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Creator: Heather O'Rourke
Heather O'Rourke (December 27, 1975 — February 1, 1988) was an American child actress from the 1980s.

Heather was born in San Diego, California. She was discovered at the age of five by director Steven Spielberg while eating lunch with her mother at the MGM commissary. Spielberg cast her as Carol Anne Freeling, a little girl abducted by ghosts in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist. She would go on to reprise the role of Carol Anne in the second and third installments. In addition to her roles in the Poltergeist film series, Heather also had a recurring role on Happy Days from 1982 to 1983, and made several television guest appearances.

Heather died on February 1, 1988 of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed congenital intestinal stenosis. She was only 12 years old. Her final film, Poltergeist III, was released on June 10, 1988, 4 months after her death, and was dedicated to her memory.

Tropes she exhibits

  • Adorably Precocious Child: A rare real life example.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Whenever Heather needed to cry in a scene, she'd think of something bad happening to her dog. Whenever she needed to be angry, she'd think about having a fight with her older sister.
  • Ill Girl: Throughout a good part of 1987, and in the days just before her untimely death. She was misdiagnosed as having Crohn's Disease, when in reality it was a congenital narrowing of her small intestine.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair reached at least down to her waist, sometimes even longer.
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