Mary Ellen Trainor, an accomplished feature-film actress best known for appearing in The Goonies as well as all four Lethal Weapon flicks, died on May 20 at her home in Montecito, California, according to Entertainment Weekly. A lifelong friend of Trainor's, Kathleen Kennedy (also president of Lucasfilm), told reporters that the actress died of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 62 and had a career that spanned nearly three decades. Trainor got her acting start in 1983, with a spot on Cheers. She shifted over to the big screen a year later, reportedly at the suggestion of Michael Douglas, for a role in Robert Zemeckis's Romancing the Stone. Trainor had married Zemeckis in 1980, and after Stone, the two would continue to collaborate on such projects as Back to the Future Part II and Forrest Gump. (They divorced in 2000.) Other credits include roles in Die Hard, Scrooged, Ghostbusters II, Death Becomes Her, and the TV series Roswell. Trainor last appeared in McBride: Requiem, a 2008 TV movie. She's survived by her son, Alex; her mother, Jane; and her four siblings.
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