Ellen Albertini Dow

Actor, Drama teacher
When audiences saw the trailer for the romantic comedy film "The Wedding Singer" (1998), many took note of the petite elderly woman performing "Rapper's Delight" and asked "Who is she?" The answer is Ellen Albertini ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1918 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Frank the Bastard 2015 (Movie)

Dora (Actor)

Cold Case 2003 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1990 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lonely Street 2008 (Movie)

Lydia the Librarian (Actor)

Out of Jimmy's Head 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1990 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fat Girls 2007 (Movie)

Mildred (Actor)

Hannah Montana 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Grandma Mary Cleary (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights 2002 (Movie)

Voice of See's Candies Box (Actor)

Clueless 1991 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned and Stacey 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nikki 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister, Sister 1991 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Long Shot 2001 (Movie)

Mrs. Fleisher (as Ellen Dow) (Actor)

GvsE 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ready to Rumble 2000 (Movie)

Mrs MacKenzie (Actor)

Road Trip 2000 (Movie)

Barry's Grandma (Actor)

Payne 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

54 1998 (Movie)

Disco Dottie (Actor)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Aggie (Actor)

The Wedding Singer 1998 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Cosby 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down the Shore 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

On Our Own 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys Are Back 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Organist (Actor)

Second Chances 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Frannie's Turn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 (Movie)

Choir Nun (Actor)

The Building 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Memoirs of An Invisible Man 1992 (Movie)

Mrs Coulson (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Choir Nun (Actor)

Blood and Concrete - A Love Story 1991 (Movie)

Old Lady (Actor)

K-9 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Genuine Risk 1990 (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

My Blue Heaven 1990 (Movie)

Nun (Actor)

Munchies 1987 (Movie)

Little Old Lady (Actor)

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Old Lady (Actor)

Annie's Point (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Day Blues (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Wedding Singer 1998 (Movie)

("Til There Was You") (Song Performer)

Biography

When audiences saw the trailer for the romantic comedy film "The Wedding Singer" (1998), many took note of the petite elderly woman performing "Rapper's Delight" and asked "Who is she?" The answer is Ellen Albertini Dow, a veteran of NYC's Yiddish theater and a former drama teacher in L. A. Although coy about her age, Dow has been playing feisty old women since she resumed her acting career in the mid-1980s with a chilling turn as a mass murderer on an episode of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1985). Since then, she played small roles in numerous TV shows (e.g., "Family Matters", "The Golden Girls", "Murphy Brown") and a handful of films ("Tough Guys" 1986; "Sister Act" 1992). Dow offered a memorable guest turn on a 1995 episode of "Seinfeld" as J Peterman's elderly mother. But it was her performance as a woman celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary who surprises her guests with a hip-hop number that made people take notice. Director Frank Coraci had cast Dow primarily on the strength of her rendition of the 1959 classic "Til There Was You" which she also performed in the film. Audiences were primed for her appearance as a cocaine-snorting oldster in the disco-flavored "54" (also 1998).

Relationships

Ellen Albertini

Mother

Eugene Dow

Husband
married in 1951

EDUCATION

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

Milestones

2001

Had regular role as a grandmother on the fall sitcom "Maybe It's Me" (The WB)

1998

Garnered attention for her supporting performance in "The Wedding Singer"

1998

Played a cocaine-snorting senior citizen in "54"

1995

Made memorable guest appearance on NBC's "Seinfeld" as thee dying mother of J Peterman

1993

Reprised role as a choir nun in "Sister Act 2"

1992

Appeared as one of the nuns in the choir in "Sister Act"

1990

First played a nun in "My Blue Heaven"

1988

Appeared in the TV-movie "Wedding Day Blues"

1986

Had bit role in "Tough Guys"

1985

Resumed acting career with appearance as a mass murderer on an episode of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS)

1952

Moved to Los Angeles with her husband

1938

Worked in theater in NYC, including appearances in Yiddish theater

Taught drama, dance and mime for 32 years at Los Angeles City College and Pierce College

Born and raised in Pennsylvania

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