Marion Ramsey, an actress and singer who appeared on the 1978 Broadway hit show Eubie! Most famous, however, is her portrayal of the cute, squeaky Police Academy officer Laverne Hooks who died at her Los Angeles home today. She was 73 years old

Her death was announced by her management team at Roger Paul Inc announced A cause was not established, although the actress had been sick for the past few days

Ramsey was born in Philadelphia and began her career in show business on stage She appeared on both the original Broadway and subsequent tour productions of Hello, Dolly! In 1974 she starred alongside Bette Davis in the legendary flop musical Miss Moffat, an adaptation of Davis’ classic 1945 film The Corn Is Green, directed by Josh Logan, the Broadway-related musical closed during test drives outside of town

Ramsey’s stage career recovered four years later with Eubie !, the acclaimed biographical musical about jazz pianist Eubie Blake with Gregory and Maurice Hines

See you Eubie! Ramsey had embarked on a long career in television and film, beginning with a guest appearance on the 1976 sitcom The Jeffersons. That same year, she became a regular on the Bill Cosby-hosted sketch comedy series Cos

Her signature role came in 1984 with the Police Academy, the comedy film starring Steve Guttenberg.As meek officer Laverne Hooks, Ramsey used her high-pitched, whispering voice, a voice that stood out from the character’s occasional high-volume outbursts that followed the hit film Five sequels over the next five years that starred Ramsey. She briefly re-appeared in the 1993 comedy video John Virgo: Playing for Laughs and as a voice actress in a 2006 episode of the animated Robot Chicken

Other TV credits include the animated series The Addams Family from 1992.In 2015 and 2016, she met Guttenberg in the Syfy television films Lavalantula and the sequel to 2 Lava 2 Lantula! Ramsey, a staunch supporter of AIDS / HIV awareness, appeared in Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Divas Simply Singing, an annual fundraiser in Los Angeles

Marion Ramsey

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