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Who could have played Carrie White in 1976?

Imagine Sissy Spacek wasn't available. Which other actress of the era could have played Carrie in DePalma's classic film and believably had her first period in the gym class shower?

by Anonymousreply 173October 16, 2021 8:27 AM

Linda Blair had already played the shower game in 1974's Born Innocent and starred in a supernatural film in 1973's The Exorcist so I'd rule her out. It needed to be someone fresh. Imagine a world where we see Cindy Brady's menstrual blood. That would have made the film even more horrifying.

by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 6:36 PM

If Anissa Jones had played the role, the subtitle for the film would be: See Buffy's Muffy

by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 6:38 PM

Piper Laurie could have played both parts, in a pinch.

I vote for that.

by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 6:39 PM

Genie Francis.

No, really. Just saw her play a bitch on a Family episode from around the same time. She was experienced enough to play what the role of Carrie needed.

by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 6:42 PM

Jodie Foster? Was she supposed to go to prom with Sue Snell instead and drive to the dance in a U-Haul?

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 6:50 PM

The studio tested Glenn and I together for the parts of Carrie and Sue.

They felt G had the right facial quality for the titlular fug, but unfortunately not the necessary audience sympathy.

Thus it ever was, I suppose

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by Anonymousreply 6October 13, 2021 6:52 PM

Lucie as Carrie

Vance as Miss Collins

Lucy as Margaret

by Anonymousreply 7October 13, 2021 6:52 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis

by Anonymousreply 8October 13, 2021 7:00 PM

She had the right horse face for the role. But she always seemed so angry.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 7:02 PM

Farrah Fawcett

She had amazing acting chops.

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by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 7:05 PM

[quote]The studio tested Glenn and I together

Oh dear, what would your Vassar English prof say?

by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 7:05 PM

Sachi Parker as Carrie. Guess who could've played Rose White even better than Piper Laurie?

by Anonymousreply 13October 13, 2021 7:06 PM

"I" sounds more upper class, R12, even though it is grammatically incorrect. For some reason, "me" just sounds wrong.

by Anonymousreply 14October 13, 2021 7:08 PM

Angie Dickinson?

by Anonymousreply 15October 13, 2021 7:08 PM

Stockard Channing. It would have made her missing a period in Grease much more poignant.

by Anonymousreply 16October 13, 2021 7:11 PM

R13, I can totally see Shirley as Rose.

by Anonymousreply 17October 13, 2021 7:14 PM

No Vivian Vance option?

by Anonymousreply 18October 13, 2021 7:16 PM

Pamelyn Ferdin.

by Anonymousreply 19October 13, 2021 7:16 PM

I think it comes down to whose beaver you'd want to see in the shower room/locker room scene.

by Anonymousreply 20October 13, 2021 7:17 PM

Sissy is the one I've ever given a damn about in the role. She played it with just the right amount of freakishness, vulnerability, and scariness. Plus, she could look icky throughout most of the movie and believably glam up for the prom scene and look rather pretty.

by Anonymousreply 21October 13, 2021 7:17 PM

[quote] The studio tested Glenn and I together for the parts of Carrie and Sue.

[quote] "I" sounds more upper class, [R12], even though it is grammatically incorrect. For some reason, "me" just sounds wrong.

Sorry, R14 / R6, "I" just sounds wrong as an object (vs. a subject).

by Anonymousreply 22October 13, 2021 7:17 PM

R18, Kristin Davis is the new Vivian Vance.

by Anonymousreply 23October 13, 2021 7:17 PM

Linda Blair could do it (acting chops-wise), but she came with too much baggage (The Exorcist) that didn't jibe with the Carrie character.

Glynnis O'Connor: yes, she could have done it.

Jodie Foster: voice too low and confident-sounding. Nope.

Genie Francis: Too conventionally pretty. Would not buy her as some type of underdog.

EVE PLUMB: Could have been interesting! This may have worked and definitely would have audiences interested to see how she fared as "Carrie."

by Anonymousreply 24October 13, 2021 7:20 PM

[quote]R10 Farrah Fawcett. She had amazing acting chops.

Mmmm… amazing CHOPPERS, maybe.

