Elsa Raven, Back to the Future and Titanic actress, dies at 91
Actress Elsa Raven, known for appearing in Back to the Future and Titanic, died Monday at age 91, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.
Raven died at her Los Angeles home, her agent, David Shaul told EW.
The actress played the "Save the Clock Tower" lady in Back to the Future, and she also had a role in Titanic. While most of her scenes were cut, she can be seen briefly in the film and in Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" music video as Ida Strauss, one half of the older couple who lie in bed together when the ship sinks.
The character actress also played the realtor in The Amityville Horror, John Malkovich's landlady in In the Line of Fire, Gertrude Stein in The Moderns, and the woman who lost her son in the Jeff Bridges-led Fearless.
Born Elsa Rabinowitz in Charleston, S.C., in 1929, Raven began performing on stage in New York City. She landed her first film role in The Honeymoon Killers (1970).
On television, Raven had arcs in several shows like Amen, Wiseguy, and Days of Our Lives. She also appeared in Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murphy Brown, ER, and more. Her final film role was in 2011's Answers to Nothing, which featured Caitlin Gerard and Dane Cook.
Raven was part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She is survived by her sister-in-law and her 15 nieces and nephews.