Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today marks a very sad day for film fans and horror fans alike. Zelda Rubinstein died at age 76 while at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. From what I read, it was complications from kidney and lung failure, however before she was moved to Barlow she was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
She will always and forever be immortalized as the character Tangina Barrons, the lovable medium from the Poltergeist films and she created character that was both original and memorable. She was a great woman and she became a staple in cinema history. Her role in Poltergeist has been parodied, influential and even Simpsonized. However, she has done other work besides Poltergeist. She has done voiceover work in various cartoons and TV shows and recently she had started in Southland Tales and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. She has done a number of television shows ranging from “Hey Arnold” to “Tales from the Crypt” to “Scariest Places on Earth.”
I can say, on my end, that I am actually really sadden by this news because she seemed like a really nice person and it was always my dream to pick her up and give her a hug. I will say that she will be dearly missed, not just by her family but by her many fans as well. We will always remember her for what she accomplished and what she has given to film. With that said, rest in peace Zelda Rubinstein.