Heather Michele O'Rourke
  • 12 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 27, 1975
  • Place of birth:
    Santee, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 1, 1988
  • Place of passing:
    San Diego, California, United States
The One and Only Carolanne Freeling you are loved and Missed more then you will ever know Darling Heather Michele rest easy now sweet girl Heather FOREVER!!

Heather O'Rourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988) was an American child actress. 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 in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist. She would go on to reprise the role in the second and third installments.

In addition to her roles in the Poltergeist series, O'Rourke also had a recurring role on Happy Days from 1982 to 1983, and made several television guest appearances. She died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosisin February 1988.

O'Rourke was born in San Diego, California to Kathleen and Michael O'Rourke. Her mother worked as a seamstress and her father was a construction worker. She had an older sister, Tammy. Kathleen and Michael divorced in 1981, and O'Rourke's mother married truck driver James A. "Jim" Peele in 1984. 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, director 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.




Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mike Veis on 2nd February 2017

"On this day, Heather left us to be with the Lord. Perhaps the following scriptures may offer comfort.
Blessed are they that mourn : for they shall be comforted.
(Matthew 5:4)
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you : not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(John 14: 18, 27.
May our Heavenly Father comfort us and bless us with peace to know that Heather is well and waiting for us all as she will soon be reunited with her family for time and all eternity.
In the Holy name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen."

This tribute was added by Mike Veis on 28th January 2017

"It's been 29 years since her passing and I still mourn her death. I recently watched Poltergeist and loved her performance. When I first saw it almost 30 years ago, I was so deeply moved by her sweet innocence. She literally stole my heart. When I heard of her passing, I think I cried off and on the whole day. She was a very sweet and beautiful little angel. May our Heavenly Father continue to comfort us all and may you know that her separation from us is still only temporary. You and your family will one day be reunited with her and you be with her for all time and eternity. I testify to the truth of this in the name of our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST. Amen."

This tribute was added by Jeremy Seckman on 19th January 2016

"heather o,rouke i haven;t forgotten about you i think of you i love you very very much in the kind of my heart i will always love. your a human being im so sorry you were very sick god bless you. are precious a little girl i miss acting"

This tribute was added by Leon Donald on 3rd October 2015

"Heather my darling three decade love and counting..I will forever be bound by my eternal almost life long love for u.
Everyday u are in someway in my thoughts, but at the begining and ending of each thought is my purest of love for u heather..It drives me through each and every day.
Forever will my bond of love and connection to u beam stronger than any bright ray of light...
I will always love u heather...My unmatched true love just for u heather..heather michele orourke.
Your memory stays strong forever more...
Love u dearly heather more and more.
                                                                    Sfanleon ×××"

This tribute was added by Kira Atkinson on 6th September 2015

"Darling Heather Michele  you are Loved & Missed more then your will ever know Little Girl Miss you as always  Love You <3"

This tribute was added by Kira Atkinson on 19th August 2015

"Thinking of you just did some editing of your website Heather all your fans miss you little girl Rest Easy sweet girl the one and only Carolanne R.I.P Heather O'Rourke"

This tribute was added by Ryan Alexander on 5th August 2015

"I wish this girl was still a round how are sorry I'm known her    I feel bad for her parents who lost a little girl from 1988  I need her with me. I hope her mother is ok over this her pal is gone. God will lead this girl
To the light. I'm not that demo. God bless her family in San Diego California.  I feel sorry for them.  Come in my life heather young lady be with me in sprit her fan. & best friend she is Dal.   I love u heather"

This tribute was added by David White on 4th August 2015

"Heather, honey. Your smile would light up any room. Everyone absolutely loves you. Forever and always remembered."

This tribute was added by Renata Kovacs on 4th August 2015

"I love you sweet Heather <3 I'll remember you forever, you live on in my heart."

This tribute was added by Robert Vladich,Jr on 2nd August 2015

"My Dear Heather Your Death has given me So Much Life....For you to pass on at the tender age of 12 Shows me how short and Precious Life still is and How to Enjoy These Precious Moments on Earth I Still Remember You and You're Death gives Me Strength in Life Thank You for Touching Our Hearts as the Character of Carol Anne Freeling and Forever in Our Hearts You'll Be We Love You Ms Heather Rest Peacefully in the Arms of Jesus for All Eternity"

This tribute was added by Kira Atkinson on 2nd August 2015

"Sweet Angel Heather , I haven't forgotten about you darling i have been busy with daily life i would never ever forget about you are on my mind everyday and tuck safely in my Heart i miss you so much little girl i see you sometimes in my dreams at night I Love You Precious Angel"

This tribute was added by Kira Atkinson on 29th March 2015

"Heather , I haven't forgotten about you I think of You everyday I love You Little Girl R.I.P Little Girl"

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