Catherine Coulson, the actress who so perfectly played Margaret Lanterman, the seriously strange Log Lady on David Lynch's Twin Peaks, died Monday, Sept. 28, in Ashland, Ore., at the age of 71 after a brave battle with cancer. Mostly remembered for her bizarre appearances on 12 episodes of Twin Peaks in the '90s, always cradling her favorite hunk of firewood and delivering dire premonitions, Coulson also assisted director David Lynch on his Eraserhead and was an assistant camera operator on Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
Despite reprising her Log Lady role in 1992's feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Coulson had mostly retired from acting other than an occasional role in regional stage plays. She was scheduled to appear in nine episodes of Lynch's new Twin Peaks revival series on Showtime in 2017.
“Today I lost one of my dearest friends. Catherine was solid gold," Lynch told Deadline upon her passing. "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.”
(Via Horror Society)