Ramsey at the 1988 Academy Awards
March 27, 1929
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A
|Died||August 11, 1988
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Anne Ramsey (March 27, 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.
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. Her mother was a descendant of the Pilgrims (William Brewster), and a sister of U.S. Ambassador David S. Smith. Ramsey was raised in Great Neck, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. 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 a successful Hollywood career in character roles and appeared in such television programs as Little House on the Prairie, Wonder Woman 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.
|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||Deadly Friend||Elvira Parker|
|1987||Love at Stake||Old Witch|
|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|
|1989||Homer and Eddie||Edna|
|1989||Meet the Hollowheads||Babbleaxe|
|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"|
- "California Deaths, 1940 - 1997". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- Toepfer, Susan. "Throw Momma Finally Lands Anne Ramsey on the Fast Track". People.com. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Mrs. Nathan Mobley Dies at 58 - I Girl Scouts' National Treasurer - Obituary". Select.nytimes.com. 1964-12-24. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Obituary 22 - No Title". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1964-12-24. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "MISS ANNE MOBLEY TO BE WED JUNE 26 - Former U. of North Carolina Student Engaged to Logan Ramsey Jr., Admiral's Son - Marriage Announcement - NYTimes.com". Select.nytimes.com. 1954-05-14. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Dr. Hackenstein (1988)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- Folkart, Burt A. (13 August 1988). "Obituaries: Oscar Nominee Anne Ramsey; Praised for `Momma' Role". Los Angeles Times. p. 28. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
- Anne Ramsey at the Internet Movie Database
- Anne Ramsey at the TCM Movie Database
- Anne Ramsey at AllMovie
- Anne Ramsey at Find a Grave