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P.J. Soles Biography
- P.J. (Pamela Jayne) Soles was born on July 17, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father came from Holland and her mother from New Jersey. Because her father was working for an international insurance company, the family moved all over the world. P.J. 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. When she was at Briarcliff College, she wanted to become the first woman ambassador to the Soviet Union. This career goal changed when she visited the Actors Studio in New York City. She moved to Manhattan and began acting in commercials and modeling for fashion magazines. She was married to J. Steven Soles during her years in New York, but then made the move to Los Angeles to work in television and movies. At this time, she and Soles got divorced, but she decided to keep her name as P.J. Soles. She was among the hundreds of actors auditioning for Brian De Palma and George Lucas in their joint casting session for Carrie (1976) and Star Wars (1977). After Carrie, she went to Georgia to film Our Winning Season (1978) and met actor Dennis Quaid. They were married in 1978 in Texas on a dude ranch. P.J. starred in Rock n Roll High School (1979) with Ramones. Next she filmed Private Benjamin (1980) and then Stripes (1981). She and Quaid were divorced in 1983. P.J. continued doing numerous television and film roles, and then married Skip Holm, who was the stunt pilot on The Right Stuff (1983). They have two children and were divorced in 1998. Still active in television and film, P.J. manages not to let her fans down, but keeps them interested in her work, which keeps on getting better, making her one of the most versatile actresses of her time.
P.J. Soles Filmography
- (2012) Eternal as Lucinda
- (2012) The Butterfly Room as Lauren
- (2011) Beg as Eva Fox
- (2011) Bind as Carol
- (2011) Framelines as (Herself)
- (2011) Midnight Matinee Psycho as Herself
- (2011) Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective as Herself
- (2010) Halloween: The Inside Story as Herself
- (2010) Scaredy Squirrel as (voice)
- (2010) The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen as Herself
- (2009) Imps* as Young Lady (segment "Soda") (archive footage)
- (2009) Into the Pit: The Shocking Story of Deadpit.com as Herself
- (2008) Alone in the Dark II as Martha
- (2008) Love in the Age of Fishsticks as God (voice)
- (2008) Prank as Marianne
- (2007) Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy as
- (2007) The Horrorhound as Herself
- (2006) Dead Calling as Valerie Redmond
- (2006) Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film as Herself (archive footage)
- (2006) Halloween: 25 Years of Terror as Herself
- (2006) Halloween: The Shape of Horror as Herself
- (2006) Horror's Hallowed Grounds as Herself
- (2006) No Place Like Home as P.J.
- (2006) Ray of Sunshine as Mother
- (2006) The Tooth Fairy as Mrs. MacDonald
- (2006) Working with a Master: John Carpenter as Herself
- (2005) 30 Days in Hell: The Making of 'The Devil's Rejects' as Herself - 'Susan'
- (2005) Death by Engagement as Mrs. Starkington
- (2005) Murder on the Yellow Brick Road as Hannah Gruber
- (2005) Pee Stains and Other Disasters as Jenny
- (2005) The Devil's Rejects as Susan
- (2004) Ramones Raw as Rif Randell (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (2004) Stars and Stripes 1 as Herself
- (2004) Stars and Stripes 2 as Herself
- (2004) Super Secret Movie Rules as Herself ("Lynda" - Halloween)
- (2003) 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest as Herself
- (2003) End of the Century as Riff Randell (archive footage) (uncredited)
- (2003) Silence as Jan
- (2002) ¿Quién es Alejandro Chomski? as Herself
- (2001) Acting 'Carrie' as Herself
- (2001) Kept as Celia
- (2000) Backstory as Herself
- (2000) Blast as Deputy
- (2000) Mirror, Mirror IV: Reflection as Annika's Mom
- (2000) The American Nightmare as Herself (archive footage)
- (1999) 'Halloween' Unmasked 2000 as Herself
- (1999) Jawbreaker as Mrs. Purr
- (1997) Little Bigfoot as Carolyn
- (1996) E! True Hollywood Story as Herself
- (1996) Uncle Sam as Madge Cronin
- (1995) Out There as Religious Nut
- (1995) The Power Within as Mrs. Applegate
- (1994) Shake, Rattle and Rock! as Evelyn Randall
- (1993) Prize Fighter as June (VG)
- (1991) Soldier's Fortune as Debra
- (1990) Alienator as Tara
- (1988) B.O.R.N. as Liz
- (1988) Saigon Commandos as Jean Lassiter
- (1985) Sweet Dreams as Wanda
- (1984) Airwolf as Ellie
- (1984) Innocent Prey as Cathy Wills
- (1984) Listen to the City as Sophia
- (1983) Hardcastle and McCormick as Ellen Styner
- (1983) Sawyer and Finn as Becky Thatcher
- (1983) The Other Woman as Mary Louise
- (1982) Cheers as Julie
- (1982) Knight Rider as Ellen Whitby
- (1982) The Awakening of Cassie as Cassie
- (1981) Simon & Simon as 'Crazy Susan' Sackwell
- (1981) Simon & Simon as Martie Collins
- (1981) Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. as Sharlene
- (1981) Stripes as Stella
- (1980) Private Benjamin as Pvt. Wanda Winter
- (1979) Breaking Away as Suzy (as Pamela Jayne Soles)
- (1979) Old Boyfriends as Sandy
- (1979) Rock 'n' Roll High School as Riff Randell
- (1978) Halloween as Lynda van der Klok
- (1978) Our Winning Season as Cindy Hawkins
- (1978) Zuma Beach as Nancy
- (1977) Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn as (uncredited)
- (1977) The Possessed as Marty
- (1976) AM Northwest as Herself
- (1976) Blood Bath as
- (1976) Carrie as Norma
- (1976) Sport as
- (1976) The Boy in the Plastic Bubble as Deborah
- (1975) The Blue Knight as Minnesota
- (1967) Love Is a Many Splendored Thing as Unknown (1973)
P.J. Soles Trivia and Facts
- 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 is really unconscious for that scene.