Kate: Carrie / Jaclyn: Sue / Tanya: Chris / Shelley: Miss Collins

by Anonymousreply 25October 13, 2021 7:20 PM

Here's a photo of Susan Olsen in 1976. She could have pulled off the prom queen moment.

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by Anonymousreply 26October 13, 2021 7:23 PM

Judy Norton in '76

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by Anonymousreply 27October 13, 2021 7:23 PM

R22, I'm not R6. "Me" just sounds wrong because many people use it incorrectly as a subject, eg. Glenn and me would have been perfect for the role.

by Anonymousreply 28October 13, 2021 7:24 PM

Kristy McNichol

by Anonymousreply 29October 13, 2021 7:24 PM

[quote]Anissa Jones

She died in 1976 so that may not have worked so well.

by Anonymousreply 30October 13, 2021 7:25 PM

[quote] Here's a photo of Susan Olsen in 1976. She could have pulled off the prom queen moment.

The prom queen was an anomalous moment in Carrie's life and she wasn't your typical prom queen. For the most part, Carrie's life was dreary and prison-like. I don't think Carrie would have had a lisp and a baby voice, either.

by Anonymousreply 31October 13, 2021 7:26 PM

I was kidding, R25. When Farrah left "Charlie's Angels" and had bigger roles in a few movies, everyone criticised her for her wooden acting.

by Anonymousreply 32October 13, 2021 7:26 PM

Only six months separate Spacek and Streep. I think Streep would have been phenomenal.

by Anonymousreply 33October 13, 2021 7:28 PM

McKenzie Phillips, pre-incest.

by Anonymousreply 34October 13, 2021 7:28 PM

And it's MARGARET White, not Rose. Right?

by Anonymousreply 35October 13, 2021 7:29 PM

Carrie Fisher

by Anonymousreply 36October 13, 2021 7:33 PM

Bea Arthur as Carrie's mom.

by Anonymousreply 37October 13, 2021 7:35 PM

Was Tatum O'Neal considered?

by Anonymousreply 38October 13, 2021 7:35 PM

If Tatum had been cast, her costars would have provided an amazing dating pool for Ryan.

by Anonymousreply 39October 13, 2021 7:40 PM

Remember DePalma and Lucas had one big casting session and then chose "sides" -- so Amy Irving read for both Princess Lea and Sue, etc. Jodie was up for Princess L too but Teri Nunn, singer of Berlin, was the front-runner.

by Anonymousreply 40October 13, 2021 7:41 PM

[quote]Jamie Lee Curtis

Another vote for Jamie Lee Curtis

Pamela Sue Martin

Lisa Hartman

Dana Plato

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by Anonymousreply 41October 13, 2021 7:43 PM

Sissy was the perfect cast! But Jodie could have been very good too.

by Anonymousreply 42October 13, 2021 7:47 PM

Vivian Vance, stupid cunt.

by Anonymousreply 43October 13, 2021 7:51 PM

Sissy also very much enjoyed Octavia Spencer's revenge on serving that pie to the mean girl played by Ron Howard's daughter in "The Help".

by Anonymousreply 44October 13, 2021 7:51 PM

R29 I think she was a smidge young in '76.

If it were made in 1980, sure.

by Anonymousreply 45October 13, 2021 8:03 PM

Pa, they left me off the list.

by Anonymousreply 46October 13, 2021 8:14 PM

Diane Kay

by Anonymousreply 47October 13, 2021 8:18 PM


by Anonymousreply 48October 13, 2021 8:21 PM

Why does Sue Snell always get her way? It's always Susan, Susan, Susan!

by Anonymousreply 49October 13, 2021 8:29 PM

It could have been a game changer for Judy Norton.

by Anonymousreply 50October 13, 2021 8:46 PM

Moi, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 51October 13, 2021 9:03 PM

Julie Gholson from Where the Lilies Bloom

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by Anonymousreply 52October 13, 2021 9:05 PM

R51 I was just about to write your name sweetheart. I mean who else?

by Anonymousreply 53October 13, 2021 9:08 PM

Marie Osmond?

by Anonymousreply 54October 13, 2021 9:21 PM

Cher. Plenty of 30 year olds have played high school students.

by Anonymousreply 55October 13, 2021 9:35 PM

Everyone is forgetting the obvious choice...

