Ellen Hamilton Latzen | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Ellen Hamilton Latzen
  • Occupation Former Actress, Voice-over Artist, Consultant, Sales Manager
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace USA
  • Birth Date Jul 26, 1980
  • Age 41 Years, 3 Months
Former American Actress Known For 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

Ellen Hamilton Latzen | Biography

Voice-over artist for over three decades at SAG-AFTRA

In 1987, Ellen Hamilton Latzen made her acting debut in the suspense film 'Fatal Attraction' representing the child character Ellen Gallagher. She was just seven years old at that time. The same year, she guest-starred as Michelle Davis in the episode titled 'Miracle in Columbus' of the TV series 'Family Ties.' Subsequently, she appeared in the 1988 comedy film, 'Mr. North' as Ada.

Ellen Hamilton Latzen is a former actress famous for her role as Ruby Sue in the movie 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.'

Who Is Ellen Hamilton Latzen?

Ellen Hamilton Latzen is a former actress who played in a few TV features as a child. She is prominently known for starring in the films Fatal Attraction (1987), Mr. North (1988), and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989). However, when she was about to leave a prominent imprint in the entertainment industry, she deviated to a mainstream academic and career pathway. After pursuing Fine Arts from California College of the Arts, she worked in sales, eventually climbing up to the executive position of the discipline.

Early Life and Education

Ellen Hamilton Latzen was born in the United States on 26 July 1980 to Anne Hamilton and Bob Latzen. She held a successful reputation as a child actress. However, she swiftly faded from the public's sight after attaining a successful child celebrity status to pursue a mainstream career pathway.

Latzen left acting after attending Putney School in Vermont in 1995, figuring that she would be out of the acting profession for four years by the time she graduated. However, she was unsure if her return to the entertainment industry would be worthwhile. Then, in 2001, Latzen enrolled at California College of the Arts and graduated with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in glass in 2003.


In 1987, Latzen made her acting debut in the suspense film Fatal Attraction representing the child character Ellen Gallagher. She was just seven years old at that time. The same year, she guest-starred as Michelle Davis in the episode titled 'Miracle in Columbus' of the TV series Family Ties. Subsequently, she appeared in the 1988 comedy film Mr. North as Ada. The following year, she made a cameo appearance in the TV series The Equalizer as Mindy Morrison in the episode 'Lullaby of Darkness.' 

Furthermore, Latzen played Ruby Sue in the 1989 film National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and went to guest-star as Casey Walsh in the TV series ABC Afterschool Specials the same year. She was featured in the episode titled 'Over the Limit,' dedicated to drunk driving. In 1995, she played Carol in the short film Alkali, Iowa, and in 1997, she reprised her role as Carol in Boys Life 2. 

In addition, Latzen was also one of the performers in the Broadway adaptation of the play Four Baboons Adoring the Sun in 1992.

'Christmas Vacation'

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation premiered on 1 December 1989. The movie is based on a short story dubbed 'Christmas '59' penned by John Hughes. Moreover, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the third sequel of the Vacation series; the first one being National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and the second one being National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985).

The movie encircled the Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) family's preparation for a perfectly huge family Christmas which predictably devolved into a major disaster. Latzen portrayed Ruby Sue, the daughter of Catherine Flynn and Eddie Quaid and niece of Clark Griswold in the movie.

Latzen told Huff Post in 2020 that she was excited to film her inaugural scene for Christmas Vacation in the RV then, which she termed a huge camper. She also spoke about the wig she donned for the film. She had to wear a wig for the movie since she had a mullet as a child. She also added onto her favorite cast story from the movie, which was the Christmas dinner.

What Is Ellen Hamilton Latzen Doing Now?

Upon graduating from California College of the Arts, she barely thought of returning to the acting profession. Instead, she started a career path in sales and eventually prospered to executive positions in the domain.

In 2005, she became the diary and sales coordinator at Marriott International and continued the work until 2006. In 2007, she was recruited by Trafalgar Tours as group sales manager and operations specialist, and she worked for the position till 2008. After that, she got employed as group sales and catering coordinator at Ace Hotel from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2011, she worked as operations manager and account executive at San Francisco Bay Guardian. 

From 2011 to 2012, she held the designation of director of operations at MogoTix, and from 2013 to 2014, she worked as a customer engagement manager at TrueAccord. Successively, she became office manager at Noozcard Inc. in 2015, and after just two months stint, she left the position to work as a freelance photo editor at Getty Images (2015 -2016). Additionally, from 2017 to 2018, she was the event director at Otus Supply. Then in 2019 (May-August), she worked as a contract intern in the business development and partnerships director position at Astrohaus. 

Furthermore, from 2019 to 2020, she became a full-time manager at Campbell's Place. Besides, she has also been working as a voice-over artist for over three decades, from 1987 until now, at SAG-AFTRA. She is also self-employed as a Small Business Support consultant from 2014 to the present.

Is Ellen Hamilton Latzen Married? 

Latzen is not married yet and does not have a husband. However, according to her Instagram post dated 21 June 2021, she is dating Edward Campbell. 

Did You Know?

  • She owns a dog named Griffin, which is all over her Insta feed.
  • Latzen does not have a Wikipedia page as of October 2021.

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