Anne Ramsey

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Anne Ramsey (September 1, 1929 – August 11, 1988) was an American stage, television, and film actress. She is probably most famous for her roles as Mama Fratelli in The Goonies and as Mrs. Lift, Danny DeVito's mother, in Throw Momma from the Train.


Early life

Anne Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of an insurance executive and a descendant of the Pilgrims. She attended Bennington College where she became interested in theatre. She performed in several Broadway productions in the 1950s and married actor Logan Ramsey in 1954. They moved to Philadelphia, where they formed the Theatre of the Living Arts.


In the 1970s, Anne Ramsey began successful Hollywood career in character roles and appeared in such television programs as Little House on the Prairie and Ironside. She appeared with her husband in seven films, including her first, The Sporting Club (1971), and her last, Meet the Hollowheads (1989).

In 1988, for her performance in Throw Momma From the Train (1987) with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito, Ramsey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. She won her second Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first being for The Goonies.

In February 1988, she guest-starred on an episode of Alf that aired six months before her death. She also appeared in six films released in the two years after her death.


Ramsey's somewhat slurred speech, a trademark of her later performances, was caused in part from having had some of her tongue and her jaw removed during surgery for esophageal cancer in 1984. In 1988, Ramsey's cancer returned. She died in August at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.[1]

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