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Carrie (1976) was the first Stephen King novel to be adapted into a movie, and was nominated for two Oscars. So let's find out what have the cast been up to since then!

1. Sissy Spacek (Carrie White)

Sissy Spacek was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on Christmas day, 1949 and made her film debut in 1972's Prime Cut.

In 1981 she won her only Oscar for her portrayal of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). The '80s were a highlight for the actress, as she was nominated for further Oscars in Missing (1982), The River (1984) and Crimes of the Heart (1986). Her last Oscar nomination came in 2002, after playing the role of Ruth Fowler in the drama In the Bedroom (2001).

Her latest credits include the TV Series, Bloodline (2015– ), and the crime/thriller film Deadfall (2012).

Sissy Spacek as Carrie trivia — The famous ending to the film (above) has ranked in at number eight on Bravo's list of The 100 Scariest Movie Moments and number two on the website During this dream sequence, the hand that comes out of Carrie's grave actually belonged to Spacek, rather than a stunt double.

2. Piper Laurie (Margaret White)

Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs on January 22, 1932, and she made her film debut in The Milkman (1950), starring along side Donald O'Connor and Jimmy Durante.

In 1962, she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in The Hustler (1961). Following this success, she mainly worked in TV series before landing her second feature film fifteen years later in Carrie (1976). In similar fashion to Spacek, she was also nominated for an Oscar, this time for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Children of a Lesser God (1986) saw Laurie receive her third, and final, Oscar nomination, once again for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Laurie arriving at the 1987 Academy Awards
Laurie arriving at the 1987 Academy Awards

Laurie has also appeared in over 100 films and TV series's including Twin Peaks (1990–1991), Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990) and The Twilight Zone (1985–1989). Her last acting role came in the horror/thriller film Bad Blood... the Hunger (2012).

Piper Laurie as Margaret White trivia — When Laurie's character meets her demise, she is stabbed multiple times. For this scene, the knives started off in Margaret's body before being pulled out by string. When editing the scene, they played the footage in reverse to achieve the look of the knives flying towards Margaret.

3. Amy Irving (Sue Snell)

Amy Davis Irving was born on September 10, 1953 to producer/director Jules Irving and actress Priscilla Pointer, who she has appeared with in seven films.

From November 1985 until February 1989, she was married to Steven Spielberg. Following on from their divorce, she went on to marry director/producer Bruno Barreto in 1996, until they separated in 2005. She is currently married to Kenneth Bowser, a producer who has worked on Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special (2015).

In 1984, she was nominated for an Oscar for her starring role in Yentl (1983). The actress has also appeared in the TV series's Zero Hour (2013) plus the 2005 horror Hide and Seek (2005) along side Robert De Niro. Her last screen role was in the TV series The Good Wife (2009– ).

Amy Irving as Sue Snell trivia — In the haunting dream sequence that Snell has at the end of the film, Irving's character originally filmed the scene walking backwards, with the production team then playing the footage in reverse. This is made evident by the car in the background shot appearing to be driving backwards.

4. William Katt (Tommy Ross)

William Theodore Katt was born on 16 February, 1951 in Los Angeles, California. His parents were actors Bill Williams (born Hermann Katt) and Barbara Hale who were both given a star on the Walk of Fame for their services to television.

In 2008, Katt, along with Christopher Folino and JM Ringuet, produced their own comic book, named Sparks. The comic is set in the late 1940s and tells the fortunes of Ian Sparks, a masked vigilante who soon finds out that the price for becoming a superhero is a high one to pay.

William Katt as Tommy Ross trivia — The nauseating scene were Carrie and Tommy share a dance was created by having them stand on a rotating stage. At the same time, a circling dolly rotated in the opposite direction.

5. John Travolta (Billy Nolan)

John Joseph Travolta was born on 18 February, 1954 in New Jersey and he is married to actress Kelly Preston.

Before the release of Carrie, Travolta made his big screen debut in the 1975 film, The Devil's Rain. His stardom was about to rise however, as a couple of years later he starred in the drama Saturday Night Fever (1977), which he was nominated for an Oscar, and Grease (1978).

In the nineties, the actor found more fame starring in hits such as The Thin Red Line (1998), Face/Off (1997), Get Shorty (1995) and Look Who's Talking Too (1990). However, it was the crime dram film Pulp Fiction (1994) that really set him apart, once again earning him an Oscar nod.

John Travolta as Billy Nolan trivia — When Billy and Chris are flipped and blown up in their car by Carrie, the scene was taken from a still frame, which was then rotated in post production.

6. Nancy Allen (Chris Hargensen)

Nancy Anne Allen was born on 24 June, 1950, in New York, and was the last actor to audition for the film. In 1979, she married director Brian De Palma, before divorcing in 1984.

