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Birth information

27 December 1975 San Diego, California, USA

Death information

1 February 1988 San Diego, California, USA

Given Name

Heather Michele O'Rourke

Nickname

Bernie
Heath

How tall is Heather O'Rourke?

1.42 m

Life Story of Heather O'Rourke

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name. "My name is Heather O'Rourke," she said. "But you're a stranger, and I can't talk to you". When her mother returned, the stranger introduced himself as Steven Spielberg. She failed her first audition when she laughed at a stuffed animal Spielberg presented her with. He thought she was just too young (she had just turned five), and he was actually looking for a girl at least 6 years old, but he saw something in her and asked her to come in a second time with a scary story book. He asked her to scream a lot. She screamed until she broke down in tears. The next day at the commissary, Spielberg told her and her family, "I don't know what it is about her, but she's got the job." She instantly became a star overnight and was easily recognized at her favorite theme park, Disneyland,...

Significant features of Heather O'Rourke

Her blonde hair
Widely known and referred to as the Poltergeist (1982) girl

How much money has Heather O'Rourke earned?

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) $75,000
Poltergeist III (1988) $140,000

What movies did Heather O'Rourke play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Poltergeist III (1988) Carol Anne Freeling, The New Leave It to Beaver (1987) Heather, Rocky Road (1987) Natasha, Our House (1987) Dana, Around the Bend (1986) The Daughter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) Carol Anne Freeling, Surviving (1985) Sarah Brogan, Finder of Lost Loves (1984) Jillian Marsh, Webster (1983) Melanie, Matt Houston (1983) Sunny Kimball, Happy Days (1983) Heather Pfister, CHiPs (1983) Lindsey, Massarati and the Brain (1982) Skye Henry, Poltergeist (1982) Carol Anne Freeling, Fantasy Island (1981) Liza Blake Aged 5,
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Birth information

27 December 1975 San Diego, California, USA

Death information

1 February 1988 San Diego, California, USA

Given Name

Heather Michele O'Rourke

Nickname

Bernie
Heath

How tall is Heather O'Rourke?

1.42 m

Life Story of Heather O'Rourke

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name. "My name is Heather O'Rourke," she said. "But you're a stranger, and I can't talk to you". When her mother returned, the stranger introduced himself as Steven Spielberg. She failed her first audition when she laughed at a stuffed animal Spielberg presented her with. He thought she was just too young (she had just turned five), and he was actually looking for a girl at least 6 years old, but he saw something in her and asked her to come in a second time with a scary story book. He asked her to scream a lot. She screamed until she broke down in tears. The next day at the commissary, Spielberg told her and her family, "I don't know what it is about her, but she's got the job." She instantly became a star overnight and was easily recognized at her favorite theme park, Disneyland,...

Significant features of Heather O'Rourke

Her blonde hair
Widely known and referred to as the Poltergeist (1982) girl

How much money has Heather O'Rourke earned?

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) $75,000
Poltergeist III (1988) $140,000

What movies did Heather O'Rourke play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Poltergeist III (1988) Carol Anne Freeling, The New Leave It to Beaver (1987) Heather, Rocky Road (1987) Natasha, Our House (1987) Dana, Around the Bend (1986) The Daughter, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) Carol Anne Freeling, Surviving (1985) Sarah Brogan, Finder of Lost Loves (1984) Jillian Marsh, Webster (1983) Melanie, Matt Houston (1983) Sunny Kimball, Happy Days (1983) Heather Pfister, CHiPs (1983) Lindsey, Massarati and the Brain (1982) Skye Henry, Poltergeist (1982) Carol Anne Freeling, Fantasy Island (1981) Liza Blake Aged 5,
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Heather O'Rourke and Bill Hader in The IMDb Show: "The IMDb Show" On Location: H

President of her class in the 5th grade.

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Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, and Craig T. Nelson in Poltergeist (1982)

Her mother claimed a wrong diagnosis was responsible for her death.

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Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, and Craig T. Nelson in Poltergeist (1982)

During all the horrors that proceeded while filming Poltergeist (1982), only one scene really scared her: 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, put her in his arms, and said that she would not have to do that scene again. (Cinefantasque, July 1988)

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

In real life, she loved to go shopping. But according to her mother Kathy, shopping with Heather was a tremendous effort. The girl had to have everything match, from shoes to earrings. She also loved to make and eat sweets, and was the student-body president at her school. For a pet, she had a St. Bernard. Her home life did not, ironically, include the viewing of certain films...particularly not horror films.

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Heather O'Rourke and JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist (1982)

Fellow cast members described Heather as having a calming influence on the set. They also described cast meetings with her: everyone would be quickly leafing through the script, while Heather was sitting calmly. Being able to memorize 60 pages of script an hour, she would have already memorized the entire script.

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Heather O'Rourke and JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist (1982)

During the filming of Poltergeist III (1988), she suffered flu-like symptoms. The symptoms were a result of congenital intestinal stenosis (blockage), which ultimately claimed her life.

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist III - Die dunkle Seite des Bösen (1988)

Performed from age 3 in numerous commercials before her Poltergeist (1982) role, most notably for Mattel and McDonalds. She started modeling in 1979 for Mattel "Tuff Stuff" Number Blocks.

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Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, etc.

She grew very close to director Gary Sherman while filming Poltergeist III (1988), and was very proud of the fact that she performed all her own stuntwork for this movie.

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Heather O'Rourke and Oliver Robins in Poltergeist II - Die andere Seite (1986)

Could read at age 5.

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist II - Die andere Seite (1986)

Never refused an autograph.

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Nancy Allen, Tom Skerritt, Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, etc.

Rests in a mausoleum next to Truman Capote and Mel Tormé.

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

Was a fraternal twin to an unborn baby brother.

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

Younger sister of actress Tammy O'Rourke.

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Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist (1982)

Her line, "They're here", ranked #69 on the 'AFI'S TOP 100 Movie Quotes' special which aired on CBS. She also holds the distinction of being the youngest (age 5 at the time) actor/actress to utter the line that made the list.

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Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, and Craig T. Nelson in Poltergeist (1982)

Some of her lesser known creative talents were calligraphy, drawing, baking, singing, and dancing.

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