Heather O'Rourke
Actor
Heather O'Rourke
Heather O'Rourke was an American child actress who played Carol Anne Freeling in the Poltergeist film trilogy and made several television guest appearances. Born in San Diego, O'Rourke also died there in 1988 due to medical error.
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"Miasto Boga" i "Mój Nikifor" - Gazeta Wyborcza
Google News - over 5 years
Duchy zaczynają kontrolować zachowanie córeczki Steve'a i Diane - Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke). Zrozpaczeni rodzice muszą uwolnić dziewczynkę od mocy demonów. Kontaktują się ze znanym medium. Film otrzymał trzy nominacje do Oscara - za efekty
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'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' triggers unintentional laughs as well as scares - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Evil spirits, that is, who kidnap a 5-year-old girl (Heather O'Rourke) from her family's home in this special-effects showcase co-written by Steven Spielberg, featuring Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. At a dinner party, embattled Sally (Bailee
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Home, scary home: Creepiest movie houses - msnbc.com
Google News - over 5 years
You wouldn't want to star in the movie, either, since several people associated with the film died young — including stars Dominique Dunne (murdered by ex-boyfriend) and Heather O'Rourke (just 12 when she died during surgery). The house Micah and
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Blestem la Hollywood - Gazeta de Sud
Google News - over 5 years
Este vorba de Dominique Dunne (Dana Freeling), sugrumutată de logodnicul gelos, care nu dorea să fie părăsit, Heather O'Rourke (Carol Ann Freeling), care în 1987 sa îmbolnăvit de boala Crohn, iar în 1988 a decedat, Will Simpson (Taylor, un spirit bun)
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Surprisingly Low Tech FX in Modern Horror - HorrorMovies.ca
Google News - over 5 years
After dismissing this as something silly that Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke) did, she turns to get something from below the sink the camera follows her. As we come back to the kitchen table with here only a second later, all the chairs have all
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Poltergeist: terror universal - CanalTCM (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Entre los fallecidos se cuentan la protagonista Heather O'Rourke, Dominique Dunne, la hermana mayor, Julian Beck, el que hacía de sacerdote en la segunda parte y Will Sampson, un hechizero también de la segunda parte. Además, de algunos integrantes del
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11 películas de los 80 que se merecen un 'remake' - Revista Cinemania
Google News - over 5 years
Sin embargo, las muertes de Dominique Dunne (estrangulada por su novio) y de la pequeña protagonista Heather O'Rourke (fallecida tras el rodaje de la tercera entrega, con apenas 11 años), entre otras desgracias, generaron a su alrededor una
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A 35 años de "La Profecía": ¿qué pasó con Damien, el protagonista? - El Comercio.pe
Google News - over 5 years
Todo cambia cuando Carol Anne, interpretada por Heather O'Rourke, contacta a los espíritus que hay en la casa a través de la televisión. En definitiva Heather se llevó todos los aplausos. Su rostro angelical y sus expresivos ojos azules cautivaron,
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The Creepiest Kids to Haunt the Screen - Jakarta Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Those words spoken by the angelic Heather O'Rourke can strike dread into audiences' hearts. When she gets sucked into the spirit dimension, her voice — desperate yet fearsome — is heard through the TV. It gets worse when the little girl comes under
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One story of problems at school - Worcester Telegram
Google News - over 5 years
Yet this is the allegation being made by the child's mother, Heather O'Rourke, a parent at the Spirit of Knowledge Charter School at 10 Irving St. Another parent wrote a statement to the school's board of trustees corroborating Ms. O'Rourke's
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Poltergeist remake maakt eerste stappen - Filmtotaal
Google News - over 5 years
Ze zullen volgens mij ook niet zo gauw een 'nieuwe' Heather O`Rourke vinden. Poltergeist, een absolute klassieker!!! Heb ineens weer zin de hele trilogie te gaan bekijken! En je hebt absoluut een punt met dat Heather O`Rourke onvervangbaar is,
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Nearly 3 Decades Later, Where Does Poltergeist Stand Among Hollywood Horror? - Movieline
Google News - over 5 years
It would be years before I really dug into its legend: the premature deaths of castmates Heather O'Rourke (from cardiac arrest due to septic shock at age 12) and Dominique Dunne (strangled by a jealous ex-boyfriend at age 22); the fraught power
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Intrigantes versiones sobre la muerte de varios famosos - Primera Hora
Google News - almost 6 years
Súbitas muertes como la de Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson, Heather O'Rourke, John F. Kennedy y su hijo John John, Lady Di y Anna Nicole Smith son tan sólo algunas de las que continúan cubiertas por un manto de
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Las 10 películas malditas en Hollywood - Agencia Carabobeña de Noticias
Google News - almost 6 years
Y Heather O'Rourke murió de choque séptico a los 12 años. Muere el actor Brandon Lee (hijo de Bruce Lee). Perdió la vida durante el rodaje tras ser tiroteado en una escena. En lugar de recibir una bala de salva, una bala real perforó su cuerpo y lo
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NYTimes - over 11 years
BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES--Activated OF B.J. Surhoff from the 15-day DL. Placed RHP Jason Grimsley on the 15-day DL. Added RHP James Baldwin to the roster. Optioned 1B Alejandro Friere to Bowie of the Eastern League. CHICAGO WHITE SOX--Sent RHP Matt Smith outright to Charlotte of the IL. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association
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MOVIES THIS WEEK
NYTimes - over 20 years
WITH special effects so routine these days, it's fascinating to see the impact they have on four outstanding older movies this week. Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg, master of big, hungry critter and other phenomena you want to stay clear of, has a hand in two of the films. Most recently, of course, there were the carnivores of ''Jurassic
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Review/Film; 'They're He-eere!' Again
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: ''Poltergeist III'' is made much ghostlier by the death last February of its 12-year-old star, Heather O'Rourke, than by anything that happens on the screen. The setting this time is an impersonally modern high-rise building complex in Chicago, where little Carol Anne (Miss O'Rourke) has been packed off to live with her Uncle Bruce (Tom
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Heather O'Rourke
    TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 12
    On May 25, 1988, Sanford M. Gage, the O'Rourke family attorney, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego.
