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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)
Southland Tales
Southland Tales Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
(2006)
Poltergeist III
Poltergeist III Tangina Barrons
(1988)
Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles Organist
(1984)

Filmography

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 2014 Strange Matters
Agnes Sampson
 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)
 2006 Southland Tales
Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
 2006 Unbeatable Harold
Bunny
 2005 Angels with Angles
Zelda, God's Assistant
 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 Hey Arnold! (TV Series)
Patty's Mother
- Grudge Match/Polishing Rhonda (1999) ... Patty's Mother (voice)
 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
 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
- Frosted Flakes (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)
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)
 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
 1989 Teen Witch
Madame Serena
 1988 Poltergeist III
Tangina Barrons
 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)
 1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Tangina Barrons
 1984 Sixteen Candles
Organist
 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)
Madame Wanda
- One of Our Jars Is Missing (1983) ... Madame Wanda
 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)
 1982 Poltergeist
Tangina
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Iris
 1980 The Flintstone Comedy Show (TV Series)
Atrocia Frankenstone
- The Frankenstones: Potion Problems (1980) ... Atrocia Frankenstone (voice)
- The Flintstone Family Adventures: R.V. Fever (1980) ... Atrocia Frankenstone (voice)
 1979 Americathon
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played the role of a mother in a series of TV commercials warning about AIDS called L.A. Cares. Zubinstein also was featured in various newspaper and billboard ads as the mother character for the same campaign. 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:

She attended the first AIDS Project Los Angeles AIDS Walk in 1985. See more »

Trademark:

High pitched raspy voice

Star Sign:

Gemini

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