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Paula Kelly

Highest Rated:   100% Sweet Charity (1969)
Lowest Rated:   14% Drop Squad (1994)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
71% Soylent Green
  • Martha
1973
No Score Yet Top of the Heap
  • Black Chick
1972
No Score Yet Trouble Man
  • Cleo
1972
67% The Andromeda Strain
  • Nurse
1971
100% 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

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