Mary Ellen Trainor
Mary Ellen Trainor
|Born||July 8, 1952|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Died||May 20, 2015 (aged 62)|
Montecito, California, U.S.
(m. 1980; div. 2000)
Mary Ellen Trainor (July 8, 1952 – May 20, 2015) was an American character actress best remembered as Dr. Stephanie Woods (an LAPD psychiatrist) in the Lethal Weapon films and as Irene Walsh (Mikey and Brand's mom) in The Goonies. She also appeared in numerous other well-known films including Romancing the Stone, The Monster Squad, Die Hard, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump, and Freaky Friday (2003).
Trainor started her career working at radio stations KSDO as well as KCBS. Her first television appearance came in the 1983 Cheers episode "Father Knows Last", and her big-screen debut came the following year in Romancing the Stone. She frequently appeared in the films of Richard Donner and her ex-husband Robert Zemeckis.
She has appeared in three films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Goonies (1985), Die Hard (1988) and Forrest Gump (1994).
Personal life and death
Trainor was married to director Robert Zemeckis for 20 years, with whom she had a son, Alexander. She was good friends with producer Kathleen Kennedy, who worked with Steven Spielberg extensively and serves as President of Lucasfilm. Trainor introduced the two.
|1984||Romancing the Stone||Elaine Wilder|
|The Stone Boy||Doris Simms|
|1985||The Goonies||Mrs. Walsh|
|1987||Lethal Weapon||Dr. Stephanie Woods|
|The Monster Squad||Emily|
|Die Hard||Gail Wallens|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Brownstone Mother|
|Lethal Weapon 2||Dr. Stephanie Woods|
|Back to the Future Part II||Officer Reese||Uncredited|
|1990||Fire Birds||Janet Little|
|Grand Canyon||Ms. Green|
|Lethal Weapon 3||Dr. Stephanie Woods|
|Death Becomes Her||Vivian Adams|
|Forrest Gump||Jenny's Babysitter||Uncredited|
|Little Giants||Karen O'Shea|
|1996||Executive Decision||Allison, Flight Attendant|
|1998||Lethal Weapon 4||Dr. Stephanie Woods|
|1999||Anywhere But Here||Homeowner|
|2001||Amy's Orgasm||Amy's Mom|
|2002||Moonlight Mile||Mrs. Meyerson|
|2003||Freaky Friday||Diary Reading Patient|
|2005||The Music Inside||Monica Amado|
|2007||Cake: A Wedding Story||Jane Andrews|
|1983||Cheers||Mary||Episode: Father Knows Last|
|1985||Crazy Like a Fox||Episode: Fox and Hounds|
|1986||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Helen Dawson||Episode: The Drug Knot|
|1986–1987||Remington Steele||Estelle Becker||3 episodes|
|1987||Amazing Stories||Mara Webster||Episode: Moving Day|
|1989||Tales from the Crypt||Wife||Episode: And All Through the House|
|Fear Stalk||Jennifer||TV movie|
|1990||Rock Hudson||Female Agent||TV movie|
|The Outsiders||Episode: The Stork Club|
|1990–1993||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Mrs. Lewis||16 episodes|
|1995||Seduced and Betrayed||Charlotte||TV movie|
|1996||A Face to Die For||Mrs. Gilmore||TV movie|
|1996–1997||Relativity||Eve Lukens||17 episodes|
|1997||Hope||Maize Burns||TV movie|
|1998||Someone to Love Me||Jocelyn Hart||TV movie|
|1999–2002||Roswell||Diane Evans||23 episodes|
|2008||McBride: Requiem||Elizabeth Lucas||TV Movie, (final film role)|
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- "Alexander Francis Zemeckis - California Birth Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- Masters, Kim (30 January 2013). "Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy on 'Star Wars,' 'Lincoln' and Secret J.J. Abrams Meetings (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- Barnes, Mike (8 June 2015). "Mary Ellen Trainor, Actress in All Four 'Lethal Weapon' Films, Dies at 62". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- Pedersen, Erik (9 June 2015). "Mary Ellen Trainor Dies: Actress In 'Lethal Weapon' Pics, 'Die Hard' & 'Goonies'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
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