Heather O'Rourke – MovieActors.com
O'Rourke in POLTERGEIST.
About Heather O'Rourke (1975 – 1988)
Heather O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in San Diego, California. Heather passed away On February 1, 1988 in San Diego, California from cardiopulmonary arrest.
Tammy O'Rourke is Heather O'Rourke's sister, Tammy had an uncredited role in the 1982 musical ANNIE playing one of the Dancer/Orphans.
Starting at the young age of 3, Heather O'Rourke was in several commercials for companies like Mattel and McDonalds.
"They're here" was the line that made her a star , that has been one of the best one liners ever. This also ranked #69 on CBS TV special AFI'S TOP 100 Movie Quotes.
To everyone's shock, Heather O'Rourke suffered cardiac arrest at the young age of 12. Some people say it was due to a misdiagnosis of an illness and others say it was the curse of the POLTERGEIST series.
Other than being a huge star, Heather O'Rourke was very proud of her 1985 class election for student body president of her 5th grade.
Playing Carol Anne Freeling, Heather O'Rourke became a star in the series POLTERGEIST starting in 1982, then taking the same role for the next two movies in the series; POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE in 1986 and her last movie POLTERGEIST III in 1988.
Sadly Heather O'Rourke passed away while on a break from filming POLTERGEIST III, a blonde stand in was used to complete the movie. This was O'Rourke's final movie, it was also dedicated to her memory.
According to Cinefantastique in July 1988 Heather O'Rourke had one scene that really scared her in the 1982 movie POLTERGEIST. Steven Spielberg stopped everything to comfort young O'Rourke telling her she would not have to do that scene again. The scene that scared her so bad was when she had to hold onto the headboard, while a wind machine blew toys into the closet behind her.
Heather O'Rourke was on several TV episodes including hit shows like FANTASY ISLAND, CHIPS, WEBSTER, OUR HOUSE, and STILL THE BEAVER.
Heather O'Rourke's notable movie credits include...
POLTERGEIST III: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1988)
POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE (1986)
Heather O'Rourke in POLTERGEIST (1982).