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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)

Filmography

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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
 1996 Little Witches
Mother Clodah
 1996 Poltergeist: The Legacy (TV Series)
Christina
- The Reckoning (1996) ... Christina
 1995 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
 1992 Goof Troop (TV Series)
- Rally Round the Goof (1992) ... (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)
 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 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)
 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)
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Iris
 1979 Americathon
Show Show Self (10 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

She is the voice of the Skittles commercial "Taste the Rainbow!". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Zelda Rubenstein

Height:

4' 3" (1.3 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on negative portrayals of little people in movies] It's absolutely despicable. You're not an actor if you're just a person that fits into a cute costume. You're a prop. See more »

Trivia:

She formed the non-profit Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theatre Company in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. It was named after the late Oscar-nominated actor, also a little person and highly successful on film and TV. The membership included actors whose height ranged from 3'8" to 4/6". See more »

Trademark:

High pitched raspy voice

Star Sign:

Gemini

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