Marion Ramsey Dies, Police Academy Star Was 73

Marion Ramsey in 2013

The actress, who was best known for starring in "Police Academy", passed away on Thursday (07.01.21) after a short battle with an unspecified illness, her representative has confirmed. In 1974, she starred opposite Bette Davis in the legendary flop musical Miss Moffat, an adaption of Davis' classic 1945 film The Corn Is Green. That same year she became a regular on the Bill Cosby-hosted sketch comedy series Cos. Ramsey was then featured in five of the six sequels that followed.

Marion Ramsey was also an HIV and AIDS awareness advocate throughout her life. She reunited with her Police Academy co-stars Guttenberg, Winslow, and Leslie Easterbrook in the Sharknado spinoff Lavalantula about lava-breathing tarantulas that emerge from volcanoes.

Marion Ramsey, who starred as Office Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy franchise, has died.

A cause of death has yet to be revealed, however, it's believed that Ramsey was unwell in recent days. The movie was a hit at the box office, inspiring a franchise that brought about five sequels. She continued to act in the movies through the sixth instalment in 1989, Police Academy 6: City Under Siege.

By the time Eubie! opened, Ramsey had started what would be a long career in TV and film, beginning with a 1976 guest appearance on sitcom The Jeffersons.

She also reprised the same role in 1993's "John Virgo: Playing for Laughs", and in an episode of the animated series "Robot Chicken" in 2006.

She is survived by three brothers. Ramsey went on to appear in various other films but her most memorable role was as the squeaky-voiced Officer Laverne Hooks in "Police Academy".

Marion was also a singer and songwriter.