An Ode To Zelda Rubinstein

Actress Zelda Rubinstein passed away yesterday at the age of 76 of natural causes. Zelda may be most well-known as Tangina in “Poltergeist,” but as far as I’m concerned, her finest work was in a little-known film called “Teen Witch” that I was obsessed with back in the day. If you had cable in the late ’80s, there’s no way you missed Zelda as the witch, Madame Serena, in this classic musical. I have one word for you: Netflix. Get back to me after you’ve seen it and we can have a “Top That!” sing-a-long. Zelda may have been small, but she had some huge acting chops. After the jump, some more of Zelda’s performances you might have missed. [PopEater]

  • Mother Clodagh in “Little Witches.” Don’t miss Zelda as a witchy elder in this semi-pornographic, semi-Satanic rip-off of the “The Craft.”
  • Ginny Weedon in “Picket Fences.” Zelda played the feisty police dispatcher in this popular CBS ’90s drama.
  • Old Hermit in “National Lampoon’s Last Resort.” You might have missed this flick considering it went straight to video. Plot? The Coreys (Feldman and Haim) go to scuba school. I’m thinking Zelda’s small part may be the highlight.
  • The Organist in “Sixteen Candles.” You were nothing in the ’80s if you weren’t in this film. Zelda made an appearance in the wedding scene. If you blink, you might miss her, but it’s a hilarious cameo.