MANILA, Philippines – 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.