For a couple of generations of movie fans, Elsa Raven was best known for her role in the original\u00a0Back to the Future\u00a0playing the woman collecting money to save the Hill Valley clock tower ("Here's a quarter, lady," replies an annoyed Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly). Sadly, the actress has died at the age of 91. She was born Elsa Rabinowitz on September 21, 1929, in Charleston, South Carolina, and spent much of her career working as a character actress. Things kicked off for her in 1959 when she played portrayed Minnie Jameson in the Broadway play The Legend of Lizzie.\u00a0Other stage roles include the touring company of Neil Simon's\u00a0The Prisoner of Second Avenue\u00a0(1973 to 1974) and then back to Broadway in\u00a0Trelawny of the Wells\u00a0(1975) and\u00a0Anna Christie\u00a0(1977). On the big screen, some of her early roles include\u00a0The Honeymoon Killers\u00a0(1970),\u00a0The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight\u00a0(1971),\u00a0The Amityville Horror\u00a0(1979), providing her voice to Ralph Bakshi's animated\u00a0American Pop\u00a0(1981),\u00a0Twilight Zone: The Movie\u00a0(1983) and, then,\u00a0Back to the Future\u00a0(1985). RELATED: Why Did Eric Stolz Get Fired As the Original Marty McFly in 'Back to the Future'? From 'BTTF' to 'Titanic' (MCA\/Universal Pictures - Courtesy: Everett Collection) While it may sound a little silly to identify her as the "save the clock tower lady," it's actually a pivotal role in that after Marty gives her that quarter, she gives him a flyer and that flyer turns out to play an integral role in the plan for the Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) of 1955 to be able to use a coming lightning storm to send Marty back to his own time. So, let's face it: if it wasn't for her, Marty would be screwed and trapped in the past, where Biff owes him a knuckle sandwich. BTTF\u00a0co-writer and producer Bob Gale paid tribute to Elsa by sharing with\u00a0The Hollywood Reporter, "She was one of those A-list performers who could turn a small role into a memorable one. Although she is on screen for probably less than a minute, everyone remembers her. And casting her is an example of director Bob Zemeckis' philosophy that every\u00a0role is important and can be made memorable." (Paramount Pictures) Following\u00a0Back to the Future, Elsa appeared in another 16 movies, including Clint Eastwood's In the Line of Fire\u00a0(1993), James Cameron's\u00a0Titanic\u00a0(1997), in that oh-so-sad-scene above; The Fourth Tenor\u00a0(2002) and her final film,\u00a0Answers to Nothing\u00a0(2011). (Everett Collection) There were also many TV guest appearances, beginning with a small role in the series Combat!\u00a0in 1963,\u00a0Archie Bunker's Place,\u00a0The A-Team, and Michael Landon's\u00a0Highway to Heaven. She had a recurring role as Carlotta Terranova (eventually Aiuppo) on the acclaimed 1980s undercover crime series\u00a0Wiseguy, on which she played mother to Ken Wahl's OCB agent Vincent Terranova. Elsa also played the character of Inga in 17 episodes of the sitcom\u00a0Amen,\u00a0starring The Jeffersons' Sherman Hemsley. After that, it was mostly single episode appearances, among them Everybody Loves Raymond\u00a0in 2004 and ER in 2008. (NBC \/ Courtesy: Everett Collection) Little is known about her private life, though, again, she died on November 3, 2020, at the age of 91. And she did\u00a0help to save the clock tower.