Today is the incomparable Paula Kelly's 75th Birthday. She's a dancer, singer, and actress in films, television and theatre. Kelly made her #Broadway
debut as Mrs. Veloz in the 1964 musical Something More!, sharing the stage with Barbara Cook. Her other Broadway credits include The Dozens (1969), Paul Sills' Story Theatre (1971), Ovid's Metamorphoses (1971), and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies (1981) with Gregory Hines and Phyllis Hyman. And my personal favorite role of Ms. Kelly, is as Leggy Peggy in #UptownSaturdayNight
. She was hilarious.
Kelly performed as guest artist and sometimes assistant choreographer for numerous television musical specials, including "Sammy and Friends" (starring Sammy Davis, Jr.); co-choreographer of the BBC production of Peter Pan, in which she also performed the role of "Tiger-Lily"; #Quinc
Jones' TV tribute to Duke Ellington, We Love You Madly; The #RichardPryor
Show; and Gene Kelly's New York, New York, in which the two Kellys performed a duet.
Kelly performed a dance solo at the 41st #AcademyAwards
for the nominated title song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). She appeared on the #London
stage in Sweet Charity opposite dancer and actress Juliet Prowse as "Helene", for which Kelly won the London Variety Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in the record-breaking west coast premiere of "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" at the Mark Taper Forum, for which she was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Variety, and the first of three #NAACP
Kelly's film credits include the Bob Fosse-directed film Sweet Charity; #Soylen
Green; The Spook Who Sat by the Door; The Andromeda Strain; Uptown Saturday Night; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling; Drop Squad; and Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored. Kelly had a recurring role as Liz Williams on the first season of the sitcom Night Court, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination. Kelly has also guest-starred in a variety of television movies and sitcoms, including Sanford and Son, Kojak, Police Woman, Golden Girls, Good Times, Any Day Now and in the #OprahWinfrey
-produced TV mini-series The Women of Brewster Place. #PaulaKelly