Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WOMAN OF THE WEEK: Zelda Rubinstein

Hello out there. I've decided to move the Woman of the Week special to Wednesdays. One of my majors here at school is English...and I like alliteration.  So eventually when my blog becomes super-popular, we can call it the WWW. Wednesday's Woman of the Week! Sound good? Thought so :)

This week, we are featuring a woman with arguably one of the most recognizable voices in the horror industry. [except maybe that of Jigsaw].  Character actress Zelda Rubinstein is one of those actresses that "everyone knows, but doesn't know who she is."  It's about time we paid attention to a true talent, and a downright sweet woman.  

While she's best known as playing the off-beat medium Tangina Barrons in the Poltergeist series.  She also has contributed many other roles and voice overs in the horror world.  

Standing proud at a towering 4'0", Zelda was originally working in the medical field.  She was hired for a few commercials but because of her very "different" voice, she was picked up as a regular on The Flintstones.  She auditioned for the role in Poltergeist and made the role Tangina the iconic character she has become.  I'm sure that people all over the place could hear the quote "This house is clean" and instantly think of her. Her haunting little voice gave her character a dose of terrifying, with a hint of sweet. 
She did an episode of the cult classic television show Tales From The Crypt where she portrayed a mother of a daughter who has been dead for over 40 years.  She did a few little small time movies here or there and even reprised her role as a psychic in the cult classic film Teen Witch. She plays a psychic witch who trains another girl who is in fact a witch.  Gives her spells to make her more popular, you know, the usual.  

Then one of my absolute favorite shows EVER aired on public television.  Hosted by Linda Blair and narrated by Zelda Rubinstein, Scariest Places on Earth showed around the Halloween season for 6 years.  When the show started to fall and the hauntings didn't seem real anymore, [maybe because the crew admits to staging events...]the one thing that kept the spook was Rubinstein's eerie voice telling tales of horror.   

1 comment(s):

Phantom of Pulp said...

Thanks for this excellent post about Zelda.

I know Zelda, and have dined with her on a couple of occasions.

She is a sweet, original, caring lady who is very committed to her craft.

You are a legend for singling her out for continued infamy.

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