Carrie launched the careers of several of its cast members and marked Piper Laurie's return to the screen after a 15-year absence. Sissy Spacek was originally intended to play the part of Chris Hargenson (played by Nancy Allen), until her husband, Carrie art director Jack Fisk, convinced director Brian De Palma to give her a shot at the lead role. Her audition so pleased De Palma that she won the part instantly. Spacek, who had worked with husband Fisk on the production design for another De Palma film, Phantom of the Paradise, brought all of Carrie's adolescent anger and humiliation together in a performance it's hard to imagine any other actress matching.
Betty Buckley, who plays the gym teacher in the film, went on to star as Carrie's mother in the misbegotten musical version of Carrie. The song "When There's No One" from the show is included on Buckley's Sterling records release Children Will Listen. No official cast album exists, although several unofficial recordings have been made.
Nancy Allen's part in Carrie lead her on to more films with De Palma (Home Movies, Dressed to Kill, Blow Out) and into their three-year marriage.
The parts of Sue Snell and her mother are played by real-life daughter and mother Amy Irving and Priscilla Pointer.
P.J. Soles was three years from her immortal performance in Rock and Roll High School (1979) when she landed the role of Norma.
William Katt followed up his heartthrob role in Carrie with the surfing favorite Big Wednesday (1978). He hit it big in the musical sensation Pippin, before becoming The Greatest American Hero in 1981.
And John Travolta was only a few film parts beyond Welcome Back Cotter and had Saturday Night Fever/i> just around the corner when he appeared in Carrie as Billy Nolan.