A Different Sphere of Consciousness.

28 Oct

To me Halloween translates to Zelda Rubinstein. Although she is only four feet tall, Zelda has an unarguable presence in late 80s Hollywood as it relates to the supernatural. Often playing roles as soothsayers, witches, and psychics, Zelda strikes both fear and awe from her audience. She first graced audiences in 1982 as Tangina, the creepy mediator in Poltergeist (1982).

Since, her short height and creepy voice has often been uncredited and been put to use in such fantastic works as Teen Witch (1989), Sixteen Candles (1984),Beetlejuice (1988 ), Little Witches (1996), Tales from the Crypt (1992), Hey Arnold! (1999) as Patty’s mom, and most recently as the voiceover for The Scarriest Places on Earth (2000-2006). Two weeks ago, Zelda was parodied in the South Park season 13 premiere, ‘Dead Celebrities.”

Zelda seems to have stopped acting, maybe it’s the lack of Halloween themed movies that are keeping her out of work or maybe old age is finally catching up to her. Zelda Rubenstein, I miss your gaudy gypsy costumes, your words of warlock wisdom and your breathy terrifying voice.

Zelda Rubinstein, I miss your face-Shassie.

11 Responses to “A Different Sphere of Consciousness.”

  1. mkvel October 29, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    Oh my god, I am so scared of Zelda. As a someone who was a wee one in the 80s, I associate her with creepy things. Anywho, I really like your blog. I just started my own blog. Please feel free to check out.


  2. vinner October 29, 2009 at 12:29 am #


  3. vinner October 29, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    very good blog

  4. giveitasecondlook October 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    I remember her! Creepy stuff.


  5. Caroline October 28, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Hey, cool post! I wrote my senior thesis on depictions of Little People in film/television (online here). I sent out letters to ten actors/actresses requesting interviews, and Zelda Rubinstein was the only one who responded. You think her voice is memorable in movies — try having that voice call you up on the phone out of the blue!

    Anyway, we chatted for about an hour and she was extremely nice and willing to answer my questions. She told me that she had announced her retirement from acting in early 2008 and was immediately offered six more feature films to do until the end of 2010. I’m not sure if that changed her decision to retire or not — we may still see her on the big screen some time soon.

    This was a little over a year ago that we chatted, so last I heard she is still living in Los Angeles with her “gentleman friend.” She even invited me to lunch the next time I was in town! I didn’t take her up on the offer because I was nervous, but when I go back to L.A. this winter maybe I will call and see if she still remembers me.

    Anyway, just thought I’d contribute that little update, since you were wondering. An EXTREMELY classy lady whose presence in film is missed dearly.

  6. Pretty Project October 28, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    OMG! That was such a creepy movie! 🙂


  7. Angelia October 28, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Awesome! Poltergeist was the best! You did her proud her today.

  8. yupireadthenewyorker October 28, 2009 at 4:02 am #

    i actually felt she was kind of creepy in “Sixteen Candles.”

  9. dustin October 28, 2009 at 3:46 am #

    I particularly like the last image you’ve posted with the big glasses — a classic look!

  10. NEIL LORD V. GUITANG October 28, 2009 at 3:11 am #

    Eventhough Halloween movies come only during November, Zelda has the potential to hold roles in suspense and horror movies which still prosper today.

    • the Dolce October 28, 2009 at 3:49 am #

      Hello Shassie,

      Cool Blog You’ve got a def subscriber!! Interesting Info about Zelda, I Love those films she was in an esp Beetle Juice. Cant remember her though But will look up those films again an look out 4 her.

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