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Ellen Albertini Dow
Dow in 1998, where she portrays Rosie in the movie The Wedding Singers
Ellen Albertini Dow
Full Name Ellen Rose Albertini Dow
Date of Birth November 15, 1913
Place of Birth Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Deceased (May 4, 2015)
Character played Audrey Abruzzi (2007) (Episode Torn)

Ellen Rose Albertini Dow (November 15, 1913 – May 4, 2015) was an American film and television character actress and drama coach. She portrayed feisty old ladies and is best known as the rapping grandmother Rosie in The Wedding Singer (1998), performing "Rapper's Delight". Dow's other film roles include elderly lady Mary Cleary who "outs" her grandson in Wedding Crashers, Disco Dottie in 54, the recipient of Christopher Lloyd's character's slapstick in Radioland Murders and a choir nun in Sister Act. She was best known to small screen audiences for her guest appearances on sitcoms The Golden Girls (playing Lillian, a friend of Sophia's) and Will & Grace (as Karen Walker’s mother-in-law Sylvia).

Audrey Abruzzi 2007

Ellen Albertini Dow as Audrey Abruzzi in the episode Torn.

She portrayed Audrey Abruzzi in the episode Torn in 2007 when she was 93 years old at the time of production. Sadly, she died on May 4, 2015 at age 101 due to pneumonia.


  • At the age 93 at the time of production, she was the oldest actress to be featured as a guest in this series.