    More Details Hide Details O'Rourke had been seen by doctors at Kaiser since birth, and the suit claimed that they failed to properly diagnose her long-standing small-bowel obstruction: had they not simply treated her for Crohn's disease with prescription drugs, she could have had a period of remission by means of a major bowel surgery; and this misdiagnosis caused O'Rourke's death. Kaiser Permanente spokeswoman Janice Seib responded: "We have reviewed the case extensively, and we believe that the diagnosis and the course of action taken by our physicians was entirely appropriate. It's a very complex case, complicated by a number of factors, and not given to any simple answers." The case went to arbitration and was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. O'Rourke's death complicated Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's marketing for her last work, Poltergeist III, out of fear of appearing to be exploiting her death. Tom Skerritt and Nancy Allen, O'Rourke's co-stars, were discouraged from giving interviews about the film to avoid questions about her death. O'Rourke died four months before the theatrical release of Poltergeist III, which was dedicated to her memory.
    O'Rourke was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on February 5, 1988.
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    On January 31, 1988, O'Rourke suddenly became ill again, vomiting and unable to keep anything in her stomach.
    More Details Hide Details The next morning she collapsed while preparing to leave for the hospital and her stepfather called paramedics. O'Rourke suffered a cardiac arrest en route to the hospital, and after resuscitation she was airlifted by helicopter to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she died later that day. Speaking to reporters, O'Rourke's manager David Wardlow initially announced that it was believed she died of influenza. However, hospital spokesman Vincent Bond announced that O'Rourke died during surgery to repair an acute bowel obstruction (caused by congenital stenosis of the intestine) complicated by septic shock; this report was corroborated by the San Diego County coroner's office on February 3, two days after her death. Later reports changed the specific cause of death to cardiac arrest caused by septic shock brought on by the intestinal stenosis.
  • 1987
    Age 11
    O'Rourke became ill in early 1987 and was misdiagnosed by doctors at Kaiser Permanente Hospital as having Crohn's disease.
    More Details Hide Details She was prescribed prednisone to treat the disease, which caused her cheeks to appear puffy and large.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 9
    In the television movies Massarati and the Brain and 1985's Surviving: A Family in Crisis, she played Skye Henry and Sarah Brogan, respectively.
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  • 1983
    Age 7
    In April 1983 she starred as herself alongside Morey Amsterdam and well-known Walt Disney animated characters in the hour-long television special, Believe You Can... and You Can!
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in CHiPs, Webster, The New Leave It to Beaver, Our House, and had a recurring role on Happy Days as Heather Pfister.
  • 1982
    Age 6
    After her work in 1982's Poltergeist, O'Rourke secured several television and TV movie roles.
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  • 1981
    Age 5
    Kathleen and Michael divorced in 1981, and O'Rourke's mother married truck driver James A. "Jim" Peele in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details After her parents' divorce, O'Rourke rarely saw her birth father and called her stepfather "Dad". Before O'Rourke began acting, the family lived in a trailer park in Anaheim. Her success later allowed the family to purchase a home in Big Bear Lake, California. In between acting jobs, O'Rourke attended Big Bear Elementary School where she was president of her class. At the time of her death, the family was living in Lakeside, California. In a contemporary interview with American Premiere magazine, producer Steven Spielberg explained that he was looking for a beatific' four-year-old child every mother's dream" for the lead in his 1982 horror film Poltergeist. While eating in the MGM commissary, Spielberg saw five-year-old Heather O'Rourke having lunch with her mother while older sister Tammy was shooting Pennies from Heaven. After his lunch, Spielberg approached the family and offered O'Rourke the Poltergeist role; she was signed the next day, beating Drew Barrymore, who was up for the role.
  • 1975
    Born
    Heather O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975, in San Diego, California, to Kathleen and Michael O'Rourke.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother worked as a seamstress and her father was a construction worker. She had an older sister, Tammy.
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