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Roz Kelly (born July 29, 1943) is an American actress, perhaps best known for playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli's (Henry Winkler) girlfriend Carol "Pinky" Tuscadero on the television series Happy Days.[1]

Roz Kelly
Happy Days Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero 1976.JPG
Kelly as Pinky Tuscadero with Henry Winkler as Fonzie, 1976
Born (1943-07-29) July 29, 1943 (age 76)
OccupationActress
Years active1968–1983

CareerEdit

Before Happy Days, Roz Kelly worked as a staff photographer for New York Magazine, where she took pictures of both unknowns and celebrities, including Jimi Hendrix, Soupy Sales, Andy Warhol, Cream, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, and photographer Diane Arbus.[2][3]

On Happy Days, Kelly played Carol "Pinky" Tuscadero, the older sister of Leather Tuscadero (played by singer Suzi Quatro). Carol insisted on being called "Pinky," and usually dressed in attire to match. Pinky was slated to be Fonzie's long-term girlfriend after her initial appearances in episodes 64–66; commercials for the next season even began promoting the character. When discord occurred among Kelly, the cast, and producers, her character was dropped; she was only mentioned briefly in two later episodes.

Beyond Happy Days, Kelly reprised her Pinky role on the first episode of the short-lived 1977 Happy Days spin-off, Blansky's Beauties. She had a small but memorable role in the television thriller Curse of the Black Widow. She portrayed Diane Sullivan in the slasher film New Year's Evil (1981).[4] Kelly also appeared in guest roles on Starsky & Hutch, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Baretta, Kojak, The Love Boat, The Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie's Angels, and Fantasy Island.[1] Her role in Starsky & Hutch was created when star Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) planned to quit at the start of the third season, with Kelly's character, Officer Linda Baylor, intended to fill his place. However, Glaser was persuaded to stay, and Kelly's character only appeared in the episode "Fatal Charm." Her role as Pinky Tuscadero achieved some level of cult fame; so closely was she identified with the character that she was billed as Roz "Pinky Tuscadero" Kelly for her appearance on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

During this period, Kelly also appeared as a celebrity panelist on such game shows as Match Game PM and Hollywood Squares.

Kelly also played roles in films such as Greetings, The Owl and the Pussycat, and Full Moon High.

Kelly appeared as a guest on The Jenny Jones Show in an episode titled "Whatever Happened to Your Favorite Television Stars?"[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Kelly was born in Mount Vernon, New York.

On November 29, 1998, she was arrested for firing a 12-gauge shotgun into the living room window of a neighbor's house after a car alarm woke her up;[5] she also shot the neighbor's car and another car nearby. The neighbor was not home at the time. Pleading no contest to the charge of firing into the house, she received three years' felony probation on October 20, 2000. She was also ordered to receive psychiatric counseling and pay restitution as ordered by the probation department.[6]

On October 27, 2000, she was sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading "no contest" to charges stemming from an August 20, 2000, arrest for hitting a man with her cane.[7] She was given credit for the 98 days that she had already spent in jail awaiting sentencing, thus avoiding having to spend any more time in jail.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b McCarthy, Dennis (1995-04-02). "Pinky Tuscadero Fighting For Actors With Disabilities". Daily News of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-01-01.
  2. ^ Elkort, Martin. "Roz Kelly: Idyll Hands" (PDF). Rangefinder magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  3. ^ "Roz Kelly Pictures and Images". Getty Images.
  4. ^ Scream Factory Rings in the New Year's Evil Details
  5. ^ "'HAPPY DAYS' PINKY CHARGED". People. April 28, 1999.
  6. ^ "Probation For 'Happy Days' Star". CBS News. 1999-10-21. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  7. ^ Liu, Caitlin (2000-10-27). "Van Nuys Judge Gives 'Happy Days' Actress 120 Days in Jail". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  8. ^ "'Happy Days' vet spared prison trip". City News Service. Retrieved 2010-12-04.

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