Stage and Screen Actress Paula Kelly Dies at 77
Coal black Repertory Theater (ERT) and THE FAMILY of Paula Kelly reported today that Emmy-designated on-screen character, artist, choreographer and artist, Paula Kelly passed on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Whittier, California from ceaseless obstructive pneumonic ailment. She was 77.
Ms. Kelly, named Paula Alma Kelly, was conceived October 21, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. She was one of three girls.
Her family moved to New York City’s Harlem where she was raised. Ms. Kelly went to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. She proceeded with her advanced education and moved on from Julliard School of Music, where she earned her M.S. degree under Martha Graham.
As an artist, Ms. Kelly proceeded as a soloist for Martha Graham, Donald MacKayle and Alvin Ailey.
Her movie credits include: Sweet Charity coordinated and arranged by Bob Fosse; The Andromeda Strain,Uptown Saturday Night and Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, to give some examples.
Ms. Kelly got numerous Emmy Award assignments for her work on The Richard Pryor Show, Night Courtand The Women of Brewster Place. Ms. Kelly’s other TV credits incorporate The Strollin’ 20’s, which was delivered by Sidney Poitier; BBC’s introduction of Peter Pan (co-movement with Michael Kidd); New York, New York with Gene Kelly; and We Love You Madly with Duke Ellington and Quincy Jones.
She graced the phase in incalculable theater creations including Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope at the Mark Taper Forum for which she won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Supporting Actress;” the West Coast Premiere of Sophisticated Ladies inverse Gregory Hines at The Shubert Theater; and Stevie Wants to Play the Blues coordinated by Simon Callow at L.A.T.C. In 2009, Ms. Kelly left retirement to join the cast of Ebony Repertory Theater’s generation of Crowns by Regina Taylor, which played at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and later moved to Pasadena Playhouse.
“When the stunningly splendid Paula Kelly turned into our first contract for our generation of the Los Angeles debut of Crowns, we promptly realized that we were coming up for something amazingly exceptional. During practices and underway, she brought her colossal triple danger ability, her sharp mind, her incredible capacity to tune in, and her rich liberality to tolerate on the organization each and every day. Her unassuming authority was set apart by sympathy, style and beauty. She was an uncommon and skilled craftsman, whom we will love always,” said Ebony Repertory Theater, Producing Artistic Director Wren T. Darker.
Paula Kelly is made due by her auntie Pearl Mackey of Jacksonville, Florida; long-lasting partner George Parkington; her niece Dina McCarthy; her nephew Lehman Brockett, and a large group of loved ones.
A festival of Paula Kelly’s life will be held in Los Angeles at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center. Subtleties to be reported sometime in the not too distant future.