Zelda Rubinstein Biography

Birthday: 1933-05-28
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 4' 3" (1.30 m)
Wiki Biography: Marvelously quirky, distinctive, and diminutive 4' 3" character actress Zelda Rubinstein was born on May 28, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of three children and the only little person in her family. Zelda received a scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning a degree in bacteriology, Rubinstein worked as a lab technician in blood banks. In 1978 Zelda decided to pursue an acting career. She studied acting at the University of California. Rubinstein made her film debut in the comedy "Under the Rainbow." Zelda achieved her greatest enduring popularity as feisty and eccentric psychic Tangina Barrons in the hit horror classic "Poltergeist." Rubinstein went on to play Tangina in the two sequels and made a guest appearance as a seer on an episode of the spin-off TV series "Poltergeist: The Legacy." Zelda was also memorable as domineering mother Alice Pressman in the cult fright feature "Anguish." She had a regular role as down-to-earth police dispatcher Ginny Weedon on the hugely successful TV series "Picket Fences." Among the TV shows Rubinstein made guest appearances on are "Matt Houston," "Santa Barbara," "Mr. Belvedere," "Tales from the Crypt," "Martin," "Caroline in the City," and "The Pretender." She narrated the TV series "The Scariest Places on Earth" and lent her unique high-pitched voice to various movie trailers and TV commercials. An outspoken social activist, Zelda was a staunch advocate for the rights of little people who formed the nonprofit Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theater Company in Los Angeles in 1985. Moreover, in the mid 80's Rubinstein was featured as a mother character in a high-profile ad campaign called L.A. Cares that warned gay men about AIDS. One of the first celebrities to contribute to AIDS awareness, Zelda participated in the first AIDS Project Los Angeles AIDS Walk and attended the 25th Anniversary Walk on October 12, 2009. She died of natural causes at age 76 at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, California on January 27, 2010.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Flintstone Comedy Show Atrocia Frankenstone 1980 - 1982
Picket Fences Ginny Weedon 1992 - 1996 Drama
The Scariest Places on Earth 2000 Horror
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Poltergeist II: The Other Side Tangina Barrons 1986 Fantasy, Horror
Anguish Mother 1988 Horror, Thriller
Poltergeist III Tangina Barrons 1988 Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Guilty As Charged Edna 1991 Comedy
Timemaster Betting Clerk 1995 Adventure
Little Witches 1996
Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Princess Shalazar 1998 Adventure
The Flintstones: On the Rocks 2001 Animation, Comedy, Family
Wishcraft 2002 Horror
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Mrs. Collinwood 2006
Cages Liz 2007 Drama
Strange Matters Agnes Sampson 2014 Horror
Poltergeist Tangina 2015 Game Show