She was best known for portraying Mama Fratelli in The Goonies (1985) and Mrs. Lift, mother of Danny DeVito's protagonist, in Throw Momma from the Train (1987). The latter film saw Ramsey nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The rest of the Goonies cast was: Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen, Jonathan Ke Huy Quan, Josh Brolin, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi, John Matuszak, Mary Ellen Trainor, Keith Walker, Lupe Ontiveros, Steve Antin, Curtis F. Hanson, Paul Tuerpe, Director Richard Donner makes a cameo appearance as a deputy.
The rest of the Throw Mama from the Train cast was: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Kate Mulgrew, Branford Marsalis, Rob Reiner, Bruce Kirby, Oprah Winfrey, Farley Granger, Robert Walker.
"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKJ4-33D : 20 May 2014), A Ramsey, 15 Aug 1988; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).