Photo of Anne Ramsey Anne Ramsey

Born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Neb., on Sept. 1, 1929, Anne Ramsey began her acting career on Broadway in the 1950s before marrying fellow thespian Logan Ramsey in 1954 and moving east to Philadelphia. But it wasn't until the 1970s that she began showing up on-screen as a character actor, appearing with her husband in her first and last movie roles -- The Sporting Club (1971) and Meet the Hollowheads (1989).

Ironically, Ramsey parlayed a bout with throat cancer and the partial loss of her tongue (a condition that caused her trademark husky voice and slurred speech) into iconic supporting roles that would define her career. She is best known for playing Mama Fratelli in The Goonies (1985) and Danny DeVito's overbearing mother in Throw Momma from the Train (1987), a performance that would earn her an Oscar nod.

Ramsey eventually succumbed to the disease and died Aug. 11, 1988, at age 58.

Anne Ramsey in The Goonies

The Goonies

1985 PG

A group of misfit children discovers a pirate-treasure map and embarks on a journey to find the riches in this beloved 1980s classic. Along the way, they battle curmudgeonly crooks and squabble with one another in their quest for fortune.

  • Anne Ramsey in Throw Momma from the Train Throw Momma from the Train
  • Anne Ramsey in Deadly Friend Deadly Friend
  • Anne Ramsey in The Black Marble The Black Marble
  • Anne Ramsey in Homer & Eddie Homer & Eddie
  • Anne Ramsey in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Vol. 1 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Vol. 1