22 Facts About PJ Soles


Pamela Jayne Soles is a German-born American actress.

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PJ Soles made her film debut in 1976 as Norma Watson in Brian De Palma's Carrie before portraying Lynda van der Klok in John Carpenter's Halloween and Riff Randell in Allan Arkush's Rock 'n' Roll High School.

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PJ Soles has since appeared in a variety of films including Breaking Away, Private Benjamin, Stripes, Sweet Dreams, Jawbreaker, and cult classics like The Devil's Rejects and Beg.

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PJ Soles was born Pamela Jayne Hardon in Frankfurt, Germany, to an American mother from New Jersey, Nancy Hardon, and a Dutch father from Rotterdam, Cornelis Johannes Hardon II.

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PJ Soles 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.

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PJ Soles attended Briarcliff College in White Plains, New York, later transferring to Georgetown University, and had aspirations to become the first woman ambassador to the Soviet Union.

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PJ Soles moved to Manhattan and began acting in commercials and modeling for fashion magazines.

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PJ Soles was among the hundreds of actors auditioning for Brian De Palma and George Lucas in their joint casting session for Carrie and Star Wars.

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PJ Soles originally auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars but the role ultimately went to Carrie Fisher.

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PJ Soles starred alongside Sissy Spacek, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, Amy Irving and Piper Laurie.

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PJ Soles was injured on the set during filming, when a blast from a fire hose during the prom scene ruptured her eardrum.

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PJ Soles is most known for her performance as Lynda van der Klok in the classic horror film Halloween directed by John Carpenter, the final victim of the character Michael Myers.

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PJ Soles wrote the role of Lynda specifically for her because of the way she said the word "totally".

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PJ Soles has a singing credit for a second version of the title song on the movie's soundtrack.

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In 1980, PJ Soles portrayed Private Wanda Winter in the comedy film Private Benjamin.

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In 1981, PJ Soles filmed a new scene to be inserted into the television version of Halloween.

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In 1985, PJ Soles starred alongside Jessica Lange as Wanda in Karel Reisz's biographical film Sweet Dreams.

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PJ Soles appeared in The Donnas' music video for "Too Bad About Your Girl" as her character Riff Randell from Rock 'n' Roll High School.

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In 2005, PJ Soles played the victim, Susan, of a family on a murderous rampage in the Rob Zombie movie The Devil's Rejects.

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In 2018, PJ Soles was cast in a spoken cameo role as a teacher in the direct sequel, Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green.

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PJ Soles married J Steven Soles in 1973, when she resided in New York, but then made the move to Los Angeles to work in television and movies.

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PJ Soles was later married to actor Dennis Quaid from 1978 until their divorce in early 1983.

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