Transcript for Rebecca Schaeffer's mother chronicles actress' life in show 'You in Midair': Part 11
I thought of Rebecca every day of my life probably for two years. But I couldn't keep diving in, and I almost had to let my relationship with her parents go. And until this request to participate in this came up, I hadn't spoken to them since her death, and possibly her funeral. And I had felt guilty about that for all those years. So I spoke to both Benson and Danna. And they're just wonderful people. And they're together and they've found a way to navigate through this. It's now been 30 years since Rebecca Schaeffer's death. The idea that she might still be alive in people's hearts, the idea that who she was as she walked on the Earth is still remembered, I think is a powerful thing for many survivors. Danna Schaeffer, Rebecca Schaeffer's mom, has always been a writer. And just a few years ago wrote a one-woman show about her daughter called "You in midair." 1989 begins beautifully. Rebecca's now 21 and she ia working actor in Hollywood. She co-starred in a sitcom for two years called "My sister Sam." She talks about her daughter, her daughter's life, and her daughter's murder in a candid and very emotionally affecting way. It was, from my point of view, a way of keeping Rebecca alive in some way. Mrs. Schaeffer, I have terrible news. This morning Rebecca was shot and killed. Danna is super brave, to produce and perform in her show. She does an amazing job. She wanted to do it, and I think that she needed to do it. We throw things into suitcases we were crying so hard. We can't see what we're doing. Kleenex is no match for these tears. We use dish towels. You know that she would've contributed mightily. She couldn't wait to have children of her own and a career. I don't know how her parents bear it. She is forever fixed in our mind as the beautiful 21-year-old. Every time we see a picture of her, she's young and lively and fresh. But that's not how life works. We miss her perhaps as an those who loved her will always miss her as a person and for the unexplored potential that she as a human being had. Hollywood lost a rising star, and the world lost an angel.
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