Who is Elsa Raven? Elsa Raven Bio/Wiki
Elsa Rabinowitz aka Elsa Raven was an American character actress, perhaps best known for her two years on the sitcom Amen (1988-1990) and portraying Vincent Terranova’s mother (Ken Wahl) on the Wiseguy TV series. He was born on September 21, 1929, in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
She is also famously known for her small role as the clock tower lady in Back to the Future with her expression “Save the clock tower!” when raising local donations to retain the clock as-is, in opposition to the proposal of Mayor Wilson to fully rebuild the clock.
Her agent confirmed to Deadline that she died on November 3 at her Los Angeles home. The character actress, whose cause of death has not yet been disclosed publicly, was 91.
She was 91 years old.
In the 1997 film Titanic, she played Ida Straus opposite Lew Palter, who played Isidor Straus and had a voice role in the 1981 animated film American Pop.
In The Honeymoon Killers in 1970, where she played the matron, her first film role was. As IMDB points out, Raven worked as a character actress in various films, including as the realtor in The Amityville Horror, the landlady in In the Line of Fire, and as Gertrude Stein in The Moderns.
In 2011, her last on-screen appearance came when she appeared in Answers to Nothing as Mrs. Harrison.
Elsa Raven died at her Los Angeles home on Tuesday. Her death was confirmed by David Shaul, her agent.
RIP Elsa Raven, 91.
A memorable small role as “Save The Clock Tower” fundraiser in BACK TO THE FUTURE.
Sells the house in THE AMITYVILLE HORROR.
And ever so briefly she appears in a memorable shot in TITANIC pic.twitter.com/tt7Be8ESzC
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) November 5, 2020
BREAKING: Very sad to hear about the passing of @BacktotheFuture actress Elsa Raven aka The Clock Tower Lady. I was lucky to have met her last December at the Hollywood Museum Gala. She laughed when I asked her if I could borrow a quarter? #BTTF #SaveTheClockTower pic.twitter.com/Bt119kAgGU
— TC RESTANI (@AfterHoursTC) November 5, 2020
— Adam Riches (@AdamRichesArt) November 5, 2020
RIP to Elsa Raven, here in TITANIC with Lew Palter. She passed away on Monday evening at the age of 91. pic.twitter.com/RnpdtThO0R
— The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (@DreamsMadeOf) November 5, 2020