Is Edie McClurg OK? Family of 'Ferris Bueller' star, 76, accuses 'friend' of sexually abusing her
Edie McClurg is famous for portraying the role of Grace in 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off'. She has more than 200 movies to her credit and has appeared in iconic films such as 'Planes, Trains, and Automobiles' and has also lent her voice to animated films like 'The Little Mermaid', 'A Bug’s Life', 'Cars' and 'The Rugrats Movie'.
Now, relatives of the 76-year-old actress allege that she is a victim of elder abuse. McClurg was born on July 23, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri to Mac and Irene McClurg and also has a sibling named Bob McClurg who is also an actor. Information about her personal life is scarce, but it is well-known that the actress is unmarried. McClurg began her career on the radio.
Is Edie McClurg OK?
The 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' star currently lives in Los Angeles and suffers from dementia. According to the allegations made by her family, the star is reportedly being abused by a man claiming to be a 'long-time' friend who reportedly attempted to take her out of California to marry her. The documents, filed in the Superior Court of California, name the alleged abuser as Michael L Ramos, who has reportedly been living at the 76-year-old actress' Los Angeles residence since 2017, according to a report by the New York Post.
A neuropsychological evaluation report obtained in 2019 by NY Post stated McClurg who is under conservatorship “suffers from a progressive, unreversible neurodegenerative disorder.” The report emphasized prior instances in which McClurg was allegedly taken advantage of, including by a married contractor who did work on her home and later reportedly “proceeded to live” in her home, claiming to be “her boyfriend”. As a result the contractor’s wife allegedly “began calling the patient and even stalking the patient” and it was put to an end only after McClurg’s cousin Angelique Cabral intervened.
In the recent case, the documents presented to the court claim that Ramos allegedly “sexually assaulted” McClurg’s current caregiver, a complaint regarding it has also been filed. The actress' caregiver has also expressed fears that Ramos "has or may be assaulting' the star and that "she may not even know that it is happening to her." According to the documents, McClurg has “never been involved [in] a romantic relationship” with Ramos.
Ramos has been living at the 76-year-old actress’ Los Angeles home since 2017. Ramos is unemployed and does not pay rent or any expenses and was able to find his way into McClurg’s life, state court files. Reportedly, Ramos has been attempting to move her out of California to marry her despite her dementia diagnosis. McClurg has received protection from the judge who ordered Ramos that he “may not enter into a valid marriage” with her. The conservatorship has been in place since 2019 and her lawyer is now reportedly asking for an order to remove Ramos from the legal arrangement altogether. However, McClurg’s family approached the court in 2019 to ask for a legal arrangement, with claims she had been living with a male companion who was verbally abusive and tried to influence the ownership of her estate by reportedly getting her to sign documents.
McClurg's portrayal of John Ehrlichman in the radio show ‘Conversation 26’ is considered one of her stellar performances. What sets her apart from other comedians is her life-long devotion to satirical improv comedy. Her breakthrough movie role was Helen in the supernatural horror classic ‘Carrie’ (1976). McClurg’s first recurring television role was as Venus Kallikak in the TV series ‘The Kallikaks’ (1977). She also portrayed different comic characters on ‘The Richard Pryor Show’ (1977). Not only has she created characters for TV shows like ‘The Richard Pryor Show’ and ‘The David Letterman Show’, but has also performed live onstage. Besides acting and performing comedy, she has also sung in shows and films like ‘The Golden Girls’, ‘Valerie’, and ‘Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie'.