The Towering Inferno aired today and it's the first time I've watched it since I read the second of the two books it was based on (The Tower and The Glass Inferno), and damn it's so frustrating the way they treated Lisolette.
(movie and book are over 40 years old, so I'm not doing spoiler space)
In the movie, Lisolette leaves the party during the evacuation and ends up on her own floor to check on her deaf neighbour. She meets up with Jernigan (who rescues the neighbour) and Roberts the architect who brings her and the neighbours kids with him, and they end up having to go back to the party. Lisolette gets a place on the scenic elevator but dies when it's knocked off its tracks by an explosion. She's mourned by Claiborne the conman who'd been trying to fleece her
In the book however, Lisolette deliberately leaves before the evacuation gets going and meets up with Jernigan and a few firefighters at the neighbours apartment. Lisolette and the kids (three of them not two), get separated from the others on the way down, and Lisolette not only manages to climb down the damaged handrail with a kid on her back, but also gets them down safely without having to go near the top floor.
I know that since Paul Newman was playing Roberts, he was naturally going to get to be a big damn hero, but I wish they hadn't had to downgrade Lisolette in order to have that happen.