Anne Ramsey Biography

Anne Ramsey was an American film, stage, and television actress. Check out this biography to know about her birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Quick Facts

Birthday: March 27, 1929

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Died At Age: 59

Sun Sign: Aries

Born in: Omaha, Nebraska

Famous as: Actress


Spouse/Ex-: Logan Ramsey (m. 1954 – her death. 1988)

father: Nathan Mobley

mother: Eleanor Smith Mobley

Died on: August 11, 1988

place of death: Hollywood, California

Cause of Death: Cancer

U.S. State: Nebraska

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Anne Ramsey was an American film, stage, and television actress. She was best known for playing Mrs. Lift, the mother of protagonist in the black comedy ‘Throw Momma from the Train’. Her role in the film earned her a Golden Globe nomination as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also played Mama Fratelli in the comedy movie ‘The Goonies‘ and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Ramsey first became interested in acting while attending Bennington College. She acted in several stage productions before eventually landing roles on the small and the big screen. Coming to her personal life, she got married to actor Logan Ramsey in 1954. The actress suffered from esophageal cancer during the 1980s. After fighting the disease for a few years, she finally breathed her last on August 11, 1988, in a hospital in Woodland Hills, California.

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  • Anne Ramsey’s first credited movie appearance was in the 1972 film ‘Up the Sandbox’. That year, she also made her television debut in an episode of ‘Ironside’. Three years later, she featured in the series ‘Wonder Woman’s episode, titled ‘"The New Original Wonder Woman”. Soon after this, the actress had roles in the television movies ‘Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway’ and ‘The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’.
  • In 1978, she made a guest appearance in the sitcom ‘Little House on the Prairie’. Two years later, Ramsey starred as Loretta Quince in ‘Any Which Way You Can,’ the sequel of the film ‘Every Which Way but Loose,’ an action comedy film starring Clint Eastwood. Following her performance in the black comedy ‘National Lampoon's Class Reunion’, she guest-starred in an episode of ‘Three's Company’.
  • In 1985, Ramsey appeared in Richard Donner’s adventure comedy flick ‘The Goonies’. Her performance in the role of Mama Fratelli brought her the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, the actress played the lead role in the black comedy ‘Throw Momma from the Train’ and was singled out for praise for her performance. She eventually won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress along with Academy and Golden Globe Award nominations. Soon after this, she had a role in ‘Meet the Hollowheads,’ a movie directed and written by special-effects cosmetician and makeup artist, Thomas R. Burman. Ramsey’s final film role was as Edna in the comedy movie ‘Homer and Eddie’. The film was about a homicidal escaped mental patient who meets a childlike mentally challenged man as a travelling mate for a cross-country road journey.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Anne Ramsey was born on March 27, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, to Eleanor, a former treasurer of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Nathan Mobley, an insurance executive. Her maternal uncle was the US Ambassador David S. Smith. Ramsey was raised in New York and Connecticut. She graduated from Bennington College.
  • In 1954, she married popular actor Logan Ramsey and remained married to him until her death.
  • After suffering from esophageal cancer in 1984, and again in 1988, she died on August 11, 1988, in Woodland Hills, California. Ramsey was one of the three individuals to whom the 1998 film ‘Scrooged’ was dedicated.
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