Well, this is an extra large pile of sad. Catherine Coulson, who brought the iconic Log Lady to life in Twin Peaks, died this morning of cancer. She was 71.
Catherine Coulson first met David Lynch when she was a camera assistant on Eraserhead. Wikipedia says that during the four-year-long shoot, they created the character of the Log Lady together. David Lynch told her that in the fuckery factory known as his brain, he pictured her carrying around a big log. Fifteen years later, the image in David Lynch’s mind came-to-life when she played the Log Lady through the 2-season-run of Twin Peaks. The Log Lady also made an appearance in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Catherine was supposed to reunite with her log for the return of Twin Peaks on Showtime in 2017. I’m waiting for Showtime to announce that they’re not bringing it back, because Twin Peaks without the Log Lady is not Twin Peaks.
David Lynch said these sweet words about his Log Lady:
“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.”
Catherine Coulson is survived by her husband Marc Sirinsky, their daughter and of course, her log.
Rest in peace, Log Lady.