P.J. Soles (born Pamela Jayne Hardon; July 17, 1950) is an American film and television actress, known for her roles as Lynda van der Klok in “Halloween,” Riff Randell in “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” Norma Watson in “Carrie” and Bill Murray’s military girlfriend Stella in “Stripes.”
Soles moved to Manhattan and began acting in commercials and modeling for fashion magazines. 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). She was injured during the filming of “Carrie,” when a blast from a fire hose during the prom scene ruptured her eardrum. 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.
Later that year she played one of the supporting roles in “Halloween” (1978), as the final victim of the Michael Myers character in the classic horror film. John Carpenter wanted her for his film Halloween after seeing “Carrie.” He wrote the part of Lynda especially for her because of the way she said the word “totally“. Soles starred in “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (1979).
Soles had roles in two military comedies, 1980’s “Private Benjamin” and as Bill Murray’s romantic interest in 1981’s” Stripes.”
In 2005 Soles played the victim, Susan, of a family on a murderous rampage in the Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects.”
She was married to J. Steven Soles during her years in New York, but then made the move to Los Angeles to work in TV and movies. She and Soles were divorced, but she decided to retain her name as P.J. Soles. She was later married to actor Dennis Quaid from 1978 to early 1983. Her third marriage was to Skip Holm, who was the stunt pilot on The Right Stuff (1983). They have a son named Sky (born in 1983) and a daughter named Ashley (born in 1988). She and Holm were divorced in 1998.