Zelda Rubinstein
Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1936
Birth Place:
Pittsburgh, PA

Biography

Standing 4'3", and possessed of a nails-on-the-blackboard speaking voice, actress Zelda Rubinstein specialized in eccentric characterizations. She was appropriately cast as one of the Little People in her first film, Under the Rainbow (1981). Her best-remembered screen role was Tangina, the disastrously self-assured exorcist in the first two Poltergeist films. Zelda's declaration that "This house is clean" has to be the most famous speaking-too-soon miscalculations in movie history. She was later seen in oddball minor roles as domineering mamas, witches, snoops and gamblers. TV fans know Zelda Rubinstein best as Ginny Weedon on the weekly cult favorite Picket Fences (1992-95). In January of 2010, after a long run-in with health issues, Rubinstein passed away at a respiratory hospital in Los Angeles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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