“Police Academy” star Marion Ramsey has died at 73-years-old.
The comedic actress’ management confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon – though no cause of death has been determined. However, Deadline reported that she had been sick recently.
Marion was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in “Police Academy.” The star’s signature role came in the 1984 hit that starred Steve Guttenberg. Her high-pitched voice and comedic timing made her character a standout in the film.
“Police Academy” was such a success, five sequels spawned over the next five years with Marion appearing in all of them.
She also appeared in the hit 1978 Broadway show “Eubie!”
Marion, who was born in Philadelphia, began her on-stage career just four years before, performing in productions of “Hello, Dolly!” The entertainer later starred alongside acting legend Bette Davis in the musical “Miss Moffat” – which went on to become a massive flop.
Around this time, Marion transitioned from stage to screen and scored a guest role on a 1976 episode of “The Jefferson’s.”