By the time of Carrie, John Travolta was already well known as a sitcom star before launching a film career. He later went on to do Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Midnight Cowboy before a career slump. He made a comeback in such films as Look Who’s Talking and Pulp Fiction. He has been on top ever since, and remains one of Hollywood’s most bankable actors. A feat which many teen idols from the 1970’s have not maintained.
Sissy Spacek earned an Oscar nomination for her role in Carrie, and later won for the title role in the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter. She has been nominated for a few more Academy Awards, and numerous awards after her success in both films. Spacek continues to be one of Hollywood’s most respected working actresses, and remains in demand long after a bucket of pig’s blood was dumped on her the pivotal scene where she was crowned prom queen and wiped out the entire school.
Her onscreen mother Piper Laurie (Margaret White) was also nominated for an Oscar, as a result of her role in the film, Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She has also been nominated for numerous awards in other roles as well. Phenomenal for an actress who had not acted in many films for a fifteen year period when she played Margaret White. Carrie was Laurie’s first major film role after a hiatus which mostly involved stage roles and occasional television work. Her last film prior to this was The Hustler with Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, and George C. Scott.
Both actresses have co-starred with Mel Gibson, Spacek in the Oscar nominated film The River, and Laurie in the Australian film Tim, one of Gibson’s first roles. Despite playing mother and daughter in Carrie, they also played sisters almost two decades later in The Grass Harp, and also co-starred in the TV Movie Midwives. She has had a long versatile career on stage, screen, and television lasting many decades, which an accomplishment for any actress in this business.