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Anne Ramsey

Anne Ramsey
Ramsey at the Academy Awards, April 11, 1988
Born Anne Mobley
(1929-03-27)March 27, 1929
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A
Died August 11, 1988(1988-08-11) (aged 59)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Esophageal cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–1988
Spouse(s) Logan Ramsey

Anne Ramsey (March 27, 1929[1] – 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 character's mother, in Throw Momma from the Train. The latter performance garnered her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Death 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Anne Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Eleanor (née Smith), the former national treasurer of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Nathan Mobley, an insurance executive.[2][3] Her mother was a descendant of the Pilgrims (William Brewster), and a sister of U.S. Ambassador David S. Smith.[2][4] Ramsey was raised in Great Neck, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut.[2] 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.[5] They moved to Philadelphia where they formed the Theatre of the Living Arts.


In the 1970s, Anne Ramsey began a successful Hollywood career in character roles and appeared in such television programs as Little House on the Prairie, Wonder Woman, Three's Company 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, Ramsey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her performance in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito. 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.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Sporting Club Scott's wife
1972 The New Centurions Wife of crazy man Uncredited
1972 Up the Sandbox Battleaxe
1973 The Third Girl from the Left Madelaine Television movie
1974 Rhinoceros Woman with cat
1974 For Pete's Sake Telephone lady
1974 The Law Eleanor Bleisch Television movie
1976 From Noon till Three Massive woman
1976 Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway Librarian Television movie
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Rachel Television movie
1977 Fun with Dick and Jane Employment Applicant
1978 Goin' South Spinster #2
1978 The Gift of Love Maeve O'Hollaran Television movie
1979 When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Rhea Childress
1980 The Black Marble Bessie Callahan
1980 White Mama Heavy Charm Television movie
1980 Any Which Way You Can Loretta Quince
1981 A Small Killing Doris Television movie
1982 Marian Rose White Teacher
1982 National Lampoon's Class Reunion Mrs. Tabazooski
1983 I Want to Live! Matron Television movie
1983 Herndon Miss Helter Television movie
1984 The Killers First Ragpicker
1984 The Seduction of Gina Woman on bus Television movie
1984 Getting Physical Lady at Police Station Television movie
1985 The Goonies Mama Fratelli Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1986 Say Yes Major
1986 Deadly Friend Elvira Parker
1987 Love at Stake Old Witch
1987 Weeds Mom Umstetter
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Momma Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1988 Dr. Hackenstein Ruby Rhodes
1988 Scrooged Woman in shelter
1988 Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood The Hag Television movie
1989 Another Chance Leadlady
1989 Homer and Eddie Edna
1989 Meet the Hollowheads Babbleaxe


[Starsky and Hutch (TV series)]Evon/Gertrude Episode: "Birds of a feather"
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Ironside Motel Manager Episode: "Riddle Me Death"
1972 Banyon Mrs. Hendricks Episode: "Just Once"
1975 Wonder Woman Taxi Cab Driver Episode: "The New Original Wonder Woman"
1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Sister Bernadette Episode: "1.24"
1976 Delvecchio Mrs. Bellows Episode: "The Silent Prey"
1977 Wonder Woman Connie Episode: "Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Part 1"
1978 Little House on the Prairie Mrs. Schiller Episode: "As Long As We're Together: Part 1"
1978 ABC Afterschool Specials Nurse Episode: "A Home Run for Love"
1979 Laverne & Shirley Lady Episode: "Fire Show"
1982 Laverne & Shirley Killer Episode: "Death Row: Part 2"
1983 Three's Company Woman at ATM Episode: "The Money Machine"
1984 Murder, She Wrote Bag Lady Episode: "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes"
1984 Family Ties Mrs. Warfield Episode: "Help Wanted"
1985 Hill Street Blues Mrs. Scalisi Episode: "Blues in the Night"
1985 Night Court Edna Sneer Episode: "Halloween, Too"
1986 Knight Rider Crossing Guard Episode: "Killer K.I.T.T."
1988 ALF Ethel Buttonwood Episode: "You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog"


  1. ^ "California Deaths, 1940 - 1997". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Toepfer, Susan. "Throw Momma Finally Lands Anne Ramsey on the Fast Track". Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mrs. Nathan Mobley Dies at 58 - I Girl Scouts' National Treasurer - Obituary". 1964-12-24. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Obituary 22 - No Title". 1964-12-24. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ "MISS ANNE MOBLEY TO BE WED JUNE 26 - Former U. of North Carolina Student Engaged to Logan Ramsey Jr., Admiral's Son - Marriage Announcement -". 1954-05-14. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dr. Hackenstein (1988)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (13 August 1988). "Obituaries: Oscar Nominee Anne Ramsey; Praised for `Momma' Role". Los Angeles Times. p. 28. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 

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