Where Are They Now - Friday, October 27, 2017
Actress P.J. Soles has appeared in some big films, many of them horror films, like Carrie, Stripes, Breaking Away, and most noteworthy - John Carpenter's Halloween. And with Halloween right around the corner, let's find out what's new in the world of P.J. Soles...
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Myrna Loy: She appeared in "The Best Years of Our Lives" and the "Thin Man" movies, among other roles
Wolfgang Petersen: German director, directed the excellent U-boat movie "Das Boot", other films include "The NeverEnding Story", "Air Force One", "In the Line of Fire", and "The Perfect Storm"
Carolyn Jones: She played Morticia on the TV series "The Addams Family"
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About P.J. Soles on Celebrity Nooz
July 17, 1950, Frankfurt, Germany
Pamela Jayne Hardon
"The Totally Girl" from Halloween
Claim To Fame:
Soles is known for her roles as Lynda van der Klok in Halloween, Riff Randell in Rock 'n' Roll High School, Norma Watson in Carrie and Bill Murray's military girlfriend Stella in Stripes.
Her first marriage was to J. Steven Soles from 1973 to 1975. She was then married to actor Dennis Quaid from 1978 to early 1983, and then to Skip Holm from 1983 to 1998. With Skip, she has a son named Skye (born in 1983) and a daughter named Ashley (born in 1988).
Soles got her start acting in commercials and modeling for fashion magazines. She got her big break when she starred in 1976's hit film Carrie.
In 1978, she played one of the supporting roles in Halloween (1978), as the final victim of the Michael Myers character in the classic horror film. Director John Carpenter cast her in the role after seeing her in Carrie.
Soles starred in Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) with The Ramones and was injured during filming, and has a singing credit for a second version of the title song on the movie's soundtrack.
Lived in Casablanca, Morocco, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish, and then Brussels, Belgium, where she went to high school at the International School of Brussels.
Originally wanted to become the first woman ambassador to the Soviet Union.
In her death scene in Carrie (1976) she is knocked unconscious by a wild water hose; in actuality the hose tore her eardrum and she really IS unconscious for that scene.
Sang "Rock and Roll High School" with Ramones at one of their concerts.
Rock group Local H named their 2004 album, "Whatever Happened To PJ Soles?" after her. It includes a song about her cult celebrity status titled simply, "PJ Soles.".
Interviewed in the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
Ranked #4 on Maxim's "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list.
Where Is She Now:
PJ is going to portray the Medical Examiner in the new horror film 13 Girls, which is currently in pre-production.
2016 Grindsploitation...Dr. Ramone (segment "Arbor Day")
2012 The Butterfly Room...Lauren
2011 Framelines (TV series)...(Herself)
2010 Beg...Eva Fox
2008 Alone in the Dark II (video)...Martha
2008 Love in the Age of Fishsticks...God (voice)
2007 Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy
2006 Ray of Sunshine...Mother
2006/I No Place Like Home...P2006 Dead Calling...Valerie Redmond
2005 Death by Engagement...Mrs. Starkington
2005 Murder on the Yellow Brick Road...Hannah Gruber
2005 The Devil's Rejects...Susan
2005 Pee Stains and Other Disasters...Jenny
2003/II Silence (short)...Jan
2000 Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection...Annika's Mom
1999 Jawbreaker...Mrs. Purr
1997 Little Bigfoot...Carolyn
1996 Uncle Sam (video)...Madge Cronin
1995 Out There (TV movie)...Religious Nut
1995 The Power Within (video)...Mrs. Applegate
1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! (TV movie)...Evelyn Randall
1991 Soldier's Fortune...Debra
1988 Saigon Commandos...Jean Lassiter
1986 Knight Rider (TV series)...Ellen Whitby
Out of the Woods (1986)
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV series)...Ellen Styner
Something's Going on on This Train (1985)
1985 Sweet Dreams...Wanda
1983-1984 Simon & Simon (TV series)...'Crazy Susan' Sackwell / Martie Collins
1984 Airwolf (TV series)...Ellie
1984 Cheers (TV series)...Julie
Rebound: Part 2 (1984)
1984 Listen to the City...Sophia
1984 Innocent Prey...Cathy Wills
1983 The Other Woman (TV movie)...Mary Louise
1983 Sawyer and Finn (TV movie)...Becky Thatcher
1982 The Awakening of Cassie...Cassie
1981 Soggy Bottom, U.S.A....Sharlene
1980 Private Benjamin...Pvt. Wanda Winter
1979 Rock 'n' Roll High School...Riff Randell
1979 Breaking Away...Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
1979 Old Boyfriends...Sandy
1978 Halloween...Lynda van der Klok
1978 Zuma Beach (TV movie)...Nancy
1978 Our Winning Season...Cindy Hawkins
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (TV movie) (uncredited)
1977 The Possessed (TV movie)...Marty
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (TV movie)...Deborah
1976 The Blue Knight (TV series)...Minnesota
Upward Mobility (1976)
1976 Blood Bath
1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV series)...Unknown (1973)
To see Then & Now pictures of PJ Soles, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Myrna Loy - DEAD (Surgical complications)
Born: 08/02/1905 Died: 12/14/1993
Wolfgang Petersen - ALIVE
Carolyn Jones - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 04/28/1929 Died: 08/03/1983
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