When Judith Barsi turned 10 years old in 1988, she already had a string of commercial, TV and film appearances under her belt. An upcoming Hollywood child star, she had worked on productions with famous actors and acclaimed directors. And after Judith had been cast in the big-budget animations All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Land Before Time, her career looked set to move up to the next level. But behind the scenes, the little girl and her mom experienced harrowing abuse and threats – and, sadly, their ordeal would ultimately end in horrific fashion.
Before Judith’s turbulent home life came to a head, however, she looked set for big things. The young actress’ TV and film career got off to a start in the mid-1980s with appearances in series including Jessie, Knots Landing and Kids Don’t Tell. And it wouldn’t be long before the child star was making a name for herself in internationally recognized shows – many of which remain well-known to this day.