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    Wee Poltergeist Psychic Zelda Rubinstein Dies

    As Tangina said, "There is no death. It is only a transition to a different sphere of consciousness."

    Zelda Rubinstein, the tiny-voiced actress who played the psychic called upon to help a surburban family rid their home of a demonic force in 1982's Poltergeist, died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital. She was 76.

    Rubinstein's agent, Eric Stevens, told the L.A. Times that the veteran character actress was hospitalized two months ago after suffering a mild heart attack.

    Standing at only 4 feet 3 inches tall and managing to look both aged and child-like at the same time, Rubinstein made a career playing offbeat—and often scene-stealing—characters, who often had a yen for the supernatural, such as Tangina in Poltergeist (and its lesser sequels) and the spell-casting Serena in Teen Witch.

    Rubinstein was a regular on Picket Fences from 1992 to 1994. She most recently appeared in the sprawling ensemble film Southland Tales and served as narrator of the Fox Family series The Scariest Places on Earth.

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    Will Buried or any of the other Top 25 Buzz Films from this year's Sundance Film Festival have the staying power that Poltergeist had?

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