Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film, in which a young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school’s prom by a humiliating prank. The film is based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel of the same name. It was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film received two Academy Award nominations, one for Sissy Spacek in the title role and one for Piper Laurie as her abusive mother. The film featured numerous young actors including Nancy Allen, William Katt, Amy Irving, and John Travolta, whose careers were launched, or escalated by the film. It also relaunched the screen and television career of Laurie, who had not been active in show business since 1961.