Anne Ramsey

Anne Ramsey. Omaha, NE.

Anne Ramsey. Omaha, NE.

Anne Ramsey (September 1929 – August 1988), was quite a busy actress in the 1980s despite being in her later years at the time. It wasn’t until quite late in her life that Ramsey pursued an acting career in motion pictures. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Ramsey attended Bennington College and was active in numerous on- and off-Broadway productions. After her marriage to actor Logan Ramsey, the couple formed Philadelphia’s Theatre of the Living Arts. It was in the early 70s that Ramsey began her lengthy career into films. In 1971, she starred opposite her husband in The Sporting Club (1971) and then settled into small bit parts. However, she was eventually noticed for her trademark brusque, gruff womanly roles, after which she received more offers for films, notably Goin’ South (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Goonies (1985) and Deadly Friend (1986). She received an Academy Award nomination in 1987 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Danny DeVito’s mean mother in the film Throw Momma from the Train (1987). She continued to work until just months before her death in 1988.