A new “Twin Peaks” series is currently in the works, but fans of the mystery-thriller franchise will be sad to learn that one of the original stars has passed away. It is being reported that Catherine E. Coulson passed away on Monday, September 28th after succumbing to cancer. The Oregon native was 71-years-old.
Coulson appeared as The Log Lady in 12 episodes of the original “Twin Peaks” series that aired from 1990 to 1991. She would later reprise the role in the 1992 prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. With the new season of “Twin Peaks” slated to air in 2017, Catherine was rumored to appear in nine of the episodes that are currently in pre-production.
A jack of all trades, Catherine did a lot more for horror and science fiction than “Twin Peaks.” She had a role in Trick or Treats (1982), was an assistant director on Eraserhead (1977) and served as an assistant camera operator on films such as The Toolbox Murders (1978) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). In the late 1990’s she retired from Hollywood, only appearing and working on stage plays, but she eventually returned in the early 2010’s with guest spots on “Psych” and “Portlandia.”
“Twin Peaks” co-stars and crew members are already mourning on Twitter. Speaking with Deadline, “Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch is quoted as saying, “Today I lost one of my dearest friends. 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.”
All of us here at HorrorSociety.com send our condolences to her family, friends and fans.