Ex-actress and Miss Iceland 1974 Anna Bjornsdottir was the tipster who led the FBI to one of its most wanted men, Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, after 16 years on the run, the Boston Globe reports. Bjornsdottir, who was famous for Vidal Sassoon and Noxzema commercials, was at home in Iceland when she saw a CNN report on the FBI’s effort to track Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig. Bjornsdottir recognized them as her former neighbors in Santa Monica, Ca.
The FBI, which vowed confidentiality to the tipster, could take a hit if it turns out that the agency was involved in the leak, says the Boston Herald. The Herald says her background, photo, husbands, career and $2 million reward were detailed by the Globe, and she faces a global media frenzy. “They can't guarantee her 100 percent safety going forward,” said former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. “It's unnecessary publicity and unnecessary harassment.”