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‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Actress Edie McClurg May Be a Victim of Elder Abuse

Photo Credit: melissa-joi / MoviestillsDB
Photo Credit: melissa-joi / MoviestillsDB

Arguably best known for her role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Edie McClurg has had an extensive Hollywood career in both film and television. She’s worked as an on-screen actress, comedian and voice actress, taking many roles with Disney. She has recently been in the news not for her career, but for allegations that she’s a victim of elder abuse.

Edie McClurg’s career in Hollywood

Edie McClurg’s diverse career began in radio as a newsperson, DJ and producer for KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Missouri. Since then, she’s transitioned into film and TV, with 90 and 55 appearances, respectively. Aside from 1986’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, she’s had roles in other famous films, such as Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), Carrie (1976) and Natural Born Killers (1994).

Edie McClurg as a car rental agent in 'Planes, Trains & Automobiles'
Edie McClurg portrayed a car rental agent in Planes, Trains & Automobiles, 1987. (Photo Credit: APacino / Paramount Pictures / Moviestillsdb)

McClurg also acted in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Two and a Half Men, NCIS, Family Guy and Mike & Molly. Some of her most successful projects, however, are her voice-acting roles, such as Minnie in Cars (2006), Mary in Wreck-In Ralph (2012), Gerda in Frozen (2013) and Carlotta in The Little Mermaid (1989).

Edie McClurg’s conservatorship

While Edie McClurg is still acting, she was diagnosed with dementia around 2017. Court documents from her doctors revealed she is “no longer able to handle her own affairs given severe cognitive dysfunction, is not capable of living alone without supervision and assistance, and is especially vulnerable to undue influence given her poor judgment and evident dementia.”

Felix McNulty standing with his arm around Edie McClurg
Edie McClurg with comedian and The Comedy Chateau owner Felix McNulty during their appearance at the establishment, June 5, 2021. (Photo Credit: Michael S. Schwartz / Getty Images)

In 2019, McClurg was placed under a conservatorship, managed by her cousin, Angelique Cabral, following documents filed by Cabral, along with the actress’ niece and friend. Their insistence that a conservatorship be issued was based on concerns regarding Michael L. Ramos, who, until recently, lived with McClurg.

Her loved ones believed she wasn’t capable of understanding her relationship with Ramos and that he’d tried to force her to change the plans for her estate upon her death.

Claims of elder abuse have arisen

Years later, the issues with Ramos have continued, despite Edie McClurg having been placed under a conservatorship. Further documents filed by Cabral requested a temporary restraining order against Ramos, who has allegedly been abusing McClurg in her own home.

The restraining order was granted by the court, meaning Ramos must now stay 100 yards away from the actress. As well, he can no longer live or have contact with her.

Edie McClurg waving
Edie McClurg participates in the Alzheimer’s Association’s 21st Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Century Park, November 3, 2013. (Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images)

In the documents, Cabral highlighted the ongoing problems with Ramos since he started claiming to be one of McClurg’s “longtime friend[s],” moving into her home despite never working, paying rent or covering any expenses. He then allegedly tried to leave California with her, so they could marry. However, the court stopped this, as she didn’t have the capacity to make such a decision.

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Ramos vehemently denied the allegations, saying, “Angelique Cabral wants me to be removed from the residence and uses mere lies and speculation that I have harmed or may harm Edie and that is a lie that I cannot live with and must defend. I did not harm Edie McClurg and I would not harm Edie McClurg.”

Rosemary Giles

Rosemary Giles is a history content writer with Hive Media. She received both her bachelor of arts degree in history, and her master of arts degree in history from Western University. Her research focused on military, environmental, and Canadian history with a specific focus on the Second World War. As a student, she worked in a variety of research positions, including as an archivist. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the History Department.

Since completing her degrees, she has decided to take a step back from academia to focus her career on writing and sharing history in a more accessible way. With a passion for historical learning and historical education, her writing interests include social history, and war history, especially researching obscure facts about the Second World War. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her partner, her cats, and her horse, or sitting down to read a good book.