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by Anonymousreply 56October 13, 2021 9:39 PM

Quinn Cummings

by Anonymousreply 57October 13, 2021 9:39 PM

Mike Lookingland as Carrie White

by Anonymousreply 58October 13, 2021 9:40 PM

DePalma wanted an actress named Betsy Slade for the role (who'd made an impression on him in a Pamela Sue Martin movie.)

He wasn't even that enthusiastic about letting Spacek audition because he thought she was too likeable. Then she blew him away when she read.

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by Anonymousreply 59October 13, 2021 9:41 PM

Susan Dey. I think she could have plained it down.

by Anonymousreply 60October 13, 2021 9:46 PM

Francis Conroy or Patricia Clarkson.

by Anonymousreply 61October 13, 2021 9:49 PM

Beth Howland would have been remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 62October 13, 2021 10:03 PM

R62, instead of dumping pig's blood they dump a bucket of straws...

by Anonymousreply 63October 13, 2021 10:06 PM

Kindly fuck off, OP.

by Anonymousreply 64October 13, 2021 10:08 PM

He'd be convincing as the most hated girl in school.

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by Anonymousreply 65October 13, 2021 10:14 PM

Question: In an era when there was a Black version of so many hit movies (Blackula, Black Godfather, Black Shampoo), why was there never a Black Carrie (maybe Blackarrie)?

by Anonymousreply 66October 13, 2021 10:15 PM

I cant't imagine anyone looking impressive in a Pamela Sue Martin movie.

by Anonymousreply 67October 13, 2021 10:17 PM

R66, I can see it with Irene Cara as Blackarrie Black and Teresa Merritt as Margaret Black. Teresa Graves would have filled in as the gym teacher and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Tommy.

by Anonymousreply 68October 13, 2021 10:20 PM

Playing Carrie might have saved Anissa's life.

by Anonymousreply 69October 13, 2021 10:28 PM

Small detail: it needed a GREAT actress. Maybe Mare Winningham. Or that Lisa girl who was the daughter in "Unmarried Woman" and 'Turning Point", she was always solid, great resume.

by Anonymousreply 70October 13, 2021 10:33 PM

R70, are you daring to say that Susan Olsen isn't a great actress?? She could have drawn on the abuse she suffered from the schoolyard taunts of "Baby talk, baby talk, it's a wonder you can walk."

by Anonymousreply 71October 13, 2021 10:36 PM

[quote]R34 McKenzie Phillips, pre-incest.

Bonnie Franklin tested alongside her with the “Eve Was Weak!” scene, but was deemed too angry for the role of Margaret White.

She also dislocated Mackenzie‘s jaw, which didn’t bode well.

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by Anonymousreply 72October 13, 2021 10:38 PM

There is a passage in Julia Philips great book where she is in bathroom with young actress and the girl's father talking about "Taxi Driver" and doing drugs, the girl wants to play it, the father says no way. Always thought it was Tatum and then, duh, hit me it was MacKenzie and her creepy dad. Only recently.

by Anonymousreply 73October 13, 2021 10:53 PM

Lisa Lucas, fyi.

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by Anonymousreply 74October 13, 2021 10:57 PM

[quote] Plenty of 30 year olds have played high school students.

Some people can be so touchy!

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by Anonymousreply 75October 13, 2021 10:59 PM

Nasty Edie was already there and looking 40.

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by Anonymousreply 76October 13, 2021 11:02 PM

How about pre-face slashed Theresa Saldona?

by Anonymousreply 77October 13, 2021 11:03 PM

No but Wendie Joe Sperber could have been interesting ugly duckling.

by Anonymousreply 78October 13, 2021 11:04 PM

Janit Baldwin.

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by Anonymousreply 79October 13, 2021 11:08 PM

Anissa Jones late in life.

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by Anonymousreply 80October 13, 2021 11:10 PM

Barbara Seagull is Carrie!

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by Anonymousreply 81October 13, 2021 11:11 PM

Belinda Carlisle in 1976 could have launched a fantastic film career as Carrie.

