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Poltergeist Actress and Early AIDS Activist Zelda Rubinstein Dies

Zelda

I posted a link in the news round-up to a news item regarding the death of Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role as Tangina Barrons, the psychic in Poltergeist.

There's certainly more that she should be remembered for, however, than her search for Carol Anne.

Via LGBT POV:

“Zelda not only lent her support to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center—before it was popular for celebrities to support AIDS and LGBT organizations–she volunteered to star in a groundbreaking HIV prevention campaign for us,” said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  “The image of her on billboards and posters, saying to a shirtless guy holding an umbrella: ‘don’t forget your rubbers,’ is now iconic.  She will be deeply missed.”

Advocate has an interesting interview with Rubinstein about her AIDS activism.

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  1. R.I.P. Zelda Rubenstein and thank you for supporting the LGBT community when so many other's left us in the dark. I know your a shining star in heaven.

    Posted by: krazy4u | Jan 27, 2010 5:55:19 PM


  2. That iconic poster is a collector's item to a generation of men like myself, who in the face of compounded greif & uncertainty, were so grateful for any advocate to speak up & out about AIDS/HIV. This poster was an antidote to the shock/fear of America discovering Rock Hudson was G-A-Y and dying of AIDS! Zelda made it okay for big names to follow her lead, like Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who took the baton and ran with it.

    Bright blessings to (& from) sweet Zelda!

    Posted by: Marcito | Jan 27, 2010 6:29:24 PM


  3. I loved her in Sixteen Candles. RIP Zelda.

    Posted by: TJ | Jan 27, 2010 6:33:03 PM


  4. Go into the light, Zelda Rubinstein.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 27, 2010 6:41:12 PM


  5. RIP MY DEAR.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jan 27, 2010 10:51:46 PM


  6. Rest In Peace, Zelda. Thank you for your work.

    Posted by: rick | Jan 28, 2010 12:05:03 AM


  7. R.I.P. angel, and say hello to Heather, I'm sure she's been watching over you.

    Posted by: CJ | Jan 28, 2010 6:00:29 AM


  8. Lovely comments. Marcito's comment was very moving as I, too, remember when all backs were turned and all doors were closed against us, but Zelda Rubinstein stood up and held out her hand courageously to our community and asked "What can I do?" God bless her. May she rest in blissful peace.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 28, 2010 11:24:56 AM


  9. I liked her a lot but I was not aware of her support for the filth of America FAGS and LESBIANS...They should all get AIDS

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 28, 2010 4:21:28 PM


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