Catherine E Coulson, Log Lady from David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’, dies aged 71

Lynch hails the late actress as 'solid gold' and a 'dearest friend'

Actress Catherine E Coulson, best known for playing the Log Lady in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 71.

Before he cast her as the enigmatic Log Lady, Coulson had starred in Lynch’s 1974 short film The Amputee and worked behind the camera on his 1977 film Eraserhead, for which she is credited as an assistant director.

She then played the Log Lady in both seasons of Twin Peaks and its 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. She had been due to reprise the role in Lynch’s forthcoming Twin Peaks revival series.

“Today, I lost one of my dearest friends,” Lynch said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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 humour – she loved to laugh and make people laugh. She was a spiritual person – a longtime TM meditator. She was the Log Lady,” he added.

A resident of Ashland, Oregon, Coulson worked extensively in theatre in the local area and also appeared in a 2012 episode of Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s sketch show set in nearby Portland.

Coulson’s agent confirmed that she passed away on Monday following a battle with cancer. She is survived by her second husband, rabbi Marc Sirinsky, and their daughter, Zoey.