The Lifetime movie Girl in the Bunker is based on the true story of Elizabeth Shoaf, who is portrayed by Julia Lalone. On September 6, 2006, the 14-year-old girl was walking home from her school bus stop in Lugoff, South Carolina when she was stopped by Vinson Filyaw (who is portrayed by Henry Thomas), a man who claimed to be a police officer. The former construction worker was wearing a sheriff’s deputy uniform. He handcuffed her and put her in a 15-foot underground bunker. Filyaw was a fugitive sexual predator. He raped her repeatedly over her 10-day captivity. Remarkably, Elizabeth was found and rescued. (Filyaw was captured soon after and pleaded guilty to all counts. He was sentenced to 421 years in prison.) Elizabeth’s mother Madeline Shoaf is portrayed by Moira Kelly.
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Kelly is known for her roles on One Tree Hill (Kare Roe), The West Wing (Mandy Hampton), and in the films Little Odessa (Alla Shustervich), Chaplin (Hetty Kelly/Oona O’Neill Chaplin), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Donna Hayward), and the 1992 The Cutting Edge as figure skater Kate Moseley, among others. Or maybe you recognize her voice from the 1994 Disney hit The Lion King (as Nala). Girl in the Bunker premieres of Lifetime on Monday, May 28 at 8pm.