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'Goonies,' 'Lethal Weapon' Actress Mary Ellen Trainor Dead at 62

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Actress Mary Ellen Trainor on August 18, 1996.GETTY IMAGES / ABC via Getty Images File

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Actress and philanthropist Mary Ellen Trainor, who appeared in every "Lethal Weapon" film and played the mother in "Goonies," has died. She was 62.

The San Francisco-born Trainor moved in 1980 to Los Angeles, where she married director Robert Zemeckis. She started a career in television and film, beginning with the role of Elaine in "Romancing the Stone" and Mrs. Walsh in "The Goonies."

She also appeared in all four "Lethal Weapon" movies, "Die Hard," "Scrooged," "Ghostbusters II," "Back to the Future Part II," "Forrest Gump," the 2003 "Freaky Friday" and racked up scores of television appearances, including leading roles in "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" and "Relativity."

Trainor and Zemeckis divorced in 2000. She supported dozens of causes, from education and disaster relief to cancer research and safe water for developing countries.

She died at her home in Montecito, California, on May 20.

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Actress Mary Ellen Trainor on August 18, 1996.GETTY IMAGES / ABC via Getty Images File

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