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Mary Ellen Trainor dead

Published 09/06/2015

Mary Ellen Trainor with Robert Zemeckis
Mary Ellen Trainor with Robert Zemeckis

The Goonies actress Mary Ellen Trainor died in May at the age of 62.

The Freaky Friday thespian, who was married to filmmaker Robert Zemeckis for 20 years before they divorced in 2000, died at her home in Montecito, California at the age of 62, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy informed the outlet Mary Ellen perished of complications from pancreatic cancer on May 20. Kathleen was Mary Ellen’s lifelong friend and the women both graduated from San Diego State University.

Mary Ellen famously portrayed Mrs. Walsh in iconic 1985 film The Goonies. She also starred in all four Lethal Weapon franchise features and in 1988 action flick Die Hard.

And Mary Ellen fondly recalled what it was like shooting The Goonies back in the Eighties.

"The shenanigans of the kids [Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Josh Brolin, Jonathan Ke Quan, et al]. They all fell in love with each other,” she gushed in 2013 during an interview with Red Carpet News TV. “And [director] Dick Donner encouraged that."

Mary Ellen is survived by her son Alex and his girlfriend Kat, her mother Jane and siblings Ned, Jack, Barbara and Carolyn.

A memorial service is scheduled to take place for her on June 19 at 11am. This weekend’s service will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito.

Although the family appreciates public support, they ask fans to make a donation to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and The Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of sending flowers.

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