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by Anonymousreply 82October 13, 2021 11:12 PM

Belinda Carlisle was more of a Chris.

by Anonymousreply 83October 13, 2021 11:18 PM

Plumb and O’Connor could pull it off. The rest you would have to recast the mean girls they would out of place with Jodie foster and some of the others as Carrie.

by Anonymousreply 84October 13, 2021 11:25 PM

Barbra Streisand could have done it. She would have arranged to have the ending re-written where her mother recognized she was really beautiful after all and deserved to be loved and be prom queen.

by Anonymousreply 85October 13, 2021 11:32 PM

Edie McClurg

by Anonymousreply 86October 13, 2021 11:34 PM

Louise Foley

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by Anonymousreply 87October 13, 2021 11:39 PM

Kristin Davis is an interesting choice...if Carrie had been 10 years old!

by Anonymousreply 88October 14, 2021 12:04 AM

I've got it. Cindy as Carrie and Pennie as Chris.

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by Anonymousreply 89October 14, 2021 12:26 AM

Both Piper and Sissy have slight Southern accents in the film. Was that deliberate? I always thought the story took place in California (it was definitely filmed there).

"De Palma's first choice for the role of Carrie was Betsy Slade, who received good notices for her role in the film Our Time (1974)."


by Anonymousreply 90October 14, 2021 1:56 AM

Olivia Newton-John (or Stockard Channing) - or the Beauty School Dropout

by Anonymousreply 91October 14, 2021 2:01 AM

“Mother…that Sue Snell is a VULGARIAN!!!”

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by Anonymousreply 92October 14, 2021 2:27 AM

The person who PERFECTLY fits the book description both physically and facial expressions is... Lena Dunham.

by Anonymousreply 93October 14, 2021 2:50 AM

Anissa Jones. It may have saved her.

by Anonymousreply 94October 14, 2021 2:56 AM


I’m gonna tell Miss Collinnnnnns!

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by Anonymousreply 95October 14, 2021 3:01 AM

see the link r90. Slade made an impact in that film. It was about a back alley abortion that Pamela Sue Martin and Parker Stevenson arrange for their friend. She played the quirky friend.

by Anonymousreply 96October 14, 2021 4:03 AM

Eve Plumb or Jodie Foster would have been great.

by Anonymousreply 97October 14, 2021 4:07 AM

Spacek's story of getting the part is interesting. She had made a splash with Badlands. DePalma hired her husband as the art director like he had been on other films. Spacek read the script and said tell Brian I'll do the lead. She thought they would jump at the chance to hire her since it was a low budget film and she had a bit of a name.

DePalma was less than enthusicasic which shocked her. So she went to the meeting all depressed and feeling awkward and unwanted....which made for a perfect Carrie.

DePalma said he was going by the book where Carrie is sort of outwardly repulsive to the other kids and he thought audiences see Sissy and want to take care of her. He felt that the actress needed to repel people at the beginning and then win them over at her Prom entrance. (in the book she's so nervous about going to the prom that she can't eat and loses a ton of weight so her appearance at the prom is sort of a shock. Tommy is surprised at how good she looks.

I guess DePalma didn't look at overweight actresses since it was a short shoot and they wouldn't have time for a large girl to do a De Niro and lose or gain weight.

He said once he saw Spacek audition he felt like a fool that he didn't see it before and all the other people he was considering started to seem ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 98October 14, 2021 4:09 AM

Amy Irving seems a bit bitter in that AMC behind the scenes. She went to that group audition and wanted to be Princess Leia. (she doesn't say so but I'm sure she wanted Carrie too.)

Was she sleeping with DePalma?

I never understood the influence she had on that film.

She got her mother, ex-boyfriend (William Katt) and her sister (who wrote and I think sang the song Carrie dances to at the Prom, something like I never Dreamed someone like you could want someone like me.)

by Anonymousreply 99October 14, 2021 4:12 AM

Jodie Foster was too young.

Glynnis O'Connor is an easy choice out of this line-up.

by Anonymousreply 100October 14, 2021 4:22 AM

R79 Great choice and ironically starred with Spacek in Prime Cut. Apparently she remain very good friends. Malick filmed scenes with Janit as Sissy's friend in Badlands but they were cut out of the final film.

by Anonymousreply 101October 14, 2021 4:26 AM

Vicki Lawrence would have been an interesting choice.

