Noted character actress Elsa Raven died Nov. 3 at the age of 91. While most recognizable from her roles on the big screen, soap fans might remember her from her work on GENERAL HOSPITAL and DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
After a stint as Gabriela on CAPITOL in 1982, Raven was part of the Mr. Big storyline on GH in 1986, playing Tessie. She was to meet up with Frisco and Felicia but before they could get to her, Tessie was shot dead in scenes shot on location at the Atlantic City boardwalk and beach. And from 1998-99, Raven portrayed Lucille on DAYS, the caretaker of Lili Faversham, who told Hope that she was really Princess Gina.
In primetime, Raven could be seen in series like ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE, QUINCY, AMEN, WISEGUY, SEINFELD, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, and ER. In film, Raven is probably most remembered for playing the “Save the Clock Tower” lady in the classic Back to the Future. And in 1979’s The Amityville Horror, she was Mrs. Townsend, the realtor who helped sell the haunted house to the Lutz family. Unfortunately, her role of Ida Straus was nearly completely cut from Titanic, though no one who watched the film will forget her as one-half of the elderly couple laying in their bed as the ocean waters rushed into their stateroom to surround them.
Our thoughts are with Raven’s friends and family during this difficult time.