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Elsa Raven, beloved character actress from Back to the Future, Titanic and more, passes away at 91

Elsa Raven, beloved character actress from Back to the Future, Titanic and more, passes away at 91

  • Raven portrayed the Clocktower Lady in a memorable scene in the 1985 classic Back to the Future
  • She also starred in the hit sitcom Amen! and another 80s hit, Wiseguy throughout her stellar career
  • She also had a role in the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic, though most of the scenes were cut from the film
  • She is survived by 15 nieces and nephews 

The acting community is in mourning with beloved character actress Elsa Raven passing away.

Raven, who has starred in hit movies such as Back to the Future and Titanic, passed away at 91 years of age, according to Deadline

The actress’ death was confirmed by her agent, David Shaul, though no memorial plans have been announced.

R.I.P.: The acting community is in mourning with beloved character actress Elsa Raven passing away

Raven was born Elsa Rabinowitz in Charleston, South Carolina in September 1929, the fourth child of Louis and Rosalie Rabinowitz.

She moved to New York City to start her career, where she started out on the stage and served as an assistant to Joseph Papp at the Free Shakespeare Festival to Central Park.

She got her start on the small screen in episodes of Combat!, General Hospital and New York Television Theatre.

Early days: Raven was born Elsa Rabinowitz in Charleston, South Carolina in September 1929, the fourth child of Louis and Rosalie Rabinowitz

Early days: Raven was born Elsa Rabinowitz in Charleston, South Carolina in September 1929, the fourth child of Louis and Rosalie Rabinowitz

Raven made her feature film acting debut in the 1970 movie The Honeymoon Killers, followed by Such Good Friends, The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight and South of Hell Mountain.

After a bit of a hitaus in the mid-70s, she returned as Mrs. Townsend in the beloved horror-thriller The Amityville Horror.

She continued to work steadily throughout the 1980s with film roles such as Second Thoughts and The Twilight Zone Movie, along with episodes of The A-Team.

Amen!: Another well-known role was in the TV sitcom Amen! where she played Inga, and Wiseguy, where she played Carlotta Terranova Aiuppo

Amen!: Another well-known role was in the TV sitcom Amen! where she played Inga, and Wiseguy, where she played Carlotta Terranova Aiuppo

Her most well-known role was a brief but memorable turn as Clocktower Lady in the 1985 classic Back to the Future.

She’s seen in early scenes of the film trying to raise funds to save the clocktower in Hill Valley.

Another well-known role was in the TV sitcom Amen! where she played Inga, and Wiseguy, where she played Carlotta Terranova Aiuppo.

Memorable: Her most well-known role was a brief but memorable turn as Clocktower Lady in the 1985 classic Back to the Future

Memorable: Her most well-known role was a brief but memorable turn as Clocktower Lady in the 1985 classic Back to the Future

Throughout the 90s she kept working in Another You, Indecent Proposal, In the Line of Fire, Fearless, One Night Stand, and Titanic, though her scenes were largely cut from the James Cameron blockbuster. 

She was also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, diligently watching many movies every year.

Her survivors include 15 nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law Lynne Rabinowitz.

Titanic: Throughout the 90s she kept working in Another You, Indecent Proposal, In the Line of Fire, Fearless, One Night Stand, and Titanic, though her scenes were largely cut from the James Cameron blockbuster

Titanic: Throughout the 90s she kept working in Another You, Indecent Proposal, In the Line of Fire, Fearless, One Night Stand, and Titanic, though her scenes were largely cut from the James Cameron blockbuster

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