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Paula Kelly

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b. 13 Oct 1919, USA, d. 2 Apr 1992, Costa Mesa, California, USA. A fantastic music group and ensemble vocalist using a vivacious character, Kelly started her profession in 1937 with best saxophonist Dick Stabile’s music group, and spent 2 yrs with Al Donahue. She became a member of Glenn Miller in 1941 being a highlighted singer using the Modernaires vocal group; her husband, Hal Dickinson, was founder-leader. Early in 1941 Kelly made an appearance in the initial Glenn Miller film, Sunlight Valley Serenade, where the Modernaires sang classics such as for example ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ and ‘I Understand Why’. Afterwards in the entire year she still left Miller when previous vocalist Marion Hutton rejoined the music group. For some time Kelly sang with Artie Shaw, and for Bob Allen’s music group. In the middle-40s she rejoined the Modernaires once the group extended to five. Within the 50s they made an appearance in night clubs and theatres, toured with Bob Crosby, and sang on his radio and tv shows. They also presented with Crosby, Frankie Laine and Billy Daniels within the film When You’re Smiling (1950), and in The Glenn Miller Tale (1954). After Dickinson passed away on 18 November 1970, Kelly as well as the Modernaires caused ex-Miller sideman Tex Beneke’s music group and Miller’s initial young man vocalist, Ray Eberle, driving within the nostalgia growth from the 70s. Kelly’s information using the Modernaires included ‘Juke Package Saturday Night time’, ‘There! I’ve Said It Once again’, ‘You PARTICIPATE IN My Center’, ‘Goody Goody’, ‘Margie’ and ‘Quit, Look And Pay attention’. With Dick Stabile she documented ‘Shed And Found out’ and ‘My Center Is Acquiring Lessons’; with Al Donahue, ‘Jeepers Creepers’, ‘Moon Like’, ‘The Lambeth Walk’, ‘Stairway TOWARDS THE Celebrities’ and ‘South American Method’; along with Artie Shaw, ‘Somebody’s Rocking My Dreamboat’ and ‘I Don’t WISH TO Walk Without You’. Kelly retired in 1978, and in the past due 80s her child, Paula Kelly Jnr. (b. 21 Oct 1943), was reported to become singing an up to date edition of ‘Juke Container Saturday Evening’ using the Modernaires, along with a 15-piece music group led with the same Tex Beneke.

Quick Facts


Full Name Paula Kelly
Died April 2, 1992, Costa Mesa, California, United States
Profession Actor, Dancer
Education Juilliard School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Nationality American
Spouse Richard Turner, Hal Dickinson
Children Paula Kelly Jr., Martha Dickinson, Julie Dickinson
Music Groups The Modernaires, Glenn Miller Orchestra
Music Songs In the Mood, Pennsylvania Six-Five Thousand, St. Louis Blues March, Perfidia, String Of Pearls, Little Brown Jug, Sunrise Serenade, The Jumpin' Jive, There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This, Moonlight Serenade, Salute to Glenn Miller, Autumn Serenade, The Little Man Who Wasn't There, We Wish You the Merriest, There I've Said It Again, Bugle Call Rag, The Woodchuck Song, The Milkman's Matinee, Over There, When You Wish Upon a Star, Ain't Misbehavin', Auld Lang Syne, Beer Barrel Polka, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Glen Island Special, A Gal in Calico, Air Minded Executive, Peg O' My Heart, Introduction to a Waltz, I Have Dreamed, I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night, De Campton Races
Albums Christmas Serenade in the Glenn Miller Style, A Swinging Christmas, The Modernaires Now, The Modernaires With Paula Kelly Selected Favorites
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Movies Soylent Green, Sweet Charity, The Andromeda Strain, Uptown Saturday Night, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Trouble Man, Three Tough Guys, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored, Cool Breeze, Top of the Heap, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Bank Robber, Lost in the Stars, Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story
TV Shows South Central, Room for Two, Night Court, The Women of Brewster Place


