January 28, 2010

Vale – Zelda Rubinstein

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 11:15 am

Zelda Rubinstein - 1933-2010

Today we mourn the passing of Poltergeist and Picket Fences star Zelda Rubinstein. Rubinstein appeared in all three Poltergeist films in her role of Tangina Barrons, the original film gaining her a Saturn Award in 1982. Her many other film appearances include Sixteen Candles, Little Witches, Southland Tales and National Lampoons Last Resort. Her TV appearances were limited to mainly guest roles in various shows, however, it was her recurring role as Ginny in Picket Fences, and her narrative work on Scariest Places on Earth, for which is famously remembered.

Rubinstein died this morning of complications arising from previous illness involving lung and kidney failure. She was 76.

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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