Ramsey played Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy movies and was one of the singers who inspired the original Broadway show Dreamgirls.

By Sydney Bucksbaum
January 08, 2021 at 03:43 PM EST
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Marion Ramsey, star of the Police Academy film franchise, died on Thursday in her home in Los Angeles, Calif., EW has confirmed. She was 73.

Best known for portraying Officer Laverne Hooks, first in Police Academy and through Police Academy 6: City Under Siege, Ramsey got her film and TV career started with 1975's Keep on Truckin' and with a guest starring role on The Jeffersons in 1976 before going on to star on Bill Cosby's sketch show Cos. She was also an accomplished stage actor, appearing on Broadway many times including Grind and Eubie!, as well as touring the country in Hello, Dolly!, starring opposite Bette Davis in Miss Moffatt, and co-starring in two productions of Little Shop of Horrors. She also voiced many roles, including in Robot Chicken and animated series The Addams Family.

Ramsey was also one of the three singers that the original Broadway show Dreamgirls was based on (she was producer Tom Eyen's inspiration for the character of Lorell). She wrote songs with Haras Fyre including "Supernatural Thing" and "This Time I'll Be Sweeter."

Most recently Ramsey reunited with fellow Police Academy cast members Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow in Syfy's campy film franchise Lavalantula and 2 Lava 2 Lantula! and her final acting credit was in the 2018 indie film When I Sing.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Ramsey was an advocate for for HIV and AIDS awareness. She is survived by three brothers.

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