Best known for her scene-stealing performance of “Rapper’s Delight” in the 1998 Adam Sandler comedy “The Wedding Singer,” actress Ellen Albertini Dow passed away on May 4. Her agent Juliet Green confirmed Dow's passing, but gave no further details. She was 101 years old.
Albertini Dow began her acting career later than most, when she was in her 70s. She appeared in several films, including “Sister Act,” “Patch Adams” and “Wedding Crashers.” Albertini Dow also appeared in several TV shows including “The Golden Girls,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” She most recently appeared in an episode of the Fox comedy “New Girl.”
Before her screen career took off, Ellen Albertini Dow studied acting in New York City and modern dance under Martha Graham and Hanya Holm. She then studied with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris, before settling down on the West Coast. She taught acting at Pierce College with her husband, Eugene Dow, but retired from teaching in 1985 to pursue her acting career.
Check out some of her best moments on screen, including a few from “The Wedding Singer”:
As part of the "Sister Act" choir:
At the 11:45 mark of this “Hannah Montana” episode: