Police Academy and Broadway star, Marion Ramsey dies at 73
NEWSMAN – Marion Ramsey, best known for her acting in the American film series Police Academy, has died at the age of 73.
Her manager Roger Paul Inc told newsmen she died at her Los Angeles home on Thursday morning.
The agency said Ramsey had recently fallen ill, but did not give a cause of death.
Ramsey was adored by fans for her portrayal of the squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in Police Academy.
She also had an illustrious career on Broadway, starring in the 1978 production Eubie!, a biographical musical about celebrated jazz pianist Eubie Blake.
“Her passion for performing and sharing her heart with the world was immense,” Roger Paul Inc said in a statement.
“Marion carried with her a kindness and permeating light that instantly filled a room upon her arrival.
“The dimming of her light is already felt by those who knew her well. We will miss her, and always love her.”
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1947, Ramsey started her career in the theatre, appearing in both the original Broadway and subsequent touring productions of Hello, Dolly!.
She was prolific on Broadway, co-starring in many shows, including Harold Prince’s Grind with Ben Vereen, and Eubie! with Gregory and Maurice Hines.
Ramsey’s career in TV and film career took off after she appeared as a guest on the hit sitcom The Jeffersons in 1976.
She starred in six Police Academy films in total, making her a familiar face to fans of the franchise.
She is survived by three brothers.