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.
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.