Catherine Coulson — who portrayed Margaret Lanterman, the Log Lady in the surreal cult series “Twin Peaks” — died on Monday,
according to her rep.
Coulson was 71.
She went back decades with “Twin Peaks” co- creator David Lynch, having been an assistant director on his first feature film, “Eraserhead.”
Lynch thought she would be perfect to portray a lumberjack’s widow who believes a log she carries with her has mystical qualities.
For example, she told authorities on the show that the log had clues as to who might have killed Laura
Palmer (the murder which set the series in motion).
The Log Lady showed up in a dozen episodes during the show’s two-season run, offering cryptic
The character made such an impact in pop culture that she was referenced in other TV series, and
Coulson even returned to the role on the TV series “Psych” a few years ago.
Coulson was reportedly going to be in the upcoming new season of “Twin Peaks” on Showtime.
Lynch, in a statement, said Coulson was “solid gold.”
“She was always there for her friends. She was filled with love for all people, for her family,for her
work,” Lynch said. “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.”
She worked behind the scenes on “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and performed for many years
with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
The troupe put out a statement on Monday, which said that she had cancer.
“Her generosity of spirit was only matched by her vibrancy as an actor; she shone onstage in her
every appearance,” the statement read. “We will miss her with all our hearts.”