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Debralee Scott (April 2, 1953 – April 5, 2005) was an American actress best known for her roles on the sitcoms Welcome Back Kotter, Angie, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Forever Fernwood. Scott was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and later lived in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where she was a cheerleader.[1]

Debralee Scott
Born(1953-04-02)April 2, 1953
DiedApril 5, 2005(2005-04-05) (aged 52)
Years active1971–2000


Film and TV rolesEdit

At age 22, she found fame on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman playing Mary's sister Cathy Shumway. She appeared on the first season of the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter as Rosalie "Hotsi" Totsi, guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville in 1976 and played Angie's younger sister Marie Falco in the Donna Pescow situation comedy Angie.

One notable episode of Welcome Back Kotter, which featured Scott's character of Rosalee "Hotsi" Totsi, dealt with her nickname and the impact it had on her life. According to the Internet Movie Database, the episode entitled "whodunit?" deals with Hotsi Totsi announcing she is pregnant after many of the boys had been bragging about how far they had gotten with her on dates. Mr. Kotter sets out to discover which Sweathog is the father and get the father to take responsibility. At the end, it turns out Rosalie lied about being pregnant to draw attention to the fact of the boys having lied about her and thereby giving her the reputation as an easy woman. The episode aired 30 September, 1975 with a parental advisory due to the mature content.[2]

Among her feature film credits were the 1973 feature film American Graffiti, the 1974 film Earthquake, and the 1984 film Police Academy. She played the corpse of a dead girl, Ann Mary Deacon, killed by "Scorpio" (Andy Robinson) in the 1971 Clint Eastwood film Dirty Harry.[3]

Scott was a fixture on the game show circuit in the late 1970s and early 1980s, frequently serving as a celebrity guest on shows including Match Game, The $20,000 Pyramid, Riddlers and Password Plus.

For a while, Debralee continued to work in front of the camera, appearing in two Police Academy movies (including the first), but she later retired and chose a career behind the camera - she became an agent for a company in New York City called Empowered Artists.

In 2000, Scott appeared on a panel with her former Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman castmates at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills.


On September 11, 2001, Scott's fiancé, John Dennis Levi, a Port Authority of NY & NJ police officer,[4] was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

In 2005, Scott moved to Florida to live with her sister. Shortly after her arrival, Scott collapsed into a coma. She soon recovered and was released from the hospital on her birthday. Three days later, on April 5, 2005, she took a nap and apparently died in her sleep. Scott's body was cremated.[5] Her fiance's mother stated that Scott had a drinking problem since 9/11 that led to her developing cirrhosis, which led to her death. Her sister Jerri said, "She never did get over Dennis' death."[6]





  1. ^ Bittan, Dave (November 30, 1984). "Debralee Scott". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  2. ^ Whodunit? (1975) Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979 Accessed online September 26, 2016
  3. ^ Debralee Scott Filmography (including TV work) Accessed September 26, 2016 via Internet
  4. ^ Raines, Howell; Scott, Janny (August 1, 2003). Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from The New York Times. Henry Holt and Company. p. 336-337. ISBN 9780805073607. Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Associated Press (April 10, 2005). "DEBRALEE SCOTT, 52". The Boston Globe. NY Times Co. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2007. Scott died April 5 at her home in Amelia Island of natural causes, said her sister, Jeri Scott, a talent manager in Beverly Hills.
  6. ^ Williams, Steven (April 22, 2005). "Debralee Scott Drank Herself To Death Following 9/11". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved November 19, 2013.

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