Paula Kelly (I) (1942–2020)


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Tall, graceful, supremely accomplished American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three daughters, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old. Unlike her siblings, she had strong musical inclinations which were recognised early on by her ... See full bio »

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The Andromeda Strain Karen Anson
(1971)
Soylent Green Martha
(1973)
Night Court Public Defender Liz Williams
(1984-1989)
Sweet Charity Helene
(1969)

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 1999 Any Day Now (TV Series)
- Family Is Family (1999)
 1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (TV Movie)
Mrs. Devers
 1995 University Hospital (TV Series)
Dr. Leslie Bauer
- Shadow of a Doubt (1995) ... Dr. Leslie Bauer
 1994 Drop Squad
Aunt Tilly
 1994 South Central (TV Series)
Sweets
- Date (1994) ... Sweets
- Gun: Part 2 (1994) ... Sweets
- Men (1994) ... Sweets
- Pilot (1994) ... Sweets
 1993 Bank Robber
Mother
 1992 Room for Two (TV Series)
Diahnn Boudreau
- Little White Lies (1992) ... Diahnn Boudreau
- Not Quite... Room for Two (1992) ... Diahnn Boudreau
 1991 Baby Talk (TV Series)
Claire
- Tooth and Nail (1991) ... Claire
- The Whiz Kid (1991) ... Claire
- Give a Sucker an Even Break (1991) ... Claire
 1990 American Playhouse (TV Series)
- Zora Is My Name! (1990)
 1989 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Pepper Leveau
- Bayou (1989) ... Pepper Leveau
 1989 The Women of Brewster Place (TV Mini Series)
Theresa
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Theresa
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Theresa
 1987 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Marguerite
- The Housekeeper (1987) ... Marguerite
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Lt. Lois Poole
- Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987) ... Lt. Lois Poole
 1987 Uncle Tom's Cabin (TV Movie)
Cassy
 1986 Amen (TV Series)
Leona
- Rolly Falls in Love (1986) ... Leona
 1986 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Sylvia
- Cheek to Cheek (1986) ... Sylvia
 1984-1985 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
Ginger Jones
- Episode #1.180 (1985) ... Ginger Jones
- Episode #1.175 (1985) ... Ginger Jones
- Episode #1.174 (1985) ... Ginger Jones
- Episode #1.172 (1985) ... Ginger Jones
- Episode #1.73 (1984) ... Ginger Jones
 1985 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Alice Taylor-Hancock
- Aftershocks (1985) ... Alice Taylor-Hancock (as Paula Kelly)
 1985 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Mrs. Eagleton
- Davenport in a Storm (1985) ... Mrs. Eagleton
 1984 Hot Pursuit (TV Series)
Connie
- Portrait of a Lady Killer (1984) ... Connie
 1984 Night Court (TV Series)
Public Defender Liz Williams
- Hi Honey, I'm Home (1984) ... Public Defender Liz Williams
- Bull's Baby (1984) ... Public Defender Liz Williams
- Harry and the Rock Star (1984) ... Public Defender Liz Williams
- Some Like It Hot (1984) ... Public Defender Liz Williams
- Wonder Drugs (1984) ... Public Defender Liz Williams
 1983 Chiefs (TV Mini Series)
Liz Watts
- Part 3 (1983) ... Liz Watts
 1983 Feel the Heat (TV Series)
Sally Long
- Episode dated 5 August 1983 (1983) ... Sally Long
 1976-1981 Insight (TV Series)
Vilma Johnson / Grace (Holy Ghost)
- A Step Too Slow (1981) ... Vilma Johnson
- Jesus B.C. (1976) ... Grace (Holy Ghost)
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Betty Simons
- Straight and Narrow (1981) ... Betty Simons
 1980 The Cheap Detective (TV Movie)
Inez Krowder
 1979 Good Times (TV Series)
Dr. Kelly
- Where Have All the Doctor's Gone? (1979) ... Dr. Kelly
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Janet Carlisle
- The Queen of Hearts Is Wild (1977) ... Janet Carlisle
 1977 The Richard Pryor Show (TV Series)
Betty 'Satin Doll'
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Betty 'Satin Doll'
 1975-1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Linda Summers / Linda Sommers
- Once a Snitch (1977) ... Linda Sommers
- Wednesday's Child (1976) ... Linda Summers
- The Company (1975) ... Linda Summers
 1975-1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
A. Chamberlain / Carol
- The Thrill Killers: Part 2 (1976) ... A. Chamberlain
- The Thrill Killers: Part 1 (1976) ... A. Chamberlain
- Men Will Die (1975) ... Carol
 1976 Drum
Rache
 1976 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Tiger Lily
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Cora Bloom
- The Wedding March (1975) ... Cora Bloom
 1970-1974 Medical Center (TV Series)
Ames / Ellie James
- Saturday's Child (1974) ... Ames
- The Rebel in White (1970) ... Ellie James
 1974 Uptown Saturday Night
Leggy Peggy
 1974 Lost in the Stars
Rose
 1974 Tough Guys
Fay
 1973 The Spook Who Sat by the Door
Dahomey Queen
 1973 Soylent Green
Martha
 1973 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Olaiya
- Lamont Goes African (1973) ... Olaiya
 1972 Trouble Man
Cleo
 1972 Top of the Heap
Black Chick
 1972 Cool Breeze
Martha Harris
 1971 The Andromeda Strain
Karen Anson
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Wilma Smith
- A Busload of Bishops (1970) ... Wilma Smith
 1969 Sweet Charity
Helene
 1968 The Carol Burnett Show (TV Series)
Dance Instructor
- Jack Cassidy, George Chakiris, and Shirley Jones (1968) ... Dance Instructor
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Other Works:

She acted in Duke Ellington's musical, "Sophisticated Ladies", at the Schubert Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Gregory Hines in the cast. See more »

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Spouse:

Don Chaffey  (his death)  (1 child)
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Trivia:

She was an accomplished singer and dancer. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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