PICKET FENCES/CBS/1992-96 (Little Person)
Ginny Weeden (Zelda Rubenstein), 4′ 3″ tall eavesdropping, busybody of a receptionist with a high-pitched raspy voice who worked for the police department in the town of Rome, Wisconsin.
The Ginny Weeden character appeared on 44 episodes of PICKET FENCES from 1992 to 1994.
- On episode “High Tidings” (1992), Ginny Weedon is held hostage by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve with Police officer Maxine “Max” Stewart (Lauren Holly).
- On episode “Rights of Passage” (1993), Ginny Weedon leads a protest of Little People (Dwarfs) offended by the use of hormones to stimulate the growth of an undersized little boy.
- On episode “Cold Spell (1994) Police officers Maxine Stewart and Kenny Lacos (Costas Mandylor) sought out Ginny for advice on the occult only to discover her body frozen to death after falling into her home freezer chest. Ginny had retired as a receptionist from the police force.
Note: Born May 28, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actress Zelda Rubenstein died from complications from a heart attack (kidney and lung failure) at Barlow Respiratory Hospital on January 27, 2010 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California.
“It’s absolutely despicable. You’re not an actor if you’re just a person that fits into a cute costume. You’re a prop.” – Rubenstein on little persons in the movies.
Rubenstein formed the non-profit Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theatre Company in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. It was named after the late Oscar-nominated actor, also a little person and highly successful on film and TV. The membership included actors whose height ranged from 3′ 8″ to 4′ 6″.
Rubenstein is best remembered as the ghost-busting psychic in the movie Poltergeist (1982) and its subsequent sequels in Poltergeist II (1986) and Poltergeist III (1988).
See also: Picket Fences (2)