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      Paula Kelly

      Paula Kelly

      Highest Rated: 86% Sweet Charity (1969)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

      Birthday: Oct 21, 1943

      Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, USA

      After studying dancing at Juilliard under legendary choreographer Martha Graham, Paula Kelly danced professionally for Graham and others before landing significant roles on Broadway as a performer and choreographer in her own right. New York wasn't the only stage for her talents, though. She appeared on London's West End in "Sweet Charity," the 1967 musical version of Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria," winning an award for her triumphant performance as the sultry Helene. When the show's director/choreographer, Bob Fosse, mounted a costly movie version of the show, Kelly reprised her role to much acclaim, although the film itself was a bomb. More film work followed, but surprisingly her roles were far from glitzy dance/musical productions. Like many African-American actors working in the early 1970s, Kelly found substantial parts in the gritty, frequently politically charged so-called blaxploitation genre--she starred in the thriller "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," the ambitious fantasy-tinged "Top of the Heap," the crime story "Trouble Man," and the comedy "Uptown Saturday Night" with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, and Harry Belafonte. Her big-screen work during this time wasn't relegated only to black-focused themes, however. She had prominent roles in the science fiction favorite "Soylent Green," starring Charlton Heston, and in the chilling "The Andromeda Strain." When film roles became scarce, there was plentiful television work for her, most notably a recurring guest spot on "Night Court" in 1984 and in the 1989 miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place," both earning her Emmy nominations. Paula Kelly died on February 9, 2020 in Inglewood, CA at the age of 76.

      Highest rated movies

      Sweet Charity poster
      Sweet Charity
      The Spook Who Sat by the Door poster
      The Spook Who Sat by the Door
      Once Upon A Time... When We Were Colored poster
      Once Upon A Time... When We Were Colored
      Soylent Green poster
      Soylent Green
      Uptown Saturday Night poster
      Uptown Saturday Night
      The Andromeda Strain poster The Andromeda Strain Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling poster
      Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Mrs. Devers (Character) - 1996
      71% 87% Once Upon A Time... When We Were Colored Ma Pearl (Character) $65.1K 1995
      No Score Yet 20% Bank Robber Mother (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 94% The Women of Brewster Place Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 53% Uncle Tom's Cabin Cassy (Character) - 1987
      50% 79% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Satin Doll (Character) $16.4M 1986
      67% 80% Uptown Saturday Night Leggy Peggy (Character) - 1974
      73% 84% The Spook Who Sat by the Door Dahomey Queen (Character) - 1973
      69% 70% Soylent Green Martha (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Top of the Heap Black Chick (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cool Breeze Martha Harris (Character) - 1972
      67% 72% The Andromeda Strain Karen Anson (Character) - 1971
      86% 73% Sweet Charity Helene (Character) - 1969

      TV

      Credit
      0% No Score Yet Baby Talk Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Unknown (Character) 1989
      No Score Yet 90% The Golden Girls Marguerite (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Mrs. Eagleton (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet 25% Night Court Liz Willi (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 100% Good Times Dr. Kelly (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Linda Sommers (Guest Star) 1975-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco A. Chamberlain (Guest Star) 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Cora Bloom (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 100% The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1973
      No Score Yet 100% Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960