Poltergeist Actress and Early AIDS Activist Zelda Rubinstein Dies


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.


“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.


  1. krazy4u says

    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.

  2. Marcito says

    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!

  3. jamal49 says

    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.

  4. Josh says

    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