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Gersten Hayward was the youngest of three Hayward sisters. Unlike her sisters and her parents, Gersten was a redhead and she was skillful at playing the piano.

BiographyEdit

On an evening in early March 1989, Gersten welcomed her family and the Palmers to the "Hayward Supper Club."[1]

She wore her fairy princess outfit for the school play and said she had received the highest grades in math and English, like her sisters. She presented Harriet, who read the Palmers a poem about their deceased daughter Laura as Gersten played a piece on the piano. After the poem, she played Mendelssohn's "Rondo Capriccioso, Opus 14."[1]

During dinner, she was asked by Leland Palmer to play "Get Happy," as he wished to sing and she complied.[1]

Twenty-five years later, Gersten was having an affair with Steven Burnett. Steven's wife Becky showed up at Gersten's apartment in a rage and shot through her door, believing them to be inside, while Gersten and Steven listened from a nearby stairwell.[2]

Later, she went to the woods with Steven, who had a gun. As he contemplated suicide, Gersten tried to console him. They were eventually seen by Cyril Pons, causing Gersten to run and hide, hearing a gunshot.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

Gersten was played by American actress Alicia Witt, who previously appeared in David Lynch's 1984 film Dune. Witt reprised the role in the 2017 revival.

The end credits of Episode 8 are shown over the backdrop of Gersten playing the piano.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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