Remembering Zelda Rubinstein, for 'Poltergeist' and beyond

R.I.P., Zelda Rubinstein, you will be missed. This lady truly put the character in “character actress. Read the full post.

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  • frelling_cute

    We were just wondering what happened to her while watching Poltergeist the other night. Still a great movie and she was very good in it.

  • Bgun

    She might be small but had a big heart. RIP Zelda.

  • aleksa

    Aww, I liked her. RIP.

  • JM

    Loved her in the Exorcist.

  • Zo

    My favorite will always be “Picket Fences”, but I’m insanely obsessed with that show as a whole!

  • QuiTamTeam

    Teen Witch, hands down!

  • Brian

    She gave such a memorable/eerie performance—such a classic movie. RIP Zelda.

  • psb1962

    JM—YOU WILL BURN IN YOUR VERY OWN RIGHT WING BIGOTTED HELL!!!!
    REST WELL DEAR SWEET ZELDA!!!
    PICKET FENCES WAS YOUR BEST WORK IN MY OPINION…

  • Alan of Montreal

    I loved her on Poltergeist and Picket Fences. I still don’t understand why they killed her off in the latter. And she was definitely the only good thing about Poltergeist 3.

  • OBVI

    She was great on Picket Fences too

  • Zach

    Poltergeist should have nabbed her an Oscar!

  • Tyler St Mark

    In 1984-85, I was honored to conceive and produce what would become the first national AIDS awareness campaign. The spokescharacter for that campaign was a diminutive but charismatic actress named Zelda Rubinstein, who became our nation’ first “Mother” for AIDS prevention, pointing her cooking spoon at countless millions at risk and warning them sternly to “Play Safely.” Zelda Rubinstein was, in fact, the first celebrity spokesperson in any AIDS awareness campaign at a time when it was a huge risk to her fledgling career. For years, “Mother” into bars, clubs–even bathhouses–to promote safe sex and never accepted a cent for her efforts. She was a true pioneer in the battle against AIDS and, although it was a lifetime ago, I hope that, along with her film roles, people will remember her unique contribution to the war against AIDS. Rest in peace, Zelda, you were a giant among us!

  • Iain

    I loved her voice overs in World’s Scariest Places – very eerie

  • TeoNYC

    “Don’t go into the light, Carol-Ann…”

  • Kim

    Or how her hips squeaked as she’s walking down the aisle saying “I need a drink.” She was AWESOME!

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