Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' Rapper, Dies at 101

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ellen Albertini Dow, 'Wedding Singer' Rapper, Dies at 101

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Ellen Albertini Dow * The feisty character actress, best known for her salty rendition of "Rapper's Delight" in "The Wedding Singer," died Monday (May 4, 2015). She was 101.

Her breakout rap in "The Wedding Singer" led to memorable and often foul-mouthed character roles in films such as "Wedding Crashers," "Road Trip" and "54," as the drug-addled party girl Disco Dottie.

Ms. Dow's numerous television credits included "Seinfeld," "ER," "Will and Grace," "Six Feet Under," and "New Girl," which, at age 99, would be one of her last on-screen appearances.

The Mount Carmel, Pa., native studied theater and dance for most of her life and obtained a master's degree from Cornell University when that was still a rarity for women.

After graduating, Ms. Dow moved to New York City to work with the likes of dance greats Hanya Holm and Martha Graham and acting mentors such as Michael Shurtleff and Uta Hagen. In Paris, she studied with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCoq. …

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