecca Schaeffer dated –

  1. Brad Silberling (1987-1989) – She started going out with television and film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Brad Silberling in the year 1987. They were together until she was murdered in 1989 and his 2002 romantic drama film titled Moonlight Mile is loosely based on his bereavement following the murder of Rebecca Schaeffer.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Curly hair

Brand Endorsements

Rebecca Schaeffer was cast in department store catalogs and television commercials.


She was raised in a Jewish household.

Rebecca Schaeffer Facts

  1. She spent her childhood years growing up in Portland.
  2. Growing up, she initially aspired to become a rabbi. However, she eventually started modeling when she was in her junior year in high school.
  3. At the age of 16, Rebecca Schaeffer worked a summer in New York City with Elite Model Management in 1984 and then stayed in the city to pursue modeling with her parent’s permission.
  4. She faced height issues when she tried to pursue her modeling career further as she was considered too short (with a height of 5 ft 7 in or 170 cm) for high-fashion modeling. As her struggles to find work continued, she decided to shift to Japan in 1985 in hopes of finding more modeling jobs. However, she was again met with difficulties due to her height and weight and she then decided to return to New York City and focus on her career as an actor.
  5. She brought to life the character of Mandy Sue Lewiston on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light in 1985.
  6. Along with Pam Dawber, Jenny O’Hara, Joel Brooks, and David Naughton, Rebecca Schaeffer co-starred as Patricia “Patti” Russell (Samantha “Sam” Russell’s 16-year-old sister) in the CBS sitcom My Sister Sam from 1986 to 1988.
  7. After securing the role in My Sister Sam, she lived with her co-star Pam Dawber and Dawber’s husband Mark Harmon in Los Angeles.
  8. In 1987, she was cast as Communist’s Daughter in the comedy-drama film Radio Days.
  9. She co-starred as Zandra Lipkin (Clare and Sidney’s daughter) in the black-comedy film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills in 1989.
  10. Schaeffer posthumously appeared as Stephanie (18–25 years old) in the 1990 semi-autobiographical film The End of Innocence, starring Dyan Cannon and John Heard.

Featured Image by CBS Network / eBay / Public Domain

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