In 1981, Allen was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Dressed to Kill (1980), and she also starred in the horror film Poltergeist III (1988). Readers may be more familiar with her role as Officer Anne Lewis in RoboCop (1987), RoboCop 2 (1990) and RoboCop 3 (1993).

Nancy Allen as Chris Hargensen trivia — In the scene where Miss. Collins slaps Allen's character round the face, De Palma wasn't convinced that Allen's reaction was right. Therefore, he suggested that Buckley slap Allen for real. The scene was filmed many times, and Buckley ended up slapping Allen as many as 30 times before he was satisfied he had got the reaction he wanted.

7. Betty Buckley (Miss. Collins)

Betty Lynn Buckley was born on 3 July 1947, in Fort Worth, Texas. Known for her work on the stage, film and television, Buckley won a Tony Award in 1983 for her performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats. She also featured in the drama film, Tender Mercies (1983), where she sang the song 'Over You,' which went on to be nominated for an Oscar.

During the 1988 musical of Carrie, original actress Barbara Cook stood down from her role, making the way for Buckley to take over when the Royal Shakespeare Company moved it to Broadway. Although in the 1976 film Buckley played Miss. Collins, in the stage musical, she played the part of Carrie's mother, Margaret White.

The actress has recently been seen in the TV series's The Leftovers (2014– ), Getting On (2013– ) and Pretty Little Liars (2010– ).

Betty Buckley as Miss Collins trivia — When Carrie is taunted by the boy on his bike when he shouts "Creepy Carrie! Creepy Carrie!", his voice was dubbed over by that of Buckley's. Below is a still showing the scene and you can watch the clip here.

8. P. J. Soles (Norma)

P. J. Soles was born Pamela Jayne Hardon on 17 July, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Following her first marriage, she went on to marry Movie 43 (2013) and Vegas (2012–2013) actor Dennis Quaid, before divorcing in 1983. Soles later went on to have two children with her third husband, stunt coordinator Skip Holm.

The star may be more recognized for her turn in the original John Carpenter film Halloween (1978), for which she gained the nickname 'The Totally Girl.' This year she can be seen in the horror films William Froste (2016) and 13 Girls (2016).

P. J. Soles as Norma trivia - When Soles's character Norma is at the prom, she is knocked to the floor by a fire hose. However, the pressure from the water blasting out the hose was so strong that it burst the actresses eardrum. The damage was so severe that Soles had no hearing in that ear for six months, before it eventually healed and her hearing was restored.

9. Priscilla Pointer (Mrs. Snell)

Priscilla Pointer was born on May 18, 1924 in New York City. After her first husbands death, she later went on to marry actor Robert Symonds, star of Catch Me If You Can (2002) and Dynasty (1981–1989) until he passed away in 2007.

The actress appeared in over 20 TV movies and series's before landing her first big role in The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976). Other notable credits include Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994), the TV series The Flash (1990–1991), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) and the TV series Dallas (1978–1991). Her last acting role was in the drama Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008) starring opposite Jeff Daniels.

Priscilla Pointer as Mrs. Snell trivia — During the scene where Sue has a dream about Carrie grabbing her, she screams out in terror. Witnessing her daughter in an hysterical state, Pointer accidentally called out her daughters real name instead of the character's name. Despite the mistake, it was covered up due to the loud music playing over the scene.

10. Doug Cox (The Beak)

Doug Cox was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, before heading to college in Los Angeles where he joined The Groundlings, one of the best comedy/improvisation companies in the America. He acted there for over 15 years, and attended at the same time as fellow cast member Edie McClurg (see below).

The actor's more recent credits include the TV Series' Teen Wolf (2011– ), Mike & Molly (2010– ), Criminal Minds (2005– ) and Weeds (2005–2012).

Doug Cox as The Beak trivia - Cox gained an audition after his friend Sandy Helberg asked his wife Harriet to give him a shot. Harriet was the casting director and the couple are the parents of The Big Bang Theory (2007– ) star Simon Helberg.

11. Edie McClurg (Helen Shyres)

Edie McClurg was born on July 23, 1951 in Kansas City. Her big screen debut came in Carrie (1976), after which she continued her success by starring in films like The Gift (2014), Frozen (2013) and Wreck-It Ralph (2012).

The actress has also featured in many of John Hughes's films, including Curly Sue (1991), She's Having a Baby (1988), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

Her recent television credits include the TV series's TripTank (2014– ), Ben 10: Omniverse (2012– ), Mike & Molly (2010– ), Regular Show (2009– ), NCIS (2003– ) and Two and a Half Men (2003–2015).

Edie McClurg as Helen trivia — McClurg originally had no dialogue in any part of the film, so she decided to improvise instead. This resulted in everything that we see Helen say in the film being completely made up by the actress, with De Palma's blessing, naturally.

You can check out more amazing Carrie trivia by clicking here!

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