MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Elizabeth Ramsey, a popular Filipino singer, comedian and actress who entertained crowds with racy gags and a raspy voice, has died. She was 83.
Her daughter, Jaya Ramsey, said in a Facebook post that Ramsey died in her sleep Thursday, two months after suffering a stroke. “Mama Beth is now with our Lord. … Love and laughter, she has given not just our family but the whole nation,” her daughter said.
Ramsey entered the local entertainment world after winning a singing contest in the 1950s and later became known as the Philippine “Queen of Rock and Roll” and “Original Queen of Comedy.”
She endeared herself to Filipinos with her self-deprecating humor and sex-laced jokes, sometimes lifting her skirt in front of the audience and fellow performers.