Being an Oscar-winning actor with a zillion dollars (and a poreless face) ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Case in point: Sandra Bullock. Her stalker case has been all abuzz this week with the latest revelation that she came face to face with her accused stalker, Joshua Corbett, 39, in her home on June 8th. Corbett is said to have scaled a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire to get up close and personal with the Gravity actress.
Adding to the creepiness factor, Corbett reportedly had in his possession pictures of Bullock and several handwritten love notes, one of which read: "I will forever be thinking of you and (Bullock's son) Louie, my son, as you are my wife by law, the law of God and you belong to me and me to you."
As haunting and cray cray as these types of revelations are, celebrities and the stalkers who love-hate them isn’t anything new. In recent decades, one of the more seminal and tragic celebrity stalker cases you may recall is the murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer, from the 80s sitcom My Sister Sam. Her murder, by serial stalker Robert John Bardo in 1989, helped change laws to protect celebrities.
Here we take a look at some of the latest celebs whose stalkers have been a nightmare to their Hollywood dreams. Sure makes us grateful our faces aren’t slapped on a glossy!
Stalker: Margaret Mary Ray
Suffering from schizophrenia and erotomania, Margaret Mary Ray lived and breathed Dave Letterman for a decade starting in the late 80s. After refusing to pay a $3 dollar toll at the New York Lincoln Tunnel, Ray was caught taking Letterman’s Porsche for a spin...with her toddler son joyriding alongside her. She claimed the talk show host was her hubby and that her son was their son. For the next decade Ray would trespass on Letterman’s property over and over again until she went to prison in 1990. After being released and refusing to take her meds, Ray apparently felt Letterman was too down to earth for her and decided to stalk it up with astronaut Story Musgrave.
Stalker: Paula Goodspeed
“Hey baby! Ya got to remember, I’m Forever Your Girl…” Such were the appropriate lyrics to describe the mindset of Paula Goodspeed, Paula Abdul’s Superfan. Born as Sandra May McIntyre, Goodspeed was so obsessed with the pint-size pop star/choreographer that she changed her name to Paula at the age of 16 and dedicated the rest of her life to sound and dress like Abdul. In 2005 Goodspeed got to meet Abdul at an audition for American Idol but was quickly rejected by the judges. Feeling her voice wasn’t truly heard, Goodspeed parked her car in front of Abdul’s home and overdosed on prescription pills three years later. At the time of her death, authorities found a photo of the star inside her car and her license plate read: “ABL LV.”
Stalker: Dana Martin
Besides puberty, monkeys, the threat of deportation, and those oddball earnest faces he makes on the red carpet, The Biebs also has a stalker to add to his long list of issues. And lo and behold, the stalker isn’t a girl (which may be additionally humiliating) but rather a 45-year-old dude who goes by the name Dana Martin. So infatuated with the star, Martin started revealing his “Bieber on the Brain” tendencies by getting a tattoo of the pop star on his left leg. He started writing fan letters to Biebs, but when he received no response, he did what many stalkers would've done or fantasized doing: He planned on killing his unrequited love. In prison Martin hired a few inmates to carry out the deed—which included cutting off Biebs’s twin parts—but once the men left the clink, they apparently weren’t using Google Maps and accidentally drove to Canada. The police stopped them and discovered their sadistic plot.
Stalker: Dawnette Knight
Sliced and diced. Such were the sentiments of 33-year-old Dawnette Knight towards Catherine Zeta-Jones. Claiming she and Michael Douglas had had a secret affair and that he paid her off to keep quiet, Knight wrote 19 letters to the his famous wife between 2003 and 2004, threatening to kill her: "We are going to slice her up like meat on a bone and feed her to the dogs," read one of them. Knight also stated her plans on chopping Zeta-Jones to pieces “like Sharon Tate was.” Although the troubled woman showed remorse for her actions, Zeta-Jones gave her a piece of her mind in court. Calling her “evil,” the actress added, "You will never be famous, you will never be infamous, you are just a criminal." Knight was sentenced to three years in prison.
Stalker: Genevieve Sabourin
If you can get Alec Baldwin under the sheets, then expect fluffy “omelettes every morning” for the rest of your life. Genevieve Sabourin, a 41-year-old Canadian actress, claimed that this proclamation poured forth from Baldwin’s famous pursed lips after he allegedly romped around with her in 2012. The two actors met on the set of a film a decade prior, but Sabourin insisted they had recently caught up with each other, and that the “after hours party” ensued back in her hotel room. Sabourin sent numerous voicemails and emails to Baldwin proceeding their meeting. "I am less than 10 minutes away from you tonight. Say 'I do' to me," she wrote in one of her emails. In 2013 she was sentenced to 210 days in prison for various counts related to stalking Baldwin, as well as for contempt of court.