Paula Kelly (actress)
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Paula Kelly (born October 21, 1943) is a dancer, singer, and actress in films, television and theatre. Kelly made her Broadway debut as Mrs. Veloz in the 1964 musical Something More!, sharing the stage with Barbara Cook. Her other Broadway credits include The Dozens (1969), Paul Sills' Story Theatre (1971), Ovid's Metamorphoses (1971), and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies (1981) with Gregory Hines and Phyllis Hyman.
Paula Kelly, ca. 1977
|Born||October 21, 1943|
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School|
(m. 1985; died 1990)
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, the daughter of a jazz musician, Kelly was raised in New York City's Harlem. She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, majoring in music, and continued her studies at the Juilliard School of Music, where she majored in dance under Martha Hill. Graduating with an M.S. degree, she performed as a soloist with major modern dance companies such as Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Alvin Ailey.
Kelly performed as guest artist and sometimes assistant choreographer for numerous television musical specials, including Sammy and Friends (starring Sammy Davis, Jr.); co-choreographer of the BBC production of Peter Pan, in which she also performed the role of Tiger-Lily; Quincy Jones' TV tribute to Duke Ellington, We Love You Madly; The Richard Pryor Show; and Gene Kelly's New York, New York, in which the two Kellys performed a duet.
Kelly performed a dance solo at the 41st Academy Awards for the nominated title song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). She appeared on the London stage in Sweet Charity with dancer and actress Juliet Prowse, for which Kelly won the London Variety Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in the record-breaking west coast premiere of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope at the Mark Taper Forum, for which she was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Variety, and the first of three NAACP Image Awards.
Kelly's film credits include the Bob Fosse-directed film Sweet Charity; Soylent Green; The Spook Who Sat by the Door; The Andromeda Strain; Uptown Saturday Night; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling; Drop Squad; and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored. Kelly had a recurring role as Liz Williams on the first season of the sitcom Night Court, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. Kelly also guest-starred in a variety of television movies and sitcoms, including Sanford and Son, Kojak, Police Woman, Golden Girls, Good Times, Any Day Now and in the Oprah Winfrey-produced TV mini-series The Women of Brewster Place (based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Gloria Naylor), in which she portrayed one half of a lesbian couple (with Lonette McKee) struggling against homophobia in an inner-city ghetto. She was nominated for a second Emmy for her role in The Women of Brewster Place.
|1971||The Andromeda Strain||Karen Anson|
|1972||Cool Breeze||Martha Harris|
|1972||Top of the Heap||Black Chick|
|1973||The Spook Who Sat by the Door||Dahomey Queen|
|1974||Three Tough Guys||Fay|
|1974||Lost in the Stars||Rose|
|1974||Uptown Saturday Night||Leggy Peggy|
|1986||Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling||Satin Doll|
|1994||Drop Squad||Aunt Tilly|
|1995||Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored||Ma Pearl|
|1973||The Carol Burnett Show||Dance Instructor||"6.22”|
|1970||The Young Lawyers||Wilma||"A Busload of Bishops"|
|1970||Medical Center||Ellie James||"The Rebel in White"|
|1973||Sanford and Son||Olayia||"Lamont Goes African"|
|1974||Medical Center||Ames||"Saturday's Child"|
|1975||Cannon||Cora Bloom||"The Wedding March"|
|1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Carol||"Men Will Die"|
|1975-77||Police Woman||Linda Summers||"The Company", "Wednesday's Child", "Once a Snitch"|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||A. Chamberlain||"The Thrill Killers: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1976||Peter Pan||Tiger Lily||TV film|
|1976||Insight||Grace (Holy Ghost)||"Jesus B.C."|
|1977||The Richard Pryor Show||Betty 'Satin Doll'||"1.1"|
|1977||Kojak||Janet Carlisle||"The Queen of Hearts Is Wild"|
|1979||Good Times||Dr. Kelly||"Where Have All the Doctors Gone?"|
|1980||The Cheap Detective||Inez Krowder||TV short|
|1981||Insight||"A Step Too Slow"|
|1981||Trapper John, M.D.||Betty Simons||"Straight and Narrow"|
|1983||Chiefs||Liz Watts||"Part 3"|
|1983||Feel the Heat||Sally Long||TV series|
|1984||Night Court||Liz Williams||Main role|
|1984||Hot Pursuit||Connie||"Portrait of a Lady Killer"|
|1984-85||Santa Barbara||Ginger Jones||Recurring role|
|1985||Hill Street Blues||Mrs. Eagleton||"Davenport in a Storm"|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Alice Taylor-Hancock||"Aftershocks"|
|1986||St. Elsewhere||Sylvia||"Cheek to Cheek"|
|1986||Amen||Leona||"Rolly Falls in Love"|
|1987||Uncle Tom's Cabin||Cassy||TV film|
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Lt. Lois Poole||"Kung Fu: The Next Generation"|
|1987||The Golden Girls||Marguerite Brown||"The Housekeeper"|
|1989||The Women of Brewster Place||Theresa||TV miniseries|
|1989||Mission: Impossible||Pepper Leveau||"Bayou"|
|1990||American Playhouse||"Zora Is My Name!"|
|1991||Baby Talk||Claire||"Give a Sucker an Even Break", "The Whiz Kid", "Tooth and Nail"|
|1992||Room for Two||Diahnn Boudreau||"Not Quite... Room for Two", "Little White Lies"|
|1994||South Central||Sweets||"Pilot", "Men", "Gun: Part 2", "Date"|
|1995||University Hospital||Dr. Leslie Bauer||"Shadow of a Doubt"|
|1996||Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story||Mrs. Devers||TV film|
|1999||Any Day Now||"Family Is Family"|
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