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Ellen Dow

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Actress who have played a lovely, rappping grandmother in the 1998 humor The Wedding Vocalist, starring Adam Sandler. She also made an appearance in the movies Wedding ceremony Crashers, Sister Work as well as the Invited. She caused choreographers and efficiency mimes such as for example Marcel Marceau. She documented an album focused on her hubby. She was wedded to her hubby Eugene until his loss of life in 2004. She was with an bout of Scrubs with Zach Braff.

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Full Name Ellen Albertini Dow
Date Of Birth November 16, 1913
Died May 4, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Mount Carmel, PA
Height 1.49 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Cornell University
Nationality American
Spouse Eugene Dow
Parents Ellen Albertini, Oliver Albertini
Movies The Wedding Singer, Wedding Crashers, Sister Act, Patch Adams, 54, Ready to Rumble, Eight Crazy Nights, Radioland Murders, My Blue Heaven, Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling, Problem Child 3: Junior in Love, The Invited, She Wants Me, Tough Guys, Annie's Point, Not Another Not Another Movie, Longshot, The Blue Hour, Fat Girls, Frank The Bastard
TV Shows Maybe It's Me, Payne
Star Sign Scorpio

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1She is buried at Saint Peter's Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, beside her husband, in the Albertini family plot.
2At 101 years old, she was the longest lived actor in "Star Trek" history. She played Beverly Crusher's grandmother Felisa Howard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Sub Rosa (1994).
3Ellen met her husband, Eugene Dow, when she was assistant directing and he was starring in a production at the Carnegie Little Theatre in New York.
4The seventh child of immigrant parents, she started studying dance and piano at age 5.
5Worked as a director and choreographer for many productions including "The Beggars Opera" at Carnegie Recital Hall, as well as "The Magic Flute" and "Julius Caesar" with famous German musical director Hugo Strelitzer.
6Producer/creator of Albertini Mime Players for 19 years.
7A teacher in the drama department at Los Angeles City College, she also directed and choreographed many of the college's musicals and operas. When she retired from teaching in 1985, she decided to study film and TV and AFI and a new character career was born at age 67.
8Recorded an album, which includes both classic songs and original material by her late husband, Eugene Dow.
9She was an avid hat collector and claims they make her look taller. She is 4'11".
10After graduation from Cornell, she relocated to New York City and spent 11 years acting, choreographing, performing mime and studying with choreographers Martha Graham and Hanya Holt, as well as mime artists Jacques Lecoq and Marcel Marceau.
11Was one of the "irregular" regulars on The Golden Girls (1985), playing more than three different bit parts during the show's run.
12She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
13Husband, Eugene "Gene" Dow Jr., was a teacher (1957-1983) and the founder of the theater arts department at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, in addition to being a director, writer, composer and decorated WWII hero. During his tenure, he became a mentor to such actors as Cindy Williams and Talia Shire.
14Did the actual rapping in The Wedding Singer (1998) which appears on the film's soundtrack.
15Educated at Cornell University.
16Raised in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.
17She taught Drama and Dance for 30 years.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CBS Summer Playhouse1989TV SeriesLittle Old Lady
Hooperman1989TV Series
Freddy's Nightmares1989TV SeriesOld Woman
Going to the Chapel1988Grandma Haldane
Webster1988TV SeriesMrs. Crane
Mr. Belvedere1986-1988TV SeriesOld Lady
Moonlighting1988TV SeriesMrs. Baer
Beauty and the Beast1987TV SeriesAnna Lausch
Walk Like a Man1987Organist
Munchies1987Little Old Lady
