Ellen Albertini Dow, ‘Wedding Singer’ Rapping Granny, Dead at 101

Actress also known for playing foul-mouthed granny in “Wedding Crashers”

Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for playing the rapping grandmother in Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore romantic comedy “The Wedding Singer,” has died at the age of 101, TheWrap has learned.

Dow’s manager Juliet Green confirmed the news.

Dow made her feature film debut in “American Drive-In” in 1985, when she was already 72 years old, and she’s remained a prolific actress since.

Her memorable film roles include Disco Dottie in “54,” lewdly homophobic grandmother Mary Cleary in “Wedding Crashers” and of course Rosie, the rapping granny who stole “The Wedding Singer” with a rousing rendition of “Rapper’s Delight.”

Dow also made the rounds on television, with credits including guest and recurring stints on everything from “Seinfeld” to “Family Guy” to “New Girl.”


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