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R.I.P. Mary Ellen Trainor

Old 06-08-15, 06:28 PM
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R.I.P. Mary Ellen Trainor


Mary Ellen Trainor, an actress who appeared in all four Lethal Weapon films and in several movies directed by her then-husband, Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis, has died. She was 62.

Trainor, who also stood out as homemaker Mrs. Walsh in The Goonies (1985), died May 20 of complications from pancreatic cancer at her home in Montecito, Calif., according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, her lifelong friend and fellow San Diego State alumna.

Trainor married Zemeckis in 1980 and made her big-screen debut, at the suggestion of Michael Douglas, in the pivotal role of Elaine, the kidnapped sister of Kathleen Turnerís character, in the directorís Romancing the Stone (1984). She and her husband later collaborated on Back to the Future Part II (1989), Death Becomes Her (1992) and the Oscar best-picture winner Forrest Gump (1994) before they divorced in 2000.

She played TV news reader Gail Wallens in Die Hard (1988) and appeared in such other films as Ghostbusters II (1989), Action Jackson (1988), Grand Canyon (1991), Little Giants (1994), Congo (1995), Executive Decision (1996), Amyís Orgasm (2001), Moonlight Mile (2002) and Freaky Friday (2003).
To me, she was THE face of 80's movies.
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Wow, RIP. I always got a kick out of her psychiatrist character in the Lethal Weapon films and how Riggs always was messing with her regarding his cop-on-the-edge antics.
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I used to get her and Dee Wallace confused when I was a kid.
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Re: R.I.P. Mary Ellen Trainor

Man, she was in some real '80s classics. Whether you knew her name or not, you certainly knew the face. I think the most recent thing I'd seen her in was a bit part in "Anywhere But Here".

My personal favorite role of hers was the homicidal wife in the Tales from the Crypt episode "And All Through the House" (directed by Zemeckis, of course):

"Merry Christmas, you son of a bitch."

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That's very sad.

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