Zelda Rubinstein, Poltergeist Star, Dies At 76

January 27, 2010

Actress Zelda Rubinstein of Poltergeist fame, died of natural causes this week. She was 76-years-old. Get the story here.

Zelda Rubinstein

One of the most frightening elements of my 80’s childhood has to be Speilberg’s horror masterpiece ‘Poltergeist.’ Yes, the fear instilled in me by that film, and to some extent its sequels, is greater than growing up wearing blinding bright colors, big hair, and listening to absurd synth-pop in my massive, three pound Sony ‘Walkman.’

A major part of the movie’s effect was the wildly talented Zelda Rubinstein, and her eerie portrayal of a psychic medium charged with contacting the family’s missing daughter, Carol Anne. The intensity in her eyes when her character began investigating the phenomenon was palpable.

Here is my favorite quote from the film, spoken in her sedate, raspy voice:

“I don’t know what hovers over this house, but it was strong enough to punch a hole into this world and take your daughter away from you. It keeps Carol Anne very close to it and away from the spectral light. It LIES to her, it tells her things only a child could understand…”

Sadly, the 4’3” actress’ health began to spiral downward late last year. She had been hospitalized since November after having suffering from a heart attack and loss of function in two major organs. Then in late December, she was removed from life support.

Her final days were spent at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in LA, where she passed away Wednesday January 27th.

Radar Online quoted a close friend of Rubinstein’s:

“At 1:59 this morning Zelda left us. She was very much at peace when she finally rested…”

Although she has left the physical realm, her work will forever be a part of cinematic history. May she rest in peace.

Here are some photos, and a video of the late Zelda Rubinstein’s Poltergeist performance.

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Pictures: PR Photos

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