Mary Ellen Trainor Dies Aged 62

Mary Ellen Trainor Dies Aged 62

Actress Mary Ellen Trainor, most notable for roles in Lethal Weapon and The Goonies, has died in her home in Montecito, California, at age 62. The information was confirmed by the President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy on Monday. 

Trainor started her career as an assistant to the producer on films like 1941 by Steven Spielberg, shot in 1979. It is interesting to note that Robert Zemeckis, her future husband, wrote the story. Zemeckis later cast Trainor in Romancing the Stone, where she played Kathleen Turner’s kidnapped sister. She acted in cameo roles in a number of Zemeckis's movies like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. She also acted in the Lethal Weapon franchise which made her a star of the eighties. She was also noticed as mother of two main characters in the world-famous Goonies, in addition to appearing in Ghostbusters II. 

Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement that she has been close to Mary ever since they became college roommates. “She even provided the introduction to Steven Spielberg that jumpstarted my career," Kennedy said in a statement. "She was a great actress, warm friend and generous spirit."   

Trainor and her husband got divorced in 2000, and they had one son together, called Alex Zemeckis. 


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