Elsa Raven, known for her roles in “Back to the Future” and “Amen,” passed away on Monday, at the age of 91.
Born Elsa Rabinowitz, she chose Raven as her stage name and began her performing career in New York City. She went on to find a successful career in both television and film, with her first movie role in the 1970 film “The Honeymoon Killers,” where she played a woman and a daughter.
Raven has small but memorable parts such as the watch tower rescue woman in “Back to the Future” and the house dealer in “Amityville Horror”;. Her last movie role came in 2011 when she took on the character of Mrs. Harrison in “Answer Nothing”.
Although most of the scenes she filmed as Ida Strauss in “Titanic” were cut, she still appeared in the Celine Dion video as part of the couple in the state room where the water spilled.
Raven’s TV credits include multiple one-off performances and recurring roles. In 1992, she appeared in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and in 1994, she took on a character for “Seinfeld”.
But her most notable roles were in “Amen” and “Wiseguy”, both of which she played for several seasons. She played a maid named Inga in 17 episodes of “Amen” from 1988 to 1990 and played the character Carlotta Terranova, the mother of Vinnie, from 1987 to 1990 in “Wiseguy”.
Soon after, she found a recurring role in “Days of Our Lives”, she was engaged in acting until 1999. She appeared as herself in the documentary “Looking Back to the Future” on year 2006.
Raven is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where she actively watches movies and participates in voting every year. She was survived by sister-in-law Lynne Rabinowitz and her 15 granddaughters and grandsons.