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Elsa Raven, 'Back to the Future' actress, dies at 91; Michael J. Fox reacts

Character actress Elsa Raven, best known for her role in "Back To The Future," has died at age 91 in Los Angeles, California. In this 2012 file photo, she attended an Oscars screening of "Back To The Future" in Hollywood.

Character actress Elsa Raven, who memorably urged Marty McFly to help "save the clock tower" in "Back to the Future," has died, her agent confirmed. She was 91.

Raven's family told agent David Shaul on Wednesday that Raven had "died peacefully at home in LA," Shaul told USA TODAY. 

Born Elsa Rabinovitz in Charleston, South Carolina, the actress had acted in film and TV since the 1960s, with small parts in "Titanic," "The Line of Fire" and "The Amityville Horror." She had recurring roles on "Days of Our Lives," "Wiseguy," and "Amen" and credits on Broadway and touring plays including "Anna Christie," "Trelawny of the Wells," "The Legend of Lizzie" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." 

In the 1985 sci-fi classic "Back to the Future," Raven, whose character was dubbed the "clock tower lady," confronted Michael J. Fox's Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer (Claudia Wells) in a short but memorable scene in which she begged for help on behalf of the Hill Valley Preservation Society in persuading the town's government that the broken clock in the town square should be preserved as an important part of their history – and, it turns out, eventually an important part of the film's plot, too. 

"Save the clock tower! Save the clock tower!" she said while shaking a can for donation collection at Marty. "Mayor Wilson is sponsoring an initiative to replace that clock. Thirty years ago, lightning struck that clock tower and the clock hasn't run since." 

Fox recalled Raven's enthusiasm for the film in an interview with USA TODAY on Thursday.

“It took me a long time to go to any of those ‘Back to the Future’ conventions or Comic-Con conventions, and when I finally did go, she was there," Fox said. "It was so great to see her, and she was walking through the crowd and saying, ‘Save the clock tower! Save the clock tower!’ "

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Fox added that he was inspired to see how much "Back to the Future" meant to Raven through her life.

"She was a big part of it," he said. "It still meant something in her life, and it still meant something to the people around her. And that’s kind of the movie in a nutshell: It’s just, you have this life, it carries on and it carried on in her. And she really celebrated it. It was a good thing."

Contributing: Charles Trepany