Paula Kelly

Highest Rated: 83% Sweet Charity (1969)
Lowest Rated: 14% Drop Squad (1994)
Birthday: Apr 6, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Tall, elegant African American musical performer Paula Kelly was the daughter of a popular nightclub and band singer of the same name; the elder Paula Kelly had been instrumental in popularizing such 1930s and 1940s standards as "Jeepers Creepers" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo." The younger Kelly launched her own career in the early 1960s. In 1969 she made her first film, re-creating her Broadway role as dance-hall girl Helene in Sweet Charity. Kelly's later films ranged from the excellent (The Andromeda Strain) to the barely tolerable (Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling). Extremely active on series TV, Paula Kelly has played such roles as public defender Liz Williams on Night Court (1984), Theresa in The Women of Brewster Place (the 1989 pilot for Oprah Winfrey's abortive weekly) and Sweets in South Central (1994).

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies Actor 2013
No Score Yet Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life & Music of Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté Screenwriter Director 2013
50% Headspace Alice 2005
No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Mrs. Devers 1996
71% Once upon a Time...When We Were Colored Ma Pearl 1995
14% Drop Squad Aunt Tilly 1994
No Score Yet Bank Robber Mother 1993
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Theresa 1989
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin Actor 1987
55% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Satin Doll 1986
No Score Yet Drum Rachel 1976
71% Uptown Saturday Night Leggy Peggy 1974
No Score Yet Lost in the Stars Rose 1974
67% The Spook Who Sat by the Door Dahomey Queen 1973
73% Soylent Green Martha 1973
No Score Yet Top of the Heap Black Chick 1972
No Score Yet Trouble Man Cleo 1972
63% The Andromeda Strain Nurse 1971
83% Sweet Charity Helene 1969
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Herself, as one of the Modernaires 1953
No Score Yet Crazy House Vocalist, one of the Modernaires 1943
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Vocalist 1941

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Liz Williams
  • 1989
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Marguerite
  • 1987
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Sylvia
  • 1986
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Dr. Brown
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Janet
  • 1977
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Olaiya
  • 1973

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