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Patsy Kelly

Patsy Kelly

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1910-01-12 · Deathday: 1981-09-24 (71 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA

63 Movies · 12 TV shows

Biography

Patsy Kelly (January 12, 1910 – September 24, 1981) was an American actress. She is known for her role as the brash, wisecracking sidekick to Thelma Todd in a series of short comedy films produced by Hal Roach in the 1930s. Known as the Queen of Wisecracks, Kelly's career continued after Todd's death in 1935 in similar roles. After her film career declined in the mid-1940s, Kelly returned to New York where she worked in radio and summer stock. She also became a lifelong friend and personal assistant of Tallulah Bankhead. Kelly returned to the screen after 17 years with guest spots on television and in film roles. In 1971, Kelly returned to the stage in the revival of No, No, Nanette for which she won a Tony Award. She continued appearing in film and television roles until she suffered a stroke in January 1980 that limited her ability to speak. Kelly died of cancer in 1981.

Career

Kelly was born Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly in Brooklyn to Irish immigrants parents John (died 1942) and Delia Kelly (1875–1930). She began her career in vaudeville as a dancer at the age of 12. She performed in Frank Fay's act, first in a song-and-dance routine and later as Fay's comic foil. In one routine, Kelly told Fay and the audience that she had been at the beauty parlor. Fay remarked, "And they didn't wait on you?" She remained with Fay for several seasons until Fay