- John Carpenter , wanted her for his film Halloween (1978) after seeing Carrie (1976). He wrote the part of Lynda especially for her because of the way she said the word "totally."
- Sang "Rock and Roll High School" with Ramones at one of their concerts.
- Lived in several foreign countries while growing up.
- Originally wanted to be Ambassador to the Soviet Union.
- Has one son, Sky (b. 1983) and one daughter, Ashley (b. 1988), with Skip Holm.
- Did her screen test for Carrie (1976) with John Travolta. He loved her performance so much, he made sure she got a part in his television movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) .
- Father is from the Netherlands. Mother is from New Jersey.
- She wore a red baseball cap to her audition for Carrie (1976) , which director Brian De Palma loved. He told her to bring it with her when they started shooting. The first thing he said to her on the set was, "Did you bring your red baseball hat?" She ended up wearing that hat for the majority of the film.
- Rock group Local H named their 2004 album, "Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?" after her. It includes a song about her cult celebrity status titled simply "P.J. Soles".
- Interviewed in the book "Invasion of the B-Girls" by Jewel Shepard.
- P.J. has two children: a son, Jeffrey Sky Holm, a 2005 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is an Officer serving with the United States Coast Guard and a daughter, Ashley Brooke Holm, a 2010 graduate of U.C. Irvine with a degree in English/Creative Writing, is teaching yoga and in the band Jo Nash with composer John Corlis.
- Ranked #4 on Maxims "Hottest Women of Horror Movies" list.
P.J. Soles Quotes
- "Dennis is very, very sad. Ive never heard him sound so sad. I got the feeling he hasnt slept recently. Hes devastated just by the thought of any separation mostly because they have a son. Hes very concerned about the effects on his son." - about the separation of Dennis Quaid from Meg Ryan .
- Im still looking for that Quentin Tarantino , for what he did to John Travolta . Thats part of why I wanted to produce - to give myself good parts.
- I am so happy that every generation still tunes into most of the classic and cult films I was lucky to be a part of.
- All those times Id gotten married with the intention of having children, even when I was in my early twenties.
- Everybody thought I was a California girl, and I felt I had to work harder than most people. I went to a place in my mind from having watched other movies, so for me it was a little more challenging than a lot of people probably realize.
- Horror movies are all about getting your attention, you always have to be on guard. People love to be on the edge, theres nothing like a surprise. Our whole lives are built around surprises -- surprise birthday parties, surprises at restaurants. It keeps our lives from being boring. Also, its the closet thing to watching a fantasy that you could never conceive of yourself, never dare to have. Even in a private moment. Something youd never let enter your thinking. So you can sit for two hours and watch someone elses fantasy and not feel guilty if you enjoy it.
P.J. Soles Photoshoots
- "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1990, Vol. 4, Iss. 2, pg. 86-87, by: staff, "Simply Gore-Geous: Lynda -P.J. Soles"
- "High Society" (USA), August 1985, "Celebrity Skin"
- "Playboy" (USA), November 1981, Vol. 28, Iss. 11, pg. 166, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex In Cinema - 1981"
P.J. Soles Other Works
- Did movie shorts for college students earlier in her career.
- TV commercial for Kentucky Fried Chicken
- TV commercial for Coca-Cola
- (1976) TV Commercial for Soft & Dri deodorant
- (1977) TV commercial for Carefree Panty Shields