The Goonies actress Mary Ellen Trainor has died aged 62
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 June 2015
Mary Ellen Trainor - who played the main character Mikey Walsh's mother in the 1985 film 'The Goonies' - has passed away aged 62 due to complications from pancreatic cancer
'The Goonies' actress Mary Ellen Trainor has died aged 62.
Trainor - who played Mikey Walsh's mother in the classic 1985 film - passed away at her home in Montecito, California on May 20 due to complications from pancreatic cancer, her lifelong friend and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has confirmed.
She said in a statement: "Mary and I have been close since our days together as college room-mates and she even provided the introduction to Steven Spielberg that jump-started my career. She was a great actress, warm friend and generous spirit."
Trainor's first job in the film industry was as a producer's assistant on a number of movies including the 1979 Steven Spielberg film '1941', which was written by her eventual husband Robert Zemeckis.
After she and Zemeckis tied the knot in 1980, he cast Trainor in her first film 'Romancing the Stone' before she made a number of cameos in his movies including 'Forrest Gump' and 'Back to the Future'.
The blonde beauty later landed the role of Los Angeles police psychiatrist Dr. Stephanie Woods in 'Lethal Weapon' and appeared in all four films in the franchise as well as taking on her role in 'The Goonies' and appearing in the first 'Die Hard' film.
Trainor is survived by Zemeckis - whom she divorced in the year 2000 - and their only child, son Alex Zemeckis.
A memorial service for the late actress is to be held on June 19 at 11am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montecito.