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by Anonymousreply 102October 14, 2021 4:26 AM

It is not widely know but Brian had cast me as Carrie. Nothing was signed but I was all set to play the role. Brian loved my work on Eight is Enough.

However, Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand made him drop me from the film.

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by Anonymousreply 103October 14, 2021 4:28 AM

R103, interesting Susan, especially Eight is Enough didn't premiere until 1977.

by Anonymousreply 104October 14, 2021 4:30 AM

I don't know if the southern accents were deliberate r90 or if Laurie adopted one because Spacek couldn't disguise hers yet.

It sort of works. Makes them seem more like outsiders. And Margaret does threaten to move if Carrie goes to the prom so it makes me think they are from some place else and have moved a bit during Carrie's life.

by Anonymousreply 105October 14, 2021 4:31 AM

Eve Plumb would have put an interesting spin on the role. A few years later, she was nearly cast as the lead in Prom Night. As per IMDB: "According to "The Horrors of Hamilton High", a documentary about the making of Prom Night, Eve Plumb was all set to play Kim. At the last minute, Jamie Lee Curtis' people expressed an interest and Eve was replaced."

by Anonymousreply 106October 14, 2021 4:31 AM

Maybe Kim Richards. Not sure how old she was at the time.

by Anonymousreply 107October 14, 2021 4:33 AM

Would y'all consider a New Yawker?

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by Anonymousreply 108October 14, 2021 4:36 AM

How about the two of us as Carrie and Tommy?

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by Anonymousreply 109October 14, 2021 4:38 AM

Maybe the actress that played "Molly" on the Brady Bunch.

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by Anonymousreply 110October 14, 2021 4:38 AM

This was Streep in 75/76. She could have done it and Jessica Lange was also in same age category. The choices were all much younger than Spacek/Streep/Lange.

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by Anonymousreply 111October 14, 2021 4:48 AM

Sandy Dennis would have been superb as Margaret.

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by Anonymousreply 112October 14, 2021 4:54 AM

A younger Sandy Dennis probably WAS Carrie White.

by Anonymousreply 113October 14, 2021 4:55 AM

R107 The first season of Eight is Enough was filmed and in the can. Brian was looking at every young actress at the time and was shown the first season before it aired on TV.

I completed the filming of Eight is Enough just as Carrie was being cast.

Carrie was film only a few months before it was released. Everything happened so quickly.

by Anonymousreply 114October 14, 2021 5:21 AM

R111 There is no way either Streep or Lange could have passed for teenagers in their mid twenties. They looked like they were in their 20s. I know some of the cast looked too old so maybe in some of the other roles they could have been cast but not Carrie White.

by Anonymousreply 115October 14, 2021 5:23 AM

*as Carrie*

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by Anonymousreply 116October 14, 2021 5:26 AM

Excellent choice, R116. Jill would have definitely won an Oscar. 😆

by Anonymousreply 117October 14, 2021 5:57 AM

Dodie from "My Three Sons". A lot of folks hated her.

by Anonymousreply 118October 14, 2021 6:02 AM

R85 Babs could have also performed the two songs played at the prom.

by Anonymousreply 119October 14, 2021 6:12 AM

[quote]R90 "De Palma's first choice for the role of Carrie was Betsy Slade, who received good notices for her role in the film Our Time (1974)." [bold]Who?

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by Anonymousreply 120October 14, 2021 6:46 AM

Stop whining r46. You had your chance 5 years later with Midnight Offerings

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by Anonymousreply 121October 14, 2021 7:09 AM


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by Anonymousreply 122October 14, 2021 7:12 AM

Dinah Manoff. She plays outsider types well (Family, Ordinary People) but she was also a Pink Lady in Grease!

by Anonymousreply 123October 14, 2021 7:15 AM

I should have and could have played the role. I would have won my first Oscar!

