Thursday 16 August 2018

Patsy Kelly

Born: 12 January 1910, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 24 September 1981, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Patsy Kelly was a stage, film and radio actress. She is probably best known for her roles with Thelma Todd in a series of short comedy films produced by Hal Roach in the 1930s. After Todd died in 1935, Kelly continued to appear in comedy shorts and features. By 1944, Kelly's film career had just about dried up and she made only one more appearance in a 1947 short comedy. She then returned to New York to appear on radio and on the stage. With the rise of television in the 1950s, Patsy again began to work on screen, albeit a much smaller one, and made guest appearances on shows like 'Laramie' and 'The Untouchables'. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Kelly appeared in many television series and a handful of films, most noteably 'Rosemary's Baby (1968)' and 'Freaky Friday (1976)'.
In 1971, Patsy Kelly won a Tony award for her role in the revival of 'No, No, Nanette' on Broadway, which also starred Ruby Keeler and Helen Gallagher.
Private Number (1936) as Gracie

The Gorilla (1939) as Kitty

In Old California (1942) as Helga


The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) as Rose

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