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Ellen Albertini Dow, ‘Wedding Singer’ Rapping Granny, Dead at 101

5 May 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for playing the rapping grandmother in Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer,” has died at the age of 101, TheWrap has learned. Dow’s manager Juliet Green confirmed the news. Dow made her feature film debut in “American Drive-In” in 1985, when she was already 72 years old, and she’s remained a prolific actress since. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos) Her memorable film roles include Disco Dottie in “54,” lewdly homophobic grandmother Mary Cleary in “Wedding Crashers” and of course Rosie, the rapping granny who stole “The Wedding Singer” with a rousing rendition of “Rapper’s. »

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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping Granny from ‘The Wedding Singer,’ Dies at 101

5 May 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.

Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »

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