Rubinstein, Zelda 1936–

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RUBINSTEIN, Zelda 1936

(Zelda Rubenstein)


Born January 1, 1936, in Pittsburgh, PA. Education: Studied medical technology at University of Pittsburgh; attended University of California, Berkeley; attended California State University.

Addresses: Agent Michael Slessinger & Associates, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 270, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Career: Actress and voice performer. ZR Productions, founder; appeared in television commercial for Skittles. Previously worked as a medical laboratory technologist, late 1960s1970s.

Awards, Honors: Apex Award, actress in a supporting rolefantasy/science fiction/horror, 1982, Saturn Award, best supporting actress, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1983, for Poltergeist.


Film Appearances:

Iris, Under the Rainbow, Warner Bros., 1981.

Tangina Barrons, Poltergeist, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1982.

(As Zelda Rubenstein) Mental patient, Frances, Universal, 1982.

Daughter, A Chip of Glass Ruby, 1983.

Organist, Sixteen Candles, MCA/Universal, 1984.

Tangina Barrons, Poltergeist II: The Other Side (also known as Poltergeist II ), MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1986.

Alice Pressman, the mother, Angustia (also known as Anguish ), Fox Video, 1987.

Tangina Barrons, Poltergeist III (also known as Poltergeist III: The Final Chapter ), MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1988.

Madame Serena, Teen Witch, Transworld, 1989.

Edna, Guilty as Charged, Columbia TriStar, 1991.

Old hermit, Last Resort, 1994.

Betting clerk, Timemaster, MCA/Universal, 1995.

Woman in clinic, Lover's Knot, Cabin Fever, 1996.

Mother Clodah, Little Witches, APix Entertainment, 1996.

Title role, Mama Dolly, 1997.

Princess Shalazar, Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights, Sucvia, 1998.

Doctor, Maria & Jose, American Film Institute, 2000.

Coroner, Wishcraft, Wishcraft LLC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Voices of twins Tim and Tom, The Roquefort Gang, CBS, 1985.

Voice of Ralph's mother, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, ABC, 1986.

Old woman, The Dancing Princess, Showtime, 1987.

Presenter, The Horror Hall of Fame, syndicated, 1990.

VH1 Where Are They Now: Horror Movie Stars, VH1, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Gladys Biddleworth, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1990.

Ginny Weedon, Picket Fences, CBS, 19921993.

Narrator, The Scariest Places on Earth, Fox Family, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Rosamund, Stormy Weathers, ABC, 1992.

Nosy lady, Acting on Impulse (also known as Eyes of a Stranger, Roses Are Dead, Secret Lies, and Secret Lives ), Showtime, 1993.

Mother, Chock 2Koett, 1997.

(As Zelda Rubenstein) Voice of psychiatrist, The Flint-stones: On the Rocks (animated), Cartoon Network, 2001.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Scruffy, I Gave at the Office, NBC, 1984.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Butterfingers O'Malley, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Flower girl, "Target: Miss World," Matt Houston, ABC, 1983.

Madame Zerleena, "Amen to AmenRe," Whiz Kids, CBS, 1984.

"Bad Marsha," Mr. Belvedere, ABC, 1985.

"A Three Hat Day," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1987.

"Evangelist," Sable, ABC, 1987.

Nora, "The New Arrival," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1992.

Voice of Patty's mother, "Polishing Rhonda," Hey Arnold! (animated), Nickelodeon, 1996.

Christina, "The Reckoning," Poltergeist: The Legacy, Showtime, SciFi Channel, and syndicated, 1996.

Phyllis, "Caroline and the Little White Lies," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1998.

Voice of Patty's mother, "Grudge Match/Polishing Rhonda," Hey Arnold! (animated), NBC, 2000.

Tony/pawn shop lady, "Corn Man," The Pretender, NBC, 2000.

Also appeared as voice of Madame Zeldarina, "Rally Round the Goof," Goof Troop (animated); voice of Atrocia, Flintstone Family Adventures (animated), NBC; voice of Atrocia, The Flintstone Funnies (animated), NBC; Nurse Froyd, Martin, Fox; Frank, The Watcher, UPN.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, National Theatre of the Deaf, William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ.



Empire, 1997, p. 46.

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