08 January 2021 14:42
LOS ANGELES - Marion Ramsey, known for acting in the "Police Academy" films and gracing the Broadway stage in 1978's "Eubie!," died Thursday at her home in Los Angeles. Marion Ramsey at the House Of Music and Entertainment on Feb. 23, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. James Lemke Jr / WireImage file Roger Paul of Roger Paul Inc., the agency that managed Ramsey, confirmed the news to Variety. Ramsey had recently fallen ill, but her exact cause of death is currently undetermined. Though many may know Ramsey for her role as Officer Laverne Hooks in the "Police Academy" films, her career began much earlier.
In 1964, she appeared in "Hello, Dolly!," and in the 1970s she established herself as a theater, film and television talent. On stage, she acted in "Miss Moffat," and on screen she took part in the variety show "Keep On Truckin'" on ABC and held a regular role on "Cos." But 1984 brought about the role that would mark Ramsey's career success. With the first "Police Academy," Ramsey found a film franchise that would see her through the 1980s. She continued to act in the movies through the sixth installment in 1989, "Police Academy 6: City Under Siege." Ramsey continued to shine on screen following her departure from the franchise — which went on to include another film and two series. She portrayed one-off roles on "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "MacGyver," while voicing D.I. Holler in the animated "The Addams Family" from 1992 to 1993.
The comedy actress passed away leaving friends, family and fans devastated. 4 Marion Ramsey was an American comedy actress Credit: Alpha Press Born in Philadelphia on May 10, 1947, Marion began her show business career on the stage, appearing in both the original Broadway and subsequent touring productions of Hello, Dolly! The entertainer went on to star alongside acting legend Bette Davis in the musical Miss Moffat - which was a massive flop. Around this time, Marion transitioned from stage to screen and scored a guest role on a 1976 episode of The Jeffersons. Marion was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy. 4 Marion was best known for her role as Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy movies Credit: Hollywood Archive All rights reserved. The star's signature role came in the 1984 hit that starred Steve Guttenberg. Marion's high-pitched voice and comedic timing made her a standout character in the film. Her unique tone also landed her voice-over roles including 1992's The Addams Family and 2006's Robot Chicken. In addition to her impressive acting skills, Marion was a singer and songwriter. 4 Marion was a popular actress Credit: Kobal Collection - Rex Features How did Marion Ramsey die? The comedic actress' management confirmed the news on January 8, 2021 - though no cause of death has been determined. Roger Paul Inc did not provide a reason for her death. However Deadline reported that she had been sick in the time leading up to her death. 4 The actress is believed to have been single at the time of her death Credit: Getty Images - Getty Was Marion Ramsey married and did she have children? Marion was not married and was not believed to be in a relationship at the time of her death. She also did not have kids. Marion is survived by her brother. Most read in Celebrity HOT AND HEAVY The Cabins shock as Sarah and Charlotte perform racy sex act in bed AM-AZING Amanda Holden looks incredible in bikini pic as she slams influencers for holidays 'get out of jail free' Kate Garraway fuming as BoJo's dad says jab makes him 'fancy free' found unresponsive ER star Dearon 'Deezer D' Thompson dead at 55 after 'heart attack' LITTLE BLIP Perrie Edwards admits she 'feels like utter s**t' and 'all she does is eat' BETTER WITH AGE From Chris Pratt to Beckham, the celebs who have aged like a fine wine What tributes have been made for Marion Ramsey? Police Academy co-star Michael Wilson, who played Larvell Jones, paid tribute online saying: "I have no words to say or explain the pain of all of those we lost. Only that we feel it and understand..... and it still hurts. Marion Ramsey 1947-2020." Actor and director Shavar Ross said: "Sad now. My friend, Police Academy movie series actress & Broadway star Marion Ramsey (right), has passed away. "I've known Ms Ramsey for years and she co-starred in my "Lord Help Us" directorial film debut." Fans also took to social media to pay tribute to the star, with one saying: "In the 80s the Police Academy films cast a long shadow over the comedy genre - they were everywhere & everyone watched them. "#MarionRamsey was hilarious as Hooks - a fine comedic actress @JanineNerissa still regularly squeaks 'this is a stick up!' Sorry to hear of her death at 73." Another said: "Oh my God....She was such a brillant and talented actress. Rest in peace, #MarionRamsey." While this one said: "Very sad to hear that Marion Ramsey has died aged 73. I had the opportunity to meet Marion once, and she was lovely." Police Academy actress Marion Ramsey has died at the age of 73 at her home in Los Angeles. The news was confirmed by Ramsey's management team at Roger Paul Inc, per Variety. The cause of death has not been determined at the time of writing. Ramsey began her career on Broadway, appearing in Hello Dolly! in 1964, Eubie! Advertisement She is best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy films, which were released between 1984 and 1994. "Her passion for performing and sharing her heart with the world was immense," Roger Paul Inc said in a statement obtained by the BBC. "Marion carried with her a kindness and permeating light that instantly filled a room upon her arrival.