Patsy Kelly

Actor, Comedian, Dancer
Tough, wisecracking comic of stage and screen, who brightened up many a film in the 1930s. The Brooklyn-born, Manhattan-bred Kelly was discovered by vaudeville star Frank Fay and by 1927 was on Broadway, in "Harry ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1910 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Rose Rafferty (Actor)

Freaky Friday 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Schmauss (Actor)

The Cop and the Kid 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Laura-Louise (Actor)

The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Myrtle Forbush (Actor)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

Maggie--Maid (Actor)

The Crowded Sky 1959 (Movie)

Gertrude Ross (Actor)

In Old California 1941 (Movie)

Helga (Actor)

Merrily We Live 1937 (Movie)

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The Cowboy and the Lady 1937 (Movie)

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There Goes My Heart 1937 (Movie)

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Pigskin Parade 1935 (Movie)

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Sing, Baby, Sing 1935 (Movie)

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Go Into Your Dance 1934 (Movie)

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Thanks a Million 1934 (Movie)

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The Pigeon (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tough, wisecracking comic of stage and screen, who brightened up many a film in the 1930s. The Brooklyn-born, Manhattan-bred Kelly was discovered by vaudeville star Frank Fay and by 1927 was on Broadway, in "Harry Delmar's Revels". Among her other Broadway shows were "Three Cheers" and Earl Carroll's "Sketch Book" (1929), Carroll's "Vanities" (1930), and "Wonder Bar" (1931). Hollywood came calling that same year, and Hal Roach signed her to do a series of delightful two-reel comedies co-starring Thelma Todd. The series ended after 21 films when Todd died in 1935.

Relationships

Tallulah Bankhead Actor

Companion
had long-term relationship in 1940s and 50s

Wilma Cox

Companion
lived together in the 1930s separated when they moved to NYC in the early 1940s

Milestones

1979

Last feature film, "North Avenue Irregulars"

1972

Appeared with Debbie Reynolds in Broadway revival of "Irene"

1970

Co-starred in Broadway revival of "No No Nannette", starring Ruby Keeler

1968

TV-movie debut, "The Pigeon" (ABC)

1960

Returned to features in "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"

1953

Was panelist on TV game show "Anyone Can Win" (CBS)

1942

Last film for nearly twenty years, "Ladies' Day"

1933

Co-starred with Thelma Todd in series of two-reel comedies for producer Hal Roach

1933

First role in full-length feature, "Going Hollywood"

1927

Began appearing on Broadway

Was series regular on the NBC sitcom "The Cop and the Kid"

Discovered by Frank Fay

Worked as a domestic in the 1940s after Hollywood career ended; was hired by Tallulah Bankhead

Bonus Trivia

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Kelly was arrested in a bar brawl with two other women in 1963.

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"There are just times when it seems you can't do anything wrong. Then there are other times when whatever you do is wrong. I think I could have had more drive. I was never very ambitious."--Patsy Kelly, quoted in Richard Lamparski's "WHATEVER BECAME OF...?", vol. 8.

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