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#Fact
1 She was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance for the musical, "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 She was awarded the 1972 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress for the play, "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3 In the August 1969 issue of Playboy Magazine Paula Kelly was the first person to show actual pubic hair in the magazine's history.
4 Is an accomplished singer and dancer.
5 Played a character named Propensity in the original pilot for Time of Your Life (1988). The network was unhappy with the show, so re-shoots were ordered on the pilot, and Kelly's character was eliminated.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Any Day Now 1999 TV Series
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story 1996 TV Movie Mrs. Devers
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1995 Ma Pearl
University Hospital 1995 TV Series Dr. Leslie Bauer
Drop Squad 1994 Aunt Tilly
South Central 1994 TV Series Sweets
Bank Robber 1993 Mother
Room for Two 1992 TV Series Diahnn Boudreau
Baby Talk 1991 TV Series Claire
American Playhouse 1990 TV Series
Mission: Impossible 1989 TV Series Pepper Leveau
The Women of Brewster Place 1989 TV Series Theresa
The Golden Girls 1987 TV Series Marguerite
CBS Summer Playhouse 1987 TV Series Lt. Lois Poole
Uncle Tom's Cabin 1987 TV Movie Cassy
Amen 1986 TV Series Leona
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling 1986 Satin Doll
St. Elsewhere 1986 TV Series Sylvia
Santa Barbara 1984-1985 TV Series Ginger Jones
Finder of Lost Loves 1985 TV Series Alice Taylor-Hancock
Hill Street Blues 1985 TV Series Mrs. Eagleton
Hot Pursuit 1984 TV Series Connie
Night Court 1984 TV Series Public Defender Liz Williams
Feel the Heat 1983 TV Series Sally Long
Chiefs 1983 TV Mini-Series Liz Watts
Insight 1976-1981 TV Series Grace (Holy Ghost)
Trapper John, M.D. 1981 TV Series Betty Simons
The Cheap Detective 1980 TV Short Inez Krowder
Good Times 1979 TV Series Dr. Kelly
Kojak 1977 TV Series Janet Carlisle
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series Betty 'Satin Doll'
Police Woman 1975-1977 TV Series Linda Summers Linda Sommers
The Streets of San Francisco 1975-1976 TV Series A. Chamberlain / Carol
Drum 1976 Rachel
Peter Pan 1976 TV Movie Tiger Lily
Cannon 1975 TV Series Cora Bloom
Medical Center 1970-1974 TV Series Ames / Ellie James
Uptown Saturday Night 1974 Leggy Peggy
Lost in the Stars 1974 Rose
Tough Guys 1974 Fay
The Spook Who Sat by the Door 1973 Dahomey Queen
Soylent Green 1973 Martha
Sanford and Son 1973 TV Series Olaiya
Trouble Man 1972 Cleo
Top of the Heap 1972 Black Chick
Cool Breeze 1972 Martha Harris
The Andromeda Strain 1971 Karen Anson
The Young Lawyers 1970 TV Series Wilma
Sweet Charity 1969 Helene
The Carol Burnett Show 1968 TV Series Dance Instructor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Dancing! 1985 Documentary performer: "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This"
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Myra Breckinridge 1970 performer: "Chattanooga Choo Choo" - uncredited
The Dean Martin Show 1969 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special performer: "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
Sweet Charity 1969 performer: "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" - uncredited
Walking My Baby Back Home 1953 performer: "De Camptown Races" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Pan 1976 TV Movie assistant choreographer
Lost in the Stars 1974 choreographer
Alex in Wonderland 1970 choreographer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Century of Black Cinema 2003 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Homeless in Hollywood 2011 Documentary Narrator
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1960's 2009 Video documentary Herself
Century of Black Cinema 2003 Video documentary Herself
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration 1990 TV Special Herself
The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour 1984 TV Series Herself - Panelist
The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show 1978 TV Series Herself
NBC Follies 1973 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Carol Burnett Show 1973 TV Series Herself
Duke Ellington... We Love You Madly 1973 TV Special Herself
The Soupy Sales Show 1970 TV Movie Herself - dancer
This Is Tom Jones 1970 TV Series documentary Herself
The Dean Martin Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1963 TV Series Herself
Perry Presents 1959 TV Series Herself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Night Court 1989 TV Series Public Defender Liz Williams

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
1988 ACE CableACE Awards Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Uncle Tom's Cabin (1987)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Night Court (1984)
1974 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)


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