Zelda Rubinstein

Highest Rated: 86% Sixteen Candles (1984)
Birthday: May 28, 1933
Birthplace: Not Available
Standing 4'3", and possessed of a nails-on-the-blackboard speaking voice, actress Zelda Rubinstein specialized in eccentric characterizations. She was appropriately cast as one of the Little People in her first film, Under the Rainbow (1981). Her best-remembered screen role was Tangina, the disastrously self-assured exorcist in the first two Poltergeist films. Zelda's declaration that "This house is clean" has to be the most famous speaking-too-soon miscalculations in movie history. She was later seen in oddball minor roles as domineering mamas, witches, snoops and gamblers. TV fans know Zelda Rubinstein best as Ginny Weedon on the weekly cult favorite Picket Fences (1992-95). In January of 2010, after a long run-in with health issues, Rubinstein passed away at a respiratory hospital in Los Angeles.


Highest Rated Movies



38% Southland Tales Dr. Katarina Kuntzler $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold Bunny 2007
76% Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Mrs. Collinwood 2006
No Score Yet Cages Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Wild Card Actor 2004
No Score Yet Wishcraft Coroner 2002
No Score Yet Lover's Knot Woman in Clinic 1996
No Score Yet Little Witches Mother Clodah 1996
No Score Yet Timemaster Betting Clerk 1995
No Score Yet Acting on Impulse Nosy lady 1993
No Score Yet Guilty as Charged Edna 1992
No Score Yet Stormy Weathers Rosamund 1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw O'Malley 1991
38% Teen Witch Serena 1989
60% Anguish Mother 1988
18% Poltergeist III Tangina Barrons 1988
37% Poltergeist II: The Other Side Tangina Barrons 1986
86% Sixteen Candles Organist 1984
86% Poltergeist Tangina Barrons 1982
0% Under the Rainbow Iris 1981


No Score Yet Martin
Nurse Froyd
  • 1997
82% Picket Fences
Ginny Weeden Virginia Ginny
  • 1993
  • 1992
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1992