PJ Soles

  1. Sissy Spacek, Carrie, 1976.  
  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). The full 19 options were… Hannah,  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, Molly Ringwald, 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 – impressive as the daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra, 1970. Oh and PJ Soles, who was originally chosen to co-star with… Bill Murray – as Disney’s new (“adult”) Touchstone unit rushed Splash into production to beat Warren Beatty’s similar “half-human-half-kipper” tail.  Mermaid.
  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.

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Pamela Jayne SolesCasting Calls:  5