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Zelda Rubinstein (1933–2010)


Marvelously quirky, distinctive, and diminutive 4' 3" character actress Zelda Rubinstein was born on May 28, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of three children and the only little person in her family. Zelda received a scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning a degree in bacteriology, Rubinstein worked... See full bio »

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 2000-2006 Scariest Places on Earth (TV Series)
Narrator
- Legendary Haunts (2006) ... Narrator (voice)
- Return to Transylvania (2002) ... Narrator (voice)
- Urban Legends (2001) ... Narrator (voice)
- Haunted Voodoo Plantation (2001) ... Narrator (voice)
- Oranmore Castle (2001) ... Narrator (voice)
 2005 Angels with Angles
Zelda the Angel
 2005 Cages
Liz
 2004 The Wild Card (Video)
Mrs. Stanfield
 2002 Wishcraft
Medical Examiner
 2001 The Flintstones: On the Rocks (TV Movie)
Psychiatrist (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 2000 Maria & Jose (Short)
Doctor
 2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
Pawn Shop Lady
- Corn Man (2000) ... Pawn Shop Lady
 1999 Frank in Five (Short)
Waitress
 1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights
Princess Shalazar
 1998 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Phyllis
- Caroline and the Little White Lies (1998) ... Phyllis
 1997 Critics and Other Freaks
Theatre Director
 1997 Mama Dolly
Mama Dolly
 1997 Chock 2 - Kött (TV Short)
Mamman
 1997 Martin (TV Series)
Nurse Froyd
- One Flew over the Hoochie's Nest (1997) ... Nurse Froyd
 1996 Little Witches
Mother Clodah
 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV Series)
Christina
- The Reckoning (1996) ... Christina
 1996 Lover's Knot
Woman in Clinic
 1995 Timemaster
Betting Clerk
 1992-1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Ginny Weedon
- Howard's End (1994) ... Ginny Weedon
- My Left Shoe (1994) ... Ginny Weedon (credit only)
- Buried Alive (1994) ... Ginny Weedon (credit only)
- System Down (1994) ... Ginny Weedon
 1994/II Last Resort (Video)
Old Hermit
 1993 Acting on Impulse (TV Movie)
Nosy lady
 1993 Goof Troop (TV Series)
- Rally Round the Goof (1993) ... (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Nora
- The New Arrival (1992) ... Nora
 1992 Stormy Weathers (TV Movie)
Rosamund
 1991 Darkwing Duck (TV Series)
Darkwing Duck's Mother / Negaduck's Mother
- The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck (1991) ... Darkwing Duck's Mother / Negaduck's Mother (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV Movie)
Butterfingers O'Malley
 1991 Guilty as Charged
Edna
 1990 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (TV Series)
Elvira Nivens
- The Man from ELF (1990) ... Elvira Nivens
 1984-1990 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Gladys Bittleworth / Mental Patient
- Episode #1.1454 (1990) ... Gladys Bittleworth
- Episode #1.1453 (1990) ... Gladys Bittleworth
- Episode #1.1447 (1990) ... Gladys Bittleworth
- Episode #1.1446 (1990) ... Gladys Bittleworth
- Episode #1.1442 (1990) ... Gladys Bittleworth
 1990 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series)
Murphy
- Bad Marsha (1990) ... Murphy
 1987 Sable (TV Series)
Sister Glory
- Evangelist (1987) ... Sister Glory
 1987 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Old Woman
- The Dancing Princesses (1987) ... Old Woman
 1987 Anguish
Mother
 1987 The Tortellis (TV Series)
Cookie Detzer
- The Ad Game (1987) ... Cookie Detzer
 1986 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Ralph's Mother
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1986) ... Ralph's Mother (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 1984 Whiz Kids (TV Series)
Madame Zerleena
- Amen to Amen-Re (1984) ... Madame Zerleena
 1983 A Chip of Glass Ruby
Daughter
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Flower Girl
- Target: Miss World (1983) ... Flower Girl
 1983 Jennifer Slept Here (TV Series)
 1982 Frances
Mental Patient (as Zelda Rubenstein)
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Iris
 1980 The Flintstone Comedy Show (TV Series)
Atrocia Frankenstone
- The Flintstone Family Adventures: R.V. Fever (1980) ... Atrocia Frankenstone (voice)
 1979 Americathon
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Other Works:

Voices various film trailers. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Zelda Rubenstein

Height:

4' 3" (1.3 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on her decision to become an actress] I had to do something creative. It was an internal feeling that I was sabotaging myself. See more »

Trivia:

During the filming of Poltergeist III (1988), she was doing a photo shoot when she paused and lurched. Director Gary Sherman was present and asked her what was wrong, she responded with a comment like "I don't know, was just a jolt. I'm fine." Several minutes later Sherman was pulled aside and told they would have to let Rubenstein go from the film -- her mother had just died. After developing ... See more »

Trademark:

High pitched raspy voice

Star Sign:

Gemini

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