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ju­dith Eva Barsi was the cutest thing on Amer­i­can TV in the 1980s.

With her brown eyes and dim­pled chin, she starred in films, ads and sit­coms, such as the hit se­ries Grow­ing Pains.

But, be­hind her cheeky smile, was a scared child, abused by her vi­o­lent fa­ther Jozsef

– a heavy-drink­ing, Hun­gar­ian im­mi­grant with a vile tem­per.

In 1984, a TV pro­ducer had spot­ted Ju­dith, then 5, at an ice rink. Within a year, her TV ap­pear­ances were mak­ing her around $100,000 (£71,000) a year.

But, as Ju­dith’s suc­cess grew, her dad’s tem­per – fu­elled by booze – grew, too. He strug­gled

to main­tain con­trol over his fa­mous daugh­ter.

When Ju­dith was film­ing Jaws: The Re­venge in 1987, she ar­rived on set with bruises on her face.

She started pluck­ing out her eye­lashes, as well.

In 1988, Ju­dith broke down at an au­di­tion. A child psy­chol­o­gist saw signs of abuse and so­cial ser­vices were con­tacted.

But they backed off, when Ju­dith’s mum Maria promised she’d leave Jozsef.

On 25 July 1988, Ju­dith, 10, was seen rid­ing her bike out­side her house.

But, that night, Jozsef shot her in the head as she slept, be­fore shoot­ing her mum. He set fire to their bodies be­fore tak­ing a call from Ju­dith’s agent. ‘I need some time to say good­bye to my lit­tle girl,’ he said, be­fore shoot­ing him­self. The fam­ily slaugh­ter shocked the world. Ju­dith’s last film

All Dogs Go To Heaven, was re­leased a few months later. The fi­nal cred­its song Love Sur­vives was ded­i­cated to Ju­dith’s mem­ory.

Her fi­nal movie

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