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Poltergeist’s Diminutive Psychic Zelda Rubinstein Dies

12 February 2010 11:17 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Character actress Zelda Rubinstein was best known for her role in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist. She starred as psychic Tangina Barrons, who’s small stature and childlike voice added more chills to the 1982 horror film about demonic forces at a suburban home. She reprised her role in the two sequels Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988).

Rubinstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 28, 1933. She worked as a medical technician, before embarking upon an acting career in the early 1980s. the 4′3″ actress was cast in the 1981 film Under the Rainbow, and she became an outspoken critic of the way little people portraying Munchkins in the film were depicted. She soon formed the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company in Los Angeles to give acting opportunities to other little people.

Though of small size, she also made a large impression in the films Anguish (1987), Teen Witch (1989), Guilty as Charged »

- Harris Lentz

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