Wow. Three celebrity passings yesterday. Author J. D. Salinger (91) , my favorite historian (and author) Howard Zinn (87), as well as actress and Pittsburgh native Zelda Rubinstein (76). You may remember Zelda from one of her many quirky roles, but she is best remembered as Tangina Barrons, the psychic medium from the Poltergeist films. They still give me nightmares. And while she may have only stood 4 feet 3 inches tall, her on-screen presence was larger than life. Zelda will also be remembered for her human rights activism for little people and HIV/AIDS work in the ’80s.
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