Heather O’Rourke


December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988

For all the glitz and glamour that is represented in a large cross-section of the population in tiny Westwood Memorial Park, there is also a fair amount of tragedy present. Many of the permanent residents there died way too young.  There’s no better example of that than Heather O’Rourke.  The adorable, blonde child star was made famous by her portrayal of Carol Anne in the Poltergeist film trilogy. She also went on to guest star on a number of mid-’80’s television shows.  Heather became sick in 1987 and was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease.In early 1988, at the age of 12, she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital where she later died while in surgery for a congenital bowel obstruction – the true cause of her illness.

Heather was interred in Westwood, where her Poltergeist co-star, Dominique Dunne, was also buried just a few years earlier.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

On the western outside wall of the mausoleum section on the north side of the park, Heather’s crypt is on the bottom right corner of this wall, just 1 row below and one space to the right of Truman Capote.



One Response to “Heather O’Rourke”

  1. She was murdered !!!

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