Anne Ramsey

Actor, Journalist
The queen of playing mean onscreen, Anne Ramsey hailed from a blueblood family and enjoyed a distinguished theatrical career, founding the Theatre of the Living Arts with her husband Logan Ramsey. Beginning her film ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1929 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA


Actor (35)

Another Chance 1989 (Movie)

Landlady (Actor)

Homer and Eddie 1989 (Movie)

Edna (Actor)

Meet the Hollowheads 1989 (Movie)

Babbleaxe (Actor)

Bedtime Story 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Dr. Hackenstein 1988 (Movie)

Ruby Rhodes--The Grave Digger (Actor)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Woman in Shelter (Actor)

Love at Stake 1987 (Movie)


Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Momma (Actor)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

Mom Umstetter (Actor)

Deadly Friend 1986 (Movie)

Elvira Parker (Actor)

Say Yes 1986 (Movie)

Major (Actor)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

Mama Fratelli (Actor)

Herndon and Me 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


I Want to Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Cassie and Company 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


National Lampoon's Class Reunion 1982 (Movie)

Mrs Tabazooski (Actor)

Any Which Way You Can 1980 (Movie)

Loretta Quince (Actor)

The Killers 1980 (Movie)

1st Ragpicker (Actor)

The Gift of Love 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Goin' South 1978 (Movie)

2nd Spinster (Actor)

When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1978 (Movie)

Rhea Childress (Actor)

For Pete's Sake 1974 (Movie)

Telephone Lady (Actor)

A Homerun For Love (TV Show)


A Small Killing (TV Show)


Getting Physical (TV Show)


Good Old Boy (TV Show)


Marian Rose White (TV Show)


Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Show)


The Law (TV Show)


The Seduction of Gina (TV Show)


White Mama (TV Show)



The queen of playing mean onscreen, Anne Ramsey hailed from a blueblood family and enjoyed a distinguished theatrical career, founding the Theatre of the Living Arts with her husband Logan Ramsey. Beginning her film career later in life, her distinctively gruff voice and demeanor quickly set her apart. Immediately recognizable and unforgettable, she booked small appearances in high-profile projects throughout the 1970s, including "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" (ABC, 1976), "Fun with Dick and Jane" (1977), "Goin' South" (1978) and "Any Which Way You Can" (1980). In 1984, she underwent surgery for esophageal cancer, which necessitated the removal of part of her tongue and jaw, which added to her trademark slurred speech and gravelly voice, which she used to wonderful effect as the villainous Mama Fratelli in "The Goonies" (1985), for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award. Sweet in real life but hilariously abusive and deliciously mean-spirited onscreen, Ramsey scored again with small bits in "Deadly Friend" (1986) and "Love at Stake" (1987), and won her second Saturn Award as Danny DeVito's mother-from-hell in "Throw Momma from the Train" (1987), as well as nominations for an Oscar and Golden Globe. Sadly, her cancer returned and she died on Aug. 11, 1988, with several projects already in the can, including a cameo in Bill Murray's "Scrooged" (1988). Much loved for her one-of-a-kind character work, Anne Ramsey earned enormous critical and popular acclaim for her unexpectedly lovable characters.


survived her

survived her

Logan Ramsey

born on March 21, 1921 married in 1954 they co-founded the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia in 1959 acted together in "The Sporting Club" (1971) and Clint Eastwood's "Any Which Way You Can" (1980) died on June 26, 2000 in L.A. at age 79


Rosemary Hall

Wallingford , Connecticut
exclusive girls school; began acting on stage

Bennington College

Bennington , Vermont



Last film appearance, "Meet the Hollowheads"


Performed signature role, as the ghastly mother of Danny DeVito in his "Throw Momma From the Train"; received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress


Major feature supporting role, Mama Fratelli in the popular children's adventure, "The Goonies"


Had part of her tongue removed during throat cancer surgery (date approximate)


TV debut, "The Third Girl From the Left", an ABC TV-movie that also marked the TV-movie debuts of Tony Curtis and Kim Novak


Feature debut, "The Sporting Club"


Co-founded (with Logan Ramsey) the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia


Sent to a Shakespeare camp in Brattleboro, VT at age seven (date approximate)


Decided to act after seeing "The Petrified Forest" with her father at age four (date approximate)

Did guest shots on various TV shows including "Knight Rider", "ALF", and "Night Court"

Moved to L.A. with her husband in the mid-1980s

Performed summer stock in Maine; met her future husband Logan Ramsey

Appeared Off-Broadway in Gertrude Stein's "Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights"

Memorized "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It"; acted out each part at home for anyone who would watch

Appeared in various LA productions including "Vision of Keroucac", "The Threepenny Opera", and "Persons Unclaimed"

Wrote about food for The New York Times

Joined the Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC

Attended Rosemary Hall, an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut; began performing on stage

Raised in suburban New York and Connecticut

Bonus Trivia


Not to be confused with actor Anne Ramsay (note slight difference in spelling), who played a supporting role on the sitcom, "Mad About You" and was also occasionally billed as Anne Elizabeth Ramsay.