Thirteen years after he was acquitted of the murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, Robert Blake has married again. Blake’s third wife is 55-year-old Pamela Hudak, who has reportedly known Blake for decades and first dated him in the early nineties.
Hudak and Blake were spotted last month in a Beverly Hills Courthouse, where they filled out a marriage license application. When a reporter from TMZ asked the couple if they had already tied the knot, Blake, 83, nodded. This is Hukak’s first marriage, according to her recent ex-boyfriend, Richard Hendershot.
A jury found Blake not guilty of murdering Bakley in 2005. Blake and Bakley had just finished dining at Vitello’s Italian restaurant in the San Fernando Valley in 2001 when she was shot to death while sitting in the passenger seat of his car.
Prosecutors claimed that Blake killed Bakley because she had allegedly tricked him into getting her pregnant, and because he wanted to retain custody of their infant daughter, Rosie.
Blake has always maintained that after leaving the restaurant with Bakley, he realized that his gun had slipped out of his pocket into the booth where they were dining. He went back into the restaurant to retrieve it, also taking the time to drink a few glasses of water at the bar, and when he returned to the car where Bakley was waiting, she was already dead.
But over the years, rumors have swirled that the actor, who rose to fame in TV’s Baretta, had something to do with her death.
Who is Pamela Hudak?
She was described as an “actress and event planner” by CNN in an article about Blake’s trial — and says she has known Blake for decades.
Hudak has one IMDB credit under her name, for a 1984 movie called Windy City. According to Hendershot, Hudak also worked as a stand-in for actress Geena Davis.
“I am a highly organized, bohemian gypsy – due in great part to my Czech/Norwegian heritage,” Hudak’s LinkedIn profile reads. She states that her “years of tap & ballet, baton twirling, acting and performing on stage & screen; and a glamorous run as an international top model” led her to a career in event planning.
In another twist, Hudak actually testified on Blake’s behalf at his murder trial. She revealed that she had a two-month romantic relationship with the actor in 1991 and lived in his guesthouse in 1995 and 1997 “in exchange for light housekeeping.”
Hudak also gave evidence about Blake’s banking habits in an effort to refute the prosecution’s claim that Blake withdrew small sums of cash before the murder in order to pay a hit man.A stuntman had previously testified that Blake offered him $10,000 to kill his wife, and a detective testified that he found $10,000 in $100 bills in Blake’s dresser drawer during a search of the actor’s home.
But Hudak stated that during the time she worked for Blake, he had a habit of keeping large sums of money around the house due to the fact that he preferred to use cash. Hudak claimed that she had seen three-inch rolls of hundred-dollar bills and envelopes filled with cash in Blake’s dresser drawers.
Hudak described her relationship with Blake as a “dear, deep friendship” and said she had met Bonny Lee Bakley twice. The first meeting was in late 1999. Hudak testified that she rode with the couple to a gynecologist’s appointment, and said that the conversation during the car ride was “uncomfortable” due to the fact that Bakley talked about famous men she had had relationships with — including Christian Brando and Dean Martin.
Hudak told jurors that another meeting took place in the couple’s Studio City home during the fall of 2000 when Blake asked Hudak to watch baby Rosie. Hudak said that the baby “did not seem well,” that her skin appeared wrinkled and dehydrated, and that she had a “bad scalp condition and severe diaper rash.”
Today, Blake’s life is a far cry from the life he was living in his prime as a TV actor. After Blake’s acquittal, Bakley’s three children filed a civil suit arguing that Blake was responsible for their mother’s death. A jury ruled against Blake, and he was ordered to pay them $30 million. After filing for bankruptcy, he was later able to get the amount reduced to $15 million. The actor also owes millions of dollars in unpaid legal fees.
And in 2016, Blake revealed that he is incontinent and has to wear “rubber underwear.” According to Radar Online, Blake said that Hudak is also his nurse. “What would a beautiful woman like this want with a busted up, old, 82-year-old wreck of a cowboy?” Blake said in the video. “That’s what happens when you get old, and you have to have a nurse with you so you don’t have an accident.”
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Main photo: Pamela Hudak with Robert Blake [Inside Edition / YouTube (screenshot)]