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Ellen Albertini Dow, rapping granny in 'The Wedding Singer', dies aged 101

Veteran US actress also appeared in 'New Girl', 'Six Feet Under', 'Wedding Crashers' and 'Scrubs'

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Veteran American actress Ellen Albertini Dow has passed away at the age of 101.

Albertini Dow is perhaps best known for her classic scene in 1998's The Wedding Singer, in which she appears as a rapping grandmother who performs a unique version of Sugarhill Gang's early hip-hop classic 'Rapper's Delight'. The actress's memorable rendition of the track also appeared on the film's soundtrack album.



After a spell performing mime in Paris, a lengthy stage career in New York and the surrounding area and a stint teaching acting in Los Angeles, Albertini Dow made her screen debut at the age of 71, shortly after her husband's death. She went on to rack up over 100 TV and film credits, including small roles in the movies Sister Act, Patch Adams, Road Trip and Wedding Crashers.

On TV, she appeared in episodes of Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, Will & Grace, E.R., Six Feet Under, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Hannah Montana and took on voice roles in Family Guy and American Dad. Her final TV appearance came after her 99th birthday in an episode of New Girl in 2013.

Her agent confirmed to Deadline that she had died but did not specify a cause of death. Her husband Eugene Dow passed away in 1983.

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