I saw her mentioned in the Pretty in Pink thread and was surprised to read she had died in 1985. She was only 23. I remember her from TV, especially when she guest starred on The Facts of Life. She had an unusual, hard, white-trash look, but she was Jewish in real life. Her dad was a doctor. %0D\
How did she die?
Some years back, I watched some tv documentary about the "PIP" cast, and Jon Cryer said they were all stunned when they found out she''d died. I think the story was that she was killed by her then boyfriend.
Wasn''t she a diabetic and it was something to do with that?\
I remember she was hilarious in a John Guare play called LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY at the Public Theater. I think she would have really hit her stride in acting when she hit her 30''s, most likely in sitcoms.
She played Bette Davis''s granddaughter in a TV movie, the name of which escapes me.
She was a nobody, next! Who the fuck cares she''s been dead 30 years alread. What about Kim from "Heathers?" "Corn nuts!"
She wasnt a nobody,she was somebody.she was someone's daughter,sister,friend,and a child star actress...what a horrible thing to have happen,,even if it was year's ago...
Did not know one of the Heathers died. Sounds like a fairly sad story, too (brain tumor).
It was Dana Hill who was a diabetic. I don't think Alexa Kenin was.
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I did a google search and on findagrave.com it states that she was found beaten to death in her New York apartment.
On September 10, 1985, shortly after production on her last film wrapped, she was beaten to death in her New York apartment. One theory holds that she was killed by her [ex-]boyfriend; another is that she was killed by a fan she had refused to speak to.
Probably drugs. See link
Read the newest post on her IMDB page
"Pretty in Pink" was dedicated to Alexa Kenin, who died shortly after wrapping the film in 1985. At first the cast was told that she died of complications related to asthma, but it eventually came out that she was killed in her apartment by an ex-boyfriend. She was 23
Charlotte Coleman was supposed to have died of asthma, too. Maybe she was also beaten.
How the fuck could any medical examiner mistake being beaten to death for an asthma attack or OD???
She kissed a doll and then she died.
There are absolutely no reliable references to be found referring to her being murdered. Not one news story on a murder, trial, conviction, etc.
Where did you see that a medical examiner first said it was asthma then said it was a homicide?
Neither R15 nor the link say that. Both say that when the cast first got the news they heard it was an asthma attack. It is not going to be the medical examiner who goes carries the message.
Often the cause of death is held back out of consideration for friends and family, or because there is an ongoing police investigation.
For one thing, if this was the next work day, the police probably were running some background checks on her fellow workers -- the cast. Of course when cops start asking questions, the truth is going to get out pretty quick.
R20, I referenced the various comments in this THREAD. Read them. I questioned how they're all contradictory.
I was just watching the movie and started googling for locations and found out about this tragedy. How sad....she would have been more successful than Molly Ringwald,seeing that she suddenly stopped doing movies.
I knew her personally. She died from a heroin overdose. I called her apartment the day she was found, and her father answered the phone. "Is Alexa there?", I asked. Her father replied, "My daughter's dead with a needle in her arm, what do you want?". I knew she dabbled in heroin, using it once a month or so before she died.
I went to high school with Dana Hill. We were good friends. I used to drive her home sometimes after school. Despite her many ailments, she was always good humored.
I lived next store to Kim Walker and .....
NAH !! I just wnated to join in with R23 & R24.