Raise A Toast To 101 Years: The Rapping Granny From ‘The Wedding Singer’ Has Died

There’s bad ass, and then there’s Ellen Albertini Dow. The actress and acting coach appeared in movies like Wedding Crashers and Sister Act in her career that spanned almost three decades. Ellen was best known for her performance as the rapping grandma in Adam Sandler’s film The Wedding Singer, where she stole the show with a hilarious performance of The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” After retiring from teaching in 1985 when she was in her 70’s, Ellen went on to study acting at the American Film Institute. She landed a role on the ’80s iteration of The Twilight Zone and during the next decade appeared in films including My Blue Heaven and the Sister Act and on classic TV series as Moonlighting, Murphy Brown, The Golden Girls, The Wonder Years, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER, and Seinfeld. She was last seen on screen in an episode of New Girl. And here’s a fun fact: She’s a member of Kappa Delta Sorority! We’re sisters. It’s kind of a big deal. She might have passed away at 101 years old, but Ellen is inspiration for anyone to follow their goals, no matter what their age. RIP girl. We know you’re doing karaoke with the best of them now. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0IGepU7ICc&w=640&h=360]