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Overview (4)

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (throat cancer)
Birth NameAnne Mobley
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

American character actress Anne Ramsey was quite busy in the 1980s despite being in her later years. She hadn't pursued an acting career in motion pictures until late in her life.

Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska to Eleanor (Smith), a national treasurer of the Girl Scouts, and Nathan Mobley, an insurance executive. Her uncle was U.S. Ambassador David S. Smith. She attended Bennington College and was active in numerous on- and off-Broadway productions. After she married actor Logan Ramsey, the couple formed Philadelphia's Theatre of the Living Arts. In the early 1970s she began her lengthy film career. In 1971 she starred opposite her husband in The Sporting Club (1971), then settled into bit parts. Eventually she was noticed for her trademark brusque, gruff womanly roles, after which she received more film offers, notably Goin' South (1978), Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Goonies (1985), and Deadly Friend (1986). Unfortunately, in the mid-1980s she discovered she was suffering from throat cancer and was forced to have parts of both her tongue and jawbone removed. Showing no sign that her cancer was slowing her down, 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.

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Spouse (1)

Logan Ramsey (26 June 1954 - 11 August 1988) ( her death)

Trivia (9)

Following the death of their own mother ("Mom always liked you best!"), the Smothers Brothers chose Anne Ramsey to receive the flowers and honors on their Mothers' Day show.
She was awarded the 1986 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Goonies (1985), and the 1988 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in Throw Momma from the Train (1987). In both movies, she played overbearing mothers.
She appeared with her husband, actor Logan Ramsey in eight films: The Sporting Club (1971), The Law (1974), Blind Ambition (1979), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Say Yes (1986), Scrooged (1988), Doctor Hackenstein (1988), and Meet the Hollowheads (1989).
Daughter of a successful insurance executive and his Pilgrim-descendant wife, she attended exclusive schools in Connecticut and made her debut the same season as Jacqueline Bouvier, the future Mrs. John F. Kennedy.
Though she played the elderly mother of Danny DeVito's character Owen Lift in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), Ms. Ramsey was actually just 15 years older than DeVito. She passed away six months after receiving her Academy Award nomination for the movie.
Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
She is one of three people to whom the movie Scrooged (1988) was dedicated.
Has never appeared in a film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.
Daughter-in-law of Lieutenant Commander Logan Ramsey.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her Oscar nomination for Throw Momma from the Train (1987)] It means a little bit of acceptance after a long attempt to get here, but that doesn't mean I'm "here" at all, I've got a lot more to do.
Some people say I'm not a very pretty woman, but I'm a very beautiful woman inside.
[on her role as Momma in Throw Momma from the Train (1987)] My own mother was ill late in her life and became irritable and impatient. She was very demanding and I found some elements in her for Momma. But I've never known anyone as rude and awful as Momma Lift. So I made her a composite of some of the traits I saw in women when I was younger and used to people-watch in Grand Central and Pennsylvania stations in New York. Of course it was an unflattering role, but audiences love her. And I got all my hostilities out playing the character.

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