Lost in the Movies: Farewell to the Log Lady (including podcast for Obnoxious & Anonymous)

Farewell to the Log Lady (including podcast for Obnoxious & Anonymous)

Every month, I will be offering at least one post on Twin Peaks...up until Showtime re-airs the original series. Then I will post extensive coverage of each episode (mixing new reactions with my many older pieces) immediately after they air. Stay tuned.

Unfortunately, yesterday Catherine Coulson (the Log Lady of Twin Peaks and one of David Lynch's oldest friends) passed away. The news was shocking for Peaks fans who have also treasured this iconic character, whose brief appearances seemed to provide the soul of the show, as well as the extremely friendly and gracious host who always made herself available for interviews and discussions. Coulson was also a groundbreaking camera assistant in the 1970s (after getting her start in that department on Eraserhead), and according to one of her interviews she was one of if not the first female camera assistant to break into the all-male union. She will be greatly missed, and her legacy will be immense.

Last night, I spoke to Cameron Cloutier of the Obnoxious & Anonymous podcast - we had been planning a discussion (our fourth) for a while although it was unfortunate that this sad event provided the premise. Nonetheless, we embraced the opportunity to talk about Coulson (who appeared on Obnoxious & Anonymous herself last year), including her character's importance to the show and the true meaning of the Log Lady introductions. After that, we ventured into conversation about news from the set of the new Twin Peaks being shot in Washington - there may be some "spoilers," depending on your definition but we offer a clear warning beforehand if you just want to listen to the first part.

Usually I adhere to a strict Monday-Wednesday-Friday morning schedule, with entries of different series appearing at their usual times. But this event required an exception to the rule.

“Only when we are everywhere, will there be just one.”
RIP Catherine Coulson
It sucks just typing those words, but she will be very fondly remembered by so many. According to Jennifer Lynch on Facebook, Coulson, one of David Lynch’s oldest friends and the unforgettable Log Lady, has passed away today. Really bummed by this news. No idea if she had shot any scenes yet (some rumors say she had) but either way it honestly doesn’t make me feel much better. She not only was wonderful in the show, she had a wonderful personality that came through in great interviews over the year. :(

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