Catherine Coulson, Twin Peaks‘ “Log Lady,” Passes Away at 71

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According to Variety, actress and filmmaker Catherine Coulson passed away Monday morning from cancer. She was 71.

Although Coulson was perhaps best known for her iconic role as Twin Peaks‘ Log Lady, she also influenced many other productions both in front of and behind the camera. Coulson worked as a camera assistant on films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Modern Romance, and assistant directed David Lynch’s Eraserhead. It was while working on Eraserhead that Coulson and Lynch first devised the Log Lady character; Coulson was set to reprise the role in the upcoming Showtime season of Twin Peaks.

In a statement, Lynch mourned his longtime friend and collaborator:

Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson. Catherine was solid gold. She was always there for her friends — she was filled with love for all people — for her family — for her work. She was a tireless worker. She had a great sense of humor — she loved to laugh and make people laugh. She was a spiritual person — a longtime TM meditator. She was the Log Lady.

Coulson’s agent Mary Dangerfield echoed Lynch’s sentiments: “We are all deeply sad, she meant so much to so many.”

Thank you for all you taught us, Log Lady.


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