Helen Shyres
Name: Helen Shyres
Role: Antagonist
Status: Deceased
Cause of Death: Burned
Portrayed by: Edie McClurg
Who, Carrie?...A sackcloth?!
After Norma asks her what's Carrie gonna wear to the prom

Helen Shyres is a character from Carrie (1976). She is portrayed by Edie McClurg.

She is one of the minor characters and took place on throwing tampons at Carrie, even though she has lines in the film. 


Helen was a bully of Carrie, a member of The Ultras and the best friend of Sue and Norma. She was present during the shower scene and also at Miss Collins's detention. During the boot camp style detention Helen is seen to make a very wincy face, because of her being in Miss Collins' detention and not in another teachers detention probably because she is bad at sports.


Helen's Death

Helen is seen getting her hair done for the prom with Norma , laughing because Carrie is going to the prom. and she is later seen (For a split-second) helping Frieda and Sue in the decorations. She attended the prom (only to serve drinks along with Ruth) During the prank Helen is very shocked and speechless. Carrie also hallucinates Helen is laughing. When Carrie starts to close the doors with her TK, Helen quickly panicks. When the mayhem begins, Helen tries to escape with Ruth, but is unable to and is killed when she is knocked roughly over one of the tables and slamming on the hard ground. Ruth and another guy can be seen attending to her body but it appears to be too late. Her body burns with all the other students as the building crumbles to the ground, as Carrie begins to leave the burning gym.


  • Edie McClurg originally had no dialogue in any part of the film, so she decided to improvise instead.
  • In the original script, Helen was giggling in the corner with fear, when Tommy gets hit by the bucket.
  • Helen is the first Ultra member to be killed by Carrie.
  • Helen is remade in The Rage: Carrie 2 as Deborah.
  • Many thought she was a re-formed character, but she turned out to be a bully, because she enjoyed throwing tampons at Carrie. 
  • During the detection, Miss Collins mistakenly called her Katie. 
  • A lot of fans also thought she turned nicer later because of her being shocked, but this was false. 


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