Regan Teresa MacNeil is a fictional character from William Peter Blatty's horror novel and film The Exorcist and its first sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic. The character was portrayed by actress Linda Blair.
Regan Teresa MacNeil was portrayed by Linda Blair in the 1973 film The Exorcist and its 1977 sequel Exorcist II: The Heretic.
Actress/comedianne April Winchell was seriously considered for the part of Regan MacNeil until she had developed a serious kidney infection, which caused her to be hospitalized and ultimately taken out of consideration. Child actress Pamelyn Ferdin was also considered for the part, but casting directors felt she had too familiar of a face at the time.
Regan MacNeil is a 12-year-old girl and the daughter of actress Chris MacNeil. Regan is caught between her mother's grueling working schedule and the fact that her parents are in the process of splitting up (her father is in Europe and is not seen in the movie).
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