Judith Eva Barsi, an American famous child actress, was born on June 6, 1978, as the only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko. Judith was discovered at a skating rink in the San Fernando Valley in 1983, when she was mistaken for a three-year-old.

Judith Eva Bars made her film debut as Kimberley MacDonald in Fatal Vision. She appeared in over seventy commercials, the first of which was for Donald Duck Orange Juice. In addition to her work on television, where she appeared in a number of series, she also appeared in a number of films, including Jaws: The Revenge, and provided the voices of Ducky in The Land Before Time and Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Judith Eva Barsi
Judith Eva Barsi

She began receiving hormone injections at UCLA at the age of 10 because she was short for her age (she stood 3 ft 8 in (1.12 m) at the time). Her diminutive stature led casting directors to cast her as children much younger than her actual age. Her agent told The Los Angeles Times that “she was still playing 7, 8” when she was ten.

Her mother, Maria, was a Hollywood starlet who went to great lengths to ensure her daughter had a normal, happy childhood. This carefree childhood, however, did not last long. Beginning in 1985, Judith’s father, Jozsef, was always home drunk rather than working as a plumber, and he refused to allow his wife, Maria, to work. As a result, the family was briefly on welfare before Judith’s career took off in 1986 and 1987.

Judith Eva Barsi

Judith was earning an estimated $100,000 per year by the time she started fourth grade, allowing her family to purchase a three-bedroom house in West Hills, Los Angeles.

As her career progressed, her father became a harsh recluse who constantly threatened to kill his wife and daughter. His alcoholism worsened, prompting the police to charge him with drunk driving three times.

Maria reported his dangers and physical violence toward her to authorities in December 1986, but because the police found no physical signs of abuse, she agreed not to press charges against him. József Barsi reportedly stopped drinking after this incident with authority, but he continued to threaten Maria and Judith. His numerous warnings included cutting their throats and setting fire to the house. Even after he stopped drinking, the violence and abuse continued, with Judith telling a friend that her father threw pots and pans at her, giving her a nosebleed. As a result of her father’s abuse, Judith began to exhibit unusual behavior, such as pulling out her hair, plucking out her brows and eyelashes, and plucking out her cat’s whiskers.

Judith Eva Barsi

After crying in front of her agent during a singing audition for All Dogs Go to Heaven, Judith was taken to a child psychologist by her mother Maria, who observed serious physical and emotional abuse and reported her findings to Child Protective Services. The investigation was dropped after Maria persuaded the caseworker that she intended to file for divorce against József and that she and her daughter would relocate to a Panorama City flat she had recently rented from him as a daytime haven. Friends encouraged her to carry out the strategy, but she did not.

Judith Eva Barsi was last seen riding her motorcycle on July 25, 1988. That same evening, József went to Judith’s bedroom and placed a.25 calibre pistol behind her ear while she slept, killing her at close range in her bed. He then shot and killed his wife Maria in the hallway as she ran to help her daughter.

He spent the next two days walking around the house before telling Judith’s agent that he was leaving for good and just needed time to “say goodbye to my little girl.” He then proceeded to pour gasoline on Judith and Maria’s bodies and set them on fire. He went to the garage after incinerating the bodies and shot himself in the head with a.32 calibre pistol.

On August 9, 1988, she was ten years old, and her mother Maria was laid to rest at Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

All Dogs Go to Heaven, Judith’s final film in which she provided the speaking voice of Anne-Marie, was released in November 1989. The end credits song “Love Survives” was written in her honour.

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