‘The Twins from ‘The Shining’

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 1, 2007

Q Whatever became of the twin girls in the movie The Shining?
—Terry Olney, Lincoln, Neb.

Lisa and Louise Burns were 12 when they appeared in the 1980 movie adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel about a haunted hotel. Cast as a pair of identically dressed British tykes—who happened to be dead—their onscreen time was brief, and they only had one haunting line ("Come play with us, Danny . . . forever and ever and ever.") But their scene has an enduring creepiness that has lasted for nearly three decades. They never made another movie and grew up outside the spotlight in their hometown of London, where Lisa earned a college degree in literature and Louise works as a microbiologist.