Highway to Heaven1987TV SeriesLady
Body Slam1986Organist
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesOld Woman (segment "The Storyteller") / Mrs. Hotchkiss (segment "Need to Know")
Tough Guys1986Old Lady
American Drive-In1985Allison
Frank the Bastard2013Dora
New Girl2013TV SeriesAunt Ruthie
Family Guy2006-2012TV SeriesAunt Helen / Elderly Woman
She Wants Me2012Grandma Elma
Not Another Not Another Movie2011Older Rose
Shameless2011TV SeriesThe Real Aunt Ginger
The Invited2010Natalie Shaw
According to Jim2009TV SeriesEmily Rose
Without a Paddle: Nature's Calling2009VideoMrs. Bessler
Lonely Street2009Lydia the Librarian
American Dad!2005-2008TV SeriesOld Woman #2 / Old Lady
The Blue Hour2007Anabella
Cold Case2007TV SeriesAudrey Abruzzi - 2007
In Case of Emergency2007TV SeriesRose
Hannah Montana2006TV SeriesKathrine McCord
Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide2006TV SeriesMrs. Knapp
The Emperor's New School2006TV SeriesAzma
Fat Girls2006Mildred
My Name Is Earl2005TV SeriesGertrude Balboa
Halfway Decent2005Mrs. Kahn
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesDottie Arkin
Wedding Crashers2005Grandma Mary Cleary
Six Feet Under2005TV SeriesRoberta
Scrubs2005TV SeriesBetty
Annie's Point2005TV MovieLouise Tette
A Minute with Stan Hooper2003TV SeriesClara Meeks
Yes, Dear2003TV SeriesGrandma Nan
Eight Crazy Nights2002See's Candies Box (voice)
Maybe It's Me2001-2002TV SeriesGrandma Harriet Krupp
Longshot2001Mrs. Fleisher
Judging Amy2001TV SeriesMrs. Powell
Will & Grace2001TV SeriesSylvia Walker
Nikki2000TV SeriesMiss Marie
Conundrum2000ShortHildegard
Good vs Evil2000TV SeriesSpooky Eleanor
Road Trip2000Barry's Grandma
Ready to Rumble2000Mrs. MacKenzie
Just Shoot Me!1999TV SeriesMrs. Gallo
Arli$$1999TV SeriesAmelia
Payne1999TV SeriesFlo
Suddenly Susan1998TV SeriesLily
Patch Adams1998Aggie
The Nanny1998TV SeriesWendell Kent's Mother
541998Disco Dottie
Carnival of Souls1998Mrs. Meltzer
Clueless1998TV SeriesNurse
The Wedding Singer1998Rosie
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch1997TV SeriesOld Lady
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction1997TV SeriesAunt Connie (segment "Mystery Lock") / Aunt Connie
Murder One1997TV SeriesEsther Kettering
Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer1997TV Mini-SeriesEsther Kettering
Dave's World1997TV SeriesCraft Granny
Something So Right1996TV SeriesWoman
Ned and Stacey1996TV SeriesMrs. Porter
Hope & Gloria1996TV SeriesMiss Mae
Sisters1996TV SeriesAunt Ida Watherwax
ER1995TV SeriesMrs. Riblet
Seinfeld1995TV SeriesMomma
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love1995TV MovieLila Duvane
Sister, Sister1995TV SeriesBetty
Cybill1995TV SeriesElderly Woman
The Boys Are Back1995TV SeriesEdna Gunther
On Our Own1994TV SeriesLittle Old Lady #1
Radioland Murders1994Organist
Empty Nest1994TV SeriesMildred
Hearts Afire1994TV SeriesMiss Abbington
Family Matters1990-1994TV SeriesMrs. Ostendorf / Elderly Lady / Mrs. Ferguson / ...
The John Larroquette Show1994TV Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation1994TV SeriesFelisa
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit1993Choir Nun
The Building1993TV SeriesSalesclerk
Quantum Leap1993TV SeriesGrandma
Space Case1992Betsy
Wings1992TV SeriesDebbie
The Wonder Years1992TV SeriesMrs. Tambora
Down the Shore1992TV SeriesThe Old Woman
Sister Act1992Choir Nun
Twogether1992Mrs. Norton
Memoirs of an Invisible Man1992Mrs. Coulson
True Colors1991TV SeriesSadie
K-91991TV MovieMrs. Pitman
The Golden Girls1988-1991TV SeriesSarah / Lillian / Mrs. Leonard
Blood and Concrete1991Old Lady
Genuine Risk1990Receptionist
Designing Women1990TV SeriesTight Lips
My Blue Heaven1990/INun
Murphy Brown1990TV SeriesAunt Belle
Newhart1989TV SeriesDorothy Benson
Christine Cromwell1989TV SeriesLydia

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wedding Singer1998performer: "Rapper's Delight", "Til There Was You" - as Ellen Dow

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Minus Man1999the production would like to thank

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting Actress54 (1998)


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