Washington Post - Tuesday, June 14, 1988
Author: Chuck Conconi, Washington Post Staff Writer
"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubinstein, who has been performing at the Arena Stage in "The Cherry Orchard," slipped quietly out to suburban Virginia Friday to see "Poltergeist III." It was the first time she had seen the film, which opened that day. "I drove out to Fair Oaks with three of my Arena Stage colleagues because I didn't want to be in any crowds, and I was totally undetected." Rubinstein, who plays the eccentric clairvoyant who battles the spooky apparitions in the "Poltergeist" films, said it was also her first time seeing Heather O'Rourke since the child actor died Feb. 1
"It was real painful for me," Rubinstein explained. "I loved that child. I met her when she was 5, and she was 12 when she terminated." The fragile, fair-haired O'Rourke had the first movie's most famous line -- facing the crackling blank television screen, she said, "They're here." In the second film she announced, "They're back." Those haunting images became a major part of the "Poltergeist" advertising campaigns.
The diminutive actress said she couldn't talk about her reaction to seeing the movie because she had worked so closely with O'Rourke over the three films. "I reacted like any sensitive human being," she added. "I am very grieved." With "The Cherry Orchard" run completed, Rubinstein said she was leaving town today for two film projects, but she said she told anyone who would listen at Arena that she'll come back anytime she's wanted.
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Edited by Tim, 22 January 2009 - 09:45 AM.