Patsy Kelly

Born Jan 12, 1910

Patsy Kelly was an American stage and film comedic actress.

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1910 Birth Born on January 12, 1910.


1928 18 Years Old Kelly made her Broadway debut in 1928.


1930 20 Years Old In 1930 and 1931, she performed for producer Earl Carroll in his popular Sketches and Vanities musicals.
1933 23 Years Old Kelly, like other New York actors, made her screen debut in a Vitaphone short subject filmed there. In 1933 producer Hal Roach hired Kelly to co-star with Thelma Todd in a series of short-subject comedies. (Kelly replaced ZaSu Pitts, who left Roach after a salary dispute.) The Todd-Kelly shorts cemented Patsy Kelly's image: a brash, wisecracking woman who frequently punctured the pomposity of other characters. … Read More
1935 25 Years Old Kelly made 35 shorts with Todd before Todd died in 1935. … Read More
1938 28 Years Old After the popularity of shorts began to wane, Kelly moved to full-length feature films, often playing working-class character roles in comedies and musicals. One of her memorable roles was as Etta, the cook, in the five Academy Awards-nominated 1938 comedy movie Merrily We Live.


1943 33 Years Old By 1943, Kelly's film career had begun to decline. … Read More


1971 61 Years Old 1 More Event
She returned to Broadway in 1971 in the smash revival of No, No, Nanette with fellow hoofers Ruby Keeler and Helen Gallagher.
1976 66 Years Old In 1976, she appeared as the housekeeper Mrs. Schmauss in the film Freaky Friday starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris.
1979 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Her final movie appearance came in the 1979 Disney comedy The North Avenue Irregulars, also co-starring Harris, along with Cloris Leachman, Edward Herrmann and Karen Valentine.
1980 70 Years Old In January 1980, Kelly suffered a stroke while in San Francisco which caused her to lose the ability to speak. … Read More
1981 71 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 24, 1981, Kelly died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. … Read More
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