Catherine Coulson, the actress who played the Log Lady on David Lynch’s surreal 1990s cult drama "Twin Peaks," died Monday at age 71 of cancer.
"Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson," Lynch said in a statement, according to Variety
"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."
In addition to playing the Log Lady, aka Margaret Lanterman, Coulson acted for 22 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the town she called home. She was also featured in "Portlandia," "August: Osage County," "Into the Woods," "The Secret Life of Houses," and "Redwood Highway."
Coulson has known Lynch for decades. The two originally met at an acting workshop at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
She appeared in his 1974 short film "The Amputee" as a double leg amputee, and had also been cast for a role in Lynch's debut feature, "Eraserhead," but instead acted as assistant director.
Coulson was set to reprise her Log-toting role on Showtime's announced revival of "Twin Peaks,"
Asked if Lynch gave her any tips for the revival role, she said, "He suggested I talk about sustainable forestry."
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