Wife and I are watching Heathers tonight. It is one of the best teen movies of the 80s. A cool, twisted dark comedy about teen suicide. And it has got to hold the record for great one-liners. They’re like fucking endless. Watching Heathers was Colleen’s idea. I’m not sure what brought it on. The other day she happened to mention that she thought her brother, a recent film school grad, should watch it. I agree.
Heahters came out in 1989. Same year NIN’s Pretty Hate Machine came out, right? Dark and twisted must have been in the air that year. Maybe that’s why I fled to Ypsilanti, to hide in Jones Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. I knew it was coming. I could sense it somehow. Smell it.
Anyhoo… one of my favorite pointless activities is to search the web to find out what’s become of actors from old movies. In this case, Kim Walker, who played Heather Chandler, the head Heather, the first one to bite it in the movie.
Turns out KIm Walker died in 2001 of — wait for it — a brain tumor. Yeah. One of her more memorable lines in the movie was “Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast.” Eep. Cue the Twilight Zone music. I learned this from a website called Find a Death. It provides details of the deaths of famous people, including photos of things like their homes and even headstones. Walker’s headstone is posted on it.
According to wikipedia.org:
She was dating co-star Christian Slater, but during the filming of Heathers, Slater ended their relationship and afterwards began dating the film’s star, Winona Ryder.
That’s harsh! Ouch!
Walk had mostly supporting roles after Heathers. She was in Say Anything. But retired from the business and 1990s according to IMDB. The last thing she was in something called Killing Cinderella.
Lisanne Falk, who played Heather McNamara, the chearleader, also had supporting role in Say Anything. The last thing she did was Casablanca in 2002, a short film.
Vernoica’s old friend, unpopular friend, Betty, is Renee Estevez, Martin Sheen’s daughter. She had a recurring role on West Wing.