Heather O'Rourke
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Heather O'Rourke Biography.

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in San Diego, California. At a very young age(4 or 5) she was doing commercials, but her true discovery was something you'd only expect to happen in a dream. One day when Heather was five years old, she was eating lunch at MGM Studios with her mother, Kathleen, and sister, Tammy, who had just finished shooting something for MGM. Who other should walk by than Steven Spielberg, who just happens to be looing for the perfect child to play a starring role in his upcoming film, "Poltergeist," which is, now, considered THE classic ghost story, practically impossible to hear the word Poltergeist, not even in context of movies, without immediately thinking of the film's little star. But anyway, Heather caught Spielberg's eye, and he walked up to ask this lovely, angellic-looking child her name. Her response: She couldn't talk to strangers! But she got permission to speak with him, but it was apparent that she was more interested in eating than talking with Mr. Spielberg. Unfortunately, she initially failed the screen test for the film. But Spielberg gave her a second shot and she landed the immortal role of "Carol Anne Freeling" in the now classic film, co-starring JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, and Zelda Rubinstein, charming hearts around the world with her cute lines and adorable face. Soon after her success from Poltergeist, she got a season-long role as Heather Pfister in the now classic sitcom, "Happy Days." Then she got various television guest starring roles in such shows as "Still the Beaver," "Our House," and "ChIpS," and roles in two television movies, "Massarati and the Brain(In which her appearance is only a few seconds long, surprisingly)" and the teen suicide drama "Surviving," this time in a much bigger part, opposite Ellen Burstyn and teen-idol Molly Ringwald. Then, in 1986, Brian Gibson hired her to play opposite Williams, Nelson, and Rubinstein again in the sequel "Poltergeist II: The Other Side," now known as, simply, "Poltergeist II." Heather found this movie to be... not a bad movie or anything, but she thought it was, well, boring and not scary compared to its predecessor. But she liked her next film, the inevitable "Poltergeist III," this time with a whole new set of co-stars, with herself and Rubinstein being the only returning stars. Her new co-stars were Tom Skerritt(Alien), Nancy Allen(Carrie) and the then-new Lara Flynn Boyle. She found this movie to be the best in the series.

Unfortunately, she would never get to see it, and the movie would be soon tinged with sadness. During post-production of the movie, Heather woke up on January 31, 1988, in the middle of the night, claiming that she didn't feel well. She woke up the next morning and was about to leave for school when she fainted. She was rushed to the E.R., and an emergency surgery was conducted in a desperate attempt to save the child's life. But sadly, the doctors were too late to catch the
previously undetected intestinal blockage, which claimed the star's life. Heather died at 2:43, on February 1, 1988, on the operating table. She is sorely missed by thousands or more around the world, but she lives on in the hearts of many fans, such as myself, and friends and family. To visit her official website, go to www.heatherorourke.net or go to her forum at heatherorourke.net/forum , where many of her fans discuss their feelings and beliefs on Heather. And they, including me, will never forget the one and only, Heather Michele O'Rourke. Rest in peace, angel

Dec. 27, 1975 - Feb. 1, 1988

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