Though she’s best known for her eccentric Twin Peaks character (eccentric? Twin Peaks? I suppose that’s somewhat redundant), Catherine Coulson worked with David Lynch as far back as 1974, starring in his short film, Amputee, and as assistant director on Eraserhead.
In fact, her career behind the lens, as assistant camera operator, consists of a string of classics including, John Cassavetes’, The Killing of A Chinese Bookie, The Toolbox Murders, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Jim Jarmusch’s, Night On Earth. As a Twin Peaks fan, I’m tremendously upset that we won’t have the chance to see her character developed in the sequel series. I was really looking forward to seeing where the past twenty five years would have taken our Log Lady.
David Lynch had this to say: “Today I lost one of my dearest friends, Catherine Coulson. 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”