Paula Kelly

Actor, Singer, Dancer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1943

Filmography

Actor (32)

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Mama Pearl (Actor)

South Central 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The D.R.O.P. Squad 1994 (Movie)

Aunt Tilly (Actor)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Kung Fu: The Next Generation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 (Movie)

Satin Doll (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Feel the Heat 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Marshall Salutes the Big Bands 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheap Detective 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Komedy Tonite 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Richard Pryor Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Pan 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Drum 1976 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Uptown Saturday Night 1974 (Movie)

Leggy Peggy (Actor)

Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost in the Stars 1973 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Soylent Green 1973 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Three Tough Guys 1973 (Movie)

Fay Collins (Actor)

The Spook Who Sat By the Door 1972 (Movie)

Dahomey (Actor)

Cool Breeze 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Harris (Actor)

The Andromeda Strain 1971 (Movie)

Karen Anson (Actor)

Top Of The Heap 1971 (Movie)

Black Chick (Actor)

Trouble Man 1971 (Movie)

Cleo (Actor)

The Soupy Sales Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

Helene (Actor)

The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

Actor

Zora Is My Name! (TV Show)

Actor
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (14)

Deliver Us From Evil 2014 (Movie)

(Makeup)

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Hair & Makeup

A Late Quartet 2012 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Hair & Makeup

Salt 2010 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

Tenderness 2009 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

Body of Lies 2008 (Movie)

(to Mr. Crowe) (Makeup Artist)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(East Coast crew) (Makeup Artist)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

Distant Justice 1992 (Movie)

(Makeup Artist)

Concealed Enemies (TV Show)

Makeup Assistant
Other (1)

Alex in Wonderland 1970 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

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.

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