G. could have made her film debut as my mother Margaret. Might have won her an Oscar as well and taken away decades of pain.

by Anonymousreply 124October 14, 2021 7:18 AM

She looks fantastic. And her speech seems much better than it was when she first publicly revealed her condition.

by Anonymousreply 125October 14, 2021 7:34 AM

^ huh?

by Anonymousreply 126October 14, 2021 9:21 AM

I think it was supposed to be the Selma Blair thread. ^

by Anonymousreply 127October 14, 2021 9:53 AM

Carrie Fisher auditioned. For some reason George Lucas and Brian DePalma held auditions together, and they saw every young actress in Hollywood, and Fisher described auditioning for these two stone faced young directing nerds.

Honestly, I can't imagine anyone worse for the role of Carrie than Fisher, because Carrie is a person who just can't have a sense of humor. If she could laugh at her troubles or her tormentors, she wouldn't be a tragic figure.

by Anonymousreply 128October 14, 2021 10:14 AM

Also, Carrie Fisher, may she rest in peace, was not a good actor. A good writer? Yes. A good actor? Not so much.

by Anonymousreply 129October 14, 2021 1:05 PM

130 posts and nobody has mentioned the obvious: Charlene Tilton. She was chunky but not too chunky, could play an outsider (I believe she could legally receive benefits because of her height or lack thereof) and also a rambunctious she-cat as evidenced by her turn on Dallas.

by Anonymousreply 130October 14, 2021 1:11 PM

I would second r107's Kim Richards, even though she was too young in 1976. That scene during the first season of RHBH where Kyle and Camille were going at each other in the restaurant with Kim looking like a nervous Chinese Crested dog wanting to run for cover shows she can play mousy and nervous well. But she was pretty when young. She's actually a very good actress.

by Anonymousreply 131October 14, 2021 3:02 PM

I would have been a FLAWLESS Carrie!

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by Anonymousreply 132October 14, 2021 3:11 PM

Kay Lenz? She played a Carrie White-like character in the TV rip-off version.

by Anonymousreply 133October 14, 2021 3:12 PM

[quote]R128 Carrie is a person who just can't have a sense of humor. If she could laugh at her troubles or her tormentors, she wouldn't be a tragic figure.

In a prayer closet, no one can hear you laugh.

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by Anonymousreply 134October 14, 2021 3:40 PM

Bailey Quarters.

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by Anonymousreply 135October 14, 2021 3:49 PM

Kay Lenz was too wooden.

by Anonymousreply 136October 14, 2021 5:25 PM

Susan Dey -- or better yet, the girl in the Partridge Family who played the tambourine badly

by Anonymousreply 137October 14, 2021 5:28 PM

How about Sacheen Littlefeather?

by Anonymousreply 138October 14, 2021 6:01 PM

Well, her Oscar bit was an act, so that counts for some experience in front of an audience.

by Anonymousreply 139October 14, 2021 6:05 PM

Eve could have done her scary inner voice "I'm the new Carrie White. Let's set some people on fire!"

by Anonymousreply 140October 14, 2021 6:35 PM

She could have produced George Glass for real!

by Anonymousreply 141October 14, 2021 6:37 PM

Would Eve have worn a black merkin she purchased from Marcia Wallace for the shower scene?

by Anonymousreply 142October 14, 2021 6:38 PM

R135, only if I get to play Chris Hargensen with my husband playing Billy Nolan. Give me the pig's blood!

by Anonymousreply 143October 14, 2021 7:29 PM

Pig's blood! That's not kosher, Mrs. Brolin!

by Anonymousreply 144October 14, 2021 7:32 PM

Frances Bavier

by Anonymousreply 145October 14, 2021 7:56 PM

Diane Lane sans nudity would've been perfect. She always had a sad essence and the acting chops even as a teen. And she was already a magazine cover girl.

by Anonymousreply 146October 15, 2021 2:42 AM

She was 11 in 1976 r146.

by Anonymousreply 147October 15, 2021 3:17 AM

[quote]R138 How about Sacheen Littlefeather?

The Mazola Margarine girl, Tenaya Torres, would have brought more star wattage.

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by Anonymousreply 148October 15, 2021 3:33 AM

How about Kim Darby from "True Grit"? Had she aged out?

by Anonymousreply 149October 15, 2021 3:40 AM

Jamie Smith Jackson

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by Anonymousreply 150October 15, 2021 3:42 AM

Laurie Prange cornered the market on playing fragile weird girls in the '70s.

