Catherine Coulson, who played the iconic Log Lady on Twin Peaks, died on Monday of cancer at the age 71.
This represents a huge loss for Twin Peaks fans, who admired the Log Lady’s quirkiness and self-assurance. The Log Lady knew others thought she was strange, but she didn’t care. Coulson was expected to reprise her role in Showtime’s Twin Peaks reboot, but sadly, now the Log Lady will not return. Here are a few reasons why Twin Peaks won’t be the same without her:
Log Lady was a wise philosopher.
“I carry a log — yes. Is it funny to you? It is not to me. Behind all things are reasons. Reasons can even explain the absurd. Do we have the time to learn the reasons behind the human being's varied behavior? I think not. Some take the time. Are they called detectives? Watch — and see what life teaches.”
She was a bit strange, but she was never an asshole.
Log Lady used her powers for good. She shared the log’s insight and wisdom to help Cooper’s investigation and, in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, gave Laura Palmer a warning-slash-blessing outside the Bang Bang Bar.
But the Log Lady did not suffer fools.
At her first meeting with Cooper, she tells him that her “log saw something that night.” Cooper wants to know what, and the the log is the only thing that can answer. Log Lady tells Cooper to “Ask it,” but he doesn’t know what to do. Her reaction? “I thought so,” and walks off with the log.
The Log Lady often made simple but sharp observations, and asked the kinds of questions on all of our minds.
Like, “what even is creamed corn?”
Catherine Coulson became something of a Log Lady in real life.
The actress refused to sell the log, though it was worth around $275,000. And she would often travel with the log, putting it in the overhead cabinet on planes.