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Heather O'Rourke

Heather O'Rourke [3]

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Born:December 27, 1975
Died:February 1, 1988 (12)
Filmography Rating:7.55 / 10
IMDB Rating:5.91 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.77 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:65.77%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Poltergeist [1982](7) => Carol Anne Freeling
Poltergeist II: The Other Side [1986](11) => Carol Anne Freeling
Poltergeist III [1988](13) => Carol Anne Freeling

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Alice in Wonderland [1985]
  • Heather O'Rourke was offered the part of Alice, but she turned it down.
    Poltergeist [1982]
  • During all the horrors that proceeded while filming Poltergeist, only one scene really scared Heather O'Rourke: that in which she had to hold onto the headboard, while a wind machine blew toys into the closet behind her. She fell apart; Steven Spielberg stopped everything, took her in his arms, and said that she would not have to do that scene again.
    Poltergeist II: The Other Side [1986]
  • There is a supposed "Poltergeist Curse" surrounding the three films in the series. Actress Dominique Dunne was murdered by her boyfriend after finishing the first film. Actor Julian Beck died of stomach cancer after shooting the second film. Actress Heather O'Rourke died of a mystery case of intestinal stenosis shortly before completion of the third film. Also, many cast members' careers have suffered after appearing in the films.
    Poltergeist III [1988]
  • After filming of the scene where the cars chase Patricia and Bruce, the car's explosion set the entire set on fire, almost taking a crew member and a few cameras he was rescuing. When Heather O'Rourke showed up for filming the next day and heard about the incident from director Gary Sherman, she was relieved that no one was hurt. She then asked Sherman, "Did you get the shot?"
  • Heather O'Rourke (Carol Anne) and Zelda Rubinstein (Tangina) are the only two people to appear in all three Poltergeist films.