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Zelda Rubinstein

Highest Rated:   88% Poltergeist (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% Under the Rainbow (1981)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% Southland Tales
  • Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
$0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold
  • Bunny
2007
74% 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 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
  • O'Malley
1991
43% 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
88% Poltergeist
  • Tangina Barrons
1982
0% Under the Rainbow
  • Iris
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Martin
1992-1997
  • Nurse Froyd
  • 1997

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