Interview conducted on 05/12/2012
FP: 1988 was also the year of the notable deaths of two child actors; Heather O’Rourke who you had worked with on Poltergeist II, and Judith Barsi who had built a similar volume of work to you, voiced Duckie in the Land Before Time, and also did work on Growing Pains. Do you remember if , at the time, either death had an impact on you as a child actress, considering they were around the same age as you? (see our story about the tragic death of Judith and her mother)
KW: I didn’t really know Heather O’Rourke but it was a sad day when I found out about her death. Judith and her mom on the other hand were actually good friends of my mom and I. The death of the two of them was so incredibly sad because of the horrible way it happened. This was really hard to deal with. She and I saw each other on auditions all the time. We played Barbies and colored together. I remember sobbing at her funeral and it was the first time I saw a little casket. It made a big impression on me.
-for the full interview, please go here: An Interview with Kathy Wagner