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PJ Soles (Pamela Jayne Soles)

  1. Sissy Spacek, Carrie, 1976.  There would be  other Carries later on stage and screen (and almost a TV series) but none had the Spacek magic. Stephen King’s kinetic heroine was 16 and yet the candidates ranged from Linda Blair avoiding any more Exorcists at 17, Melanie Griffith (Tippi Hedren’s daughter and De Palma’s 1984 Body Double) and Theresa Russell, both 19 -  to Glenn Close, 29, and Farrah Fawcett and Jill Clayburgh…  at 32!  Betsy Slade was director Brian De Palma’s earliest choice, then her 1973 Our Time co-star Pamela Sue Martin, then Amy Irving (who wed his pal, Steven Spielberg).  Sondra Locke’s agent told her to pass. Also seen: Catherine Hicks, Anjelica Huston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Jessica Lange, Kay Lenz, ex-MGM kid actor Terri Nunn, Bernadette Peters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, PJ Soles, the unknown Meryl Streep (!), Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Dianne Wiest (future Oscar-winner for two of her five Woody Allen films), Cindy Williams, Debra Winger. Sissy knew director DePalma (hubby Jack Fisk was his art director), she was seriously pissed that she’d only been offered Sue or Chris and not The Role.  Fisk persuaded him to test her and she blew the opposition away. Sissy was 25. Yet, absolutely perfect! Fledgling film-makers De Palma and George Lucas held joint  auditions for Carrie and for Princess Leia, Lucas chose another Carrie…  
  2. Carrie Fisher, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope,  1976.
  3. Daryl Hannah. Splash, 1983.         A mermaid - moi?!   That’s what they all said, more or less. Except Debra Winger who longed to be Madison. (Director Ron Howard did not agree).  “They all” were… PJS (due as Bill Murray’s mer-lover), Rosanna Arquette, Jodie Foster (she was booked into The Hotel New Hampshire), General Hospital soap queen Genie Francis, Melanie Griffith, Diane Lane, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tatum O’Neal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tanya Roberts (booked for Sheena: Queen of the Jungle), Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields (studying French Literature at Princeton), Sharon Stone, Kathleen Turner, Lisa Whelchel (from The Facts of Life, 1979-1988), Debra Winger. Plus two Brits: Lynne Frederick and Fiona Fullerton.
  4. Colleen Camp, The Joy of Sex, 1983.   Production was halted following the ODeath of John Belushi.  By the time Paramount put the film back on track, the script had changed (not they worried abou scripts or stars, the title of Alex Comfort’s best-selling sex manual was the star) and Meyrink, 21, was the “teenage” lead of the fourth of her ten screen roles.
  5. Janet Leigh, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1998.     The 20th anniversary number was Jamie Lee Curtis’ idea. The franchise creator, co-writer and helmer John Carpenter, wasn’t interested. Nor it seems was PJS (killed in the first film). She never responded to calls about playing Jamie Lee’ secretary. So her mum did - Janet Leigh.

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