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'Poltergeist' star Zelda Rubinstein dead at 76

Horror fans everywhere are mourning the death today of one of the genre's most beloved actresses. Zelda Rubinstein, who was perhaps most famous for her role as Tagina in the 1982 film Poltergeist, passed away today from natural causes at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She was 76-years old.

Rubinstein was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center two months ago after suffering a heart attack. "She had ongoing health issues and unfortunately they finally overtook her," said her agent, Eric Stevens.

A former medical technician, Zelda Rubinstein made her film debut in the 1981 comedy Under the Rainbow, where she starred as a little person. From there she went on to do Poltergeist and its two sequels, which solidified her as a staple in the horror genre. She was the voice over for The Scariest Places on Earth television show, and her last film role was as Mrs. Collinwood in the independent horror film, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

Rubinstein is survived by no immediate family members. There will be no public service, but a celebration of her life and work will be held at a later time.


  • Jennifer Hudock, Harrisburg Book Examiner 4 years ago

    :( Wow. She has been in so many movies. The film industry will be at a loss without her.

  • M.Duhamel 4 years ago

    She was also was also known for her outspoken activism for little people and her early participation in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
    She will be sadly missed.


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