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Zelda Rubinstein (1933–2010)


A marvelously quirky and distinctive 4' 3" character actress, with a larger-than-life presence on film and TV, Zelda Rubinstein gave up a long and stable career in the medical field as a lab technician in order to strive for something more self-fulfilling as middle age settled in. At the age of 45, the feisty lady gave up the comfort of a stable ... See full bio »

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Known For

Poltergeist
Poltergeist Tangina
(1982)
Poltergeist II: The Other Side
(1986)
Anguish
Anguish Mother
(1987)

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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)
 2001 The Flintstones: On the Rocks (TV Movie)
Psychiatrist (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 2000 The Pretender (TV Series)
Pawn Shop Lady
- Corn Man (2000) ... Pawn Shop Lady
 1998 Caroline in the City (TV Series)
Phyllis
- Caroline and the Little White Lies (1998) ... Phyllis
 1997 Chock 2 - Kött (TV Short)
Mamman
 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV Series)
Christina
- The Reckoning (1996) ... Christina
 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
 1993 Acting on Impulse (TV Movie)
Nosy lady
 1992 Goof Troop (TV Series)
Madame Zeldarina
- Rally Round the Goof (1992) ... Madame Zeldarina (voice, as Zelda Rubenstein)
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Nora
- The New Arrival (1992) ... Nora
 1992 Stormy Weathers (TV Movie)
Rosamund
 1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV Movie)
Butterfingers O'Malley
 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)
 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 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 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Flower Girl
- Target: Miss World (1983) ... Flower Girl
 1983 Jennifer Slept Here (TV Series)
 1982 The Gary Coleman Show (TV Series)
Additional Voices
- You Oughtta' Be in Pictures/Derby Daze (1982) ... Additional Voices (voice)
- Fouled Up Fossils/Going, Going, Gone (1982) ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Personal Details

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:

Attended the University of California and the University of Pittsburgh. See more »

Trademark:

High pitched raspy voice

Star Sign:

Gemini

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