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Heather O'Rourke (1975–1988)

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 ... See full bio »

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 1986-1987 The New Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
- Material Girl (1987) ... Heather
- Bad Poetry (1986) ... Heather
 1987 Rocky Road (TV Series)
- Moscow on the Boardwalk (1987) ... Natasha
 1987 Our House (TV Series)
- A Point of View (1987) ... Dana
 1986 Around the Bend (TV Movie)
The Daughter
 1985 Surviving (TV Movie)
Sarah Brogan
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Jillian Marsh
- Yesterday's Child (1984) ... Jillian Marsh
 1983 Webster (TV Series)
- Travis (1983) ... Melanie
- Second Time Around (1983) ... Melanie
- Katherine's Swan Song (1983) ... Melanie
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Sunny Kimball
- The Woman in White (1983) ... Sunny Kimball
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Fun House (1983) ... Lindsey
 1982 Massarati and the Brain (TV Movie)
Skye Henry
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Liza Blake Aged 5
- Elizabeth's Baby/The Artist and the Lady (1981) ... Liza Blake Aged 5
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Did a Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in August 1986; was part of a child actors' panel that answered phones to take viewers' donations. See more »

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4' 8" (1.42 m)

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I want to continue acting, but I want to be a director. I'd been thinking about it for a while. A couple of years ago, I decided it would be a different experience to work behind the camera. And I'd be able to work on scripts. But I like acting a lot. It's fun. You meet a lot of people. See more »


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) See more »


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