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R.I.P. Zelda Rubinstein - Psychic from the movie POLTERGEIST - January 28, 2010, 10:11 AM



Poltergeist actress Zelda Rubinstein dies, aged 76

Rubinstein suffered a heart attack two months ago

Zelda Rubinstein, the US actress best known for her role as the diminutive psychic in 1982 film Poltergeist, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 76.
The 4ft 3in (1.29m) actress died in hospital on Wednesday after recently suffering a heart attack, her agent told the Los Angeles Times.
Eccentric medium Tangina Barrons was her first major role and one she reprised in two Poltergeist sequels.
More recently, Rubinstein appeared in Southland Tales and TV's Picket Fences.
She also appeared in a high-profile Aids public awareness campaign in the 1980s and was an outspoken activist for the rights of people of restricted height.
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Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, the former lab technician was almost 50 when she made her big-screen debut as a woman playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz in 1982's Under the Rainbow.
Poltergeist followed, in which her character came to the assistance of a suburban family living in a haunted house.
Fans will remember her child-like voice exhorting spirits to "go into the light" before declaring "this house is clean".
She went on to appear with Molly Ringwald in Sixteen Candles, before returning as Tangina in Poltergeist II: The Other Side and Poltergeist III.
Rubinstein was sent to hospital at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center two months ago, after suffering a mild heart attack.
"She had ongoing health issues and unfortunately they finally overtook her," her agent Eric Stevens said.


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January 28, 2010, 10:34 AM

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo saw this on digg. So sad Who's gonna help little blond girls come to the light...
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January 28, 2010, 10:55 AM

hasnt something happened to the whole cast from that movie

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January 28, 2010, 11:02 AM

Originally Posted by MikeyB View Post
hasnt something happened to the whole cast from that movie
from wikipedia:

The Poltergeist curse

"The Poltergeist curse" is the rumor of a supposed curse attached to the Poltergeist motion picture series and its stars.
The rumor is superstition largely derived from the fact that four cast members died in the six years between the release of the first film and the release of the third, with one dying during production of the second film. Two of them died at young ages, 12 and 22. It is not clear that these particular films are atypical in the number or nature of the deaths of their actors, and at least two of the supposed victims had serious health problems before becoming attached to the film series.
The actors who are supposed victims of the curse include:
  • Dominique Dunne, who played the oldest sibling Dana in the first movie, died in 1982 at age 22 after being strangled by her jealous boyfriend.[14] The boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in prison, but was paroled after serving three and a half years.[15]
  • Julian Beck, 60-year-old actor who played Kane in Poltergeist II: The Other Side, died in 1985 of stomach cancer diagnosed before he had accepted the role.[16]
  • Will Sampson, 53 years old, who played Taylor the Medicine Man in Poltergeist II, died as a result of post-operative kidney failure and pre-operative malnutrition problems in 1987.[17]
  • Heather O'Rourke, who played Carol Anne in all three Poltergeist movies, died in 1988 at the age of 12 after what doctors initially described as an acute form of influenza but later changed to septic shock after bacterial toxins invaded her bloodstream.[18] At the time, she had suffered acute bowel obstruction, initially diagnosed as Crohn's disease, which may have been the cause of death.
Other occurrences that have been attributed to the curse include:
  • While writing the novelization of the screenplay, author James Kahn told People magazine that seconds after he wrote the line "Lightning ripped open the sky", the building was struck by lightning and all the arcade games in the lounge began playing themselves.
  • Louis "Lou" Perryman, who played Pugsley in the first movie, was murdered at the age of 67 in his Austin, Texas home in April, 2009, by Seth Christopher Tatum (the two did not know each other). Tatum stabbed Perryman several times with a sharp object (possibly an axe) and then stole his car to flee from police due to an unrelated aggravated assault charge.
On January 27, 2010, Zelda Rubinstein, who played the medium Tangina Barroms, died at age 76 from heart attack complications. It is unknown if people consider her death part of the curse.
The Poltergeist series is just one of a handful of movies and television series that have been said to have been cursed. Others include Rebel Without a Cause, The Omen, The Exorcist, Diff'rent Strokes, Seinfeld, Bewitched, Saturday Night Live, The Crow, the In the Heat of the Night TV series, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Our Gang, The Dark Knight and various Superman-related series and films.
The curse is said to be the most famous in movie history.[19]


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