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by Anonymousreply 151October 15, 2021 3:47 AM

Susan Sennett

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by Anonymousreply 152October 15, 2021 3:51 AM

Bonnie Franklin IS Carrie White!

In the Bonnie Franklin version there will be a 10 minute mirror soliloquy before the prom at her house

And a special tap dance routine by Carrie at the prom

“I hate to menstruate but I love to tap!”

by Anonymousreply 153October 15, 2021 3:53 AM

Adrienne Barbeau as Carrie. Margaret White would have spontaneously combusted after she got a load of those "dirty pillows"

by Anonymousreply 154October 15, 2021 5:12 AM

Dirty Pillows Delight

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by Anonymousreply 155October 15, 2021 6:24 AM

If they had made the musical version for the big screen soon after the original Liv UIlmann would have been great in the lead role.

I never miss a Liv Ullmann musical.

by Anonymousreply 156October 15, 2021 9:30 AM

So what did you think about Mr. Hearn as Liv's leading man in "I Remember Mama", Bette?

by Anonymousreply 157October 15, 2021 3:12 PM

[quote] Adrienne Barbeau as Carrie. Margaret White would have spontaneously combusted after she got a load of those "dirty pillows"

If this means Bea Arthur as Margaret White, then I’m all in!

by Anonymousreply 158October 15, 2021 3:43 PM

Geraldine Page might have been an amazing Margaret.

by Anonymousreply 159October 15, 2021 6:36 PM

La Page would have eaten the school, the house and every other piece of scenery in the movie.

by Anonymousreply 160October 15, 2021 9:14 PM

R160, Watch it sucka!

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by Anonymousreply 161October 16, 2021 12:12 AM

LaWanda would have made a terrific Margaret White, though she would've wound up beating Carrie with her purse instead of being killed.

by Anonymousreply 162October 16, 2021 12:24 AM

For shame. I can SEE your Dirty Pillows!

by Anonymousreply 163October 16, 2021 12:26 AM

R130, but Charlene was a rotten actress.

by Anonymousreply 164October 16, 2021 12:29 AM

The more I think about it, Geraldine Page would have made it the performance of her career. I can hear her spouting every one of Margaret White's lines. The hysteria in "they're all going to laugh at you" would be unforgettable.

by Anonymousreply 165October 16, 2021 1:07 AM

Page would have been chewing scenery left and right. The role needed someone with a little more subtlety.

by Anonymousreply 166October 16, 2021 1:39 AM

If the story had been transported to France, Isabelle Adjani would have slayed.

by Anonymousreply 167October 16, 2021 1:42 AM

Fuck you R166, she's the greatest actress in the English Language

by Anonymousreply 168October 16, 2021 1:49 AM

Page is served at Easter with pineapples.

by Anonymousreply 169October 16, 2021 1:54 AM

One reason Piper Laurie is so unique in this is because her ex-husband was a film critic and told her DePalma makes black comedies. Then at her audition/interview she mostly sat around with DePalma and they laughed so much (he had a childhood crush on her and called her in when he saw her name on a casting list just to meet her) so she went in playing for laughs.

Then after her first rehersal with Spacek she went back to her hotel and called her husband and said I think we are wrong. I think this is a drama. Sissy is taking the role really seriously.

So she shifted the performance slightly and it came out pretty brilliant. (If you think about it she's terrifying but also kind of funny. The way she tells Sue's mom I pray you find Jesus" for example with her hand held out so oddly.)

by Anonymousreply 170October 16, 2021 4:34 AM

Geraldine Page was too old for the part. Piper Laurie - a decade younger than Page - is great because clearly she could go out and get a man and have a normal life, but she’s just throwing her life away with her isolating religious mania.

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by Anonymousreply 171October 16, 2021 5:04 AM

Mia and Liz could have reworked their "Secret Ceremony" number.

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by Anonymousreply 172October 16, 2021 5:29 AM

R171 I'll drink to that.

by Anonymousreply 173October 16, 2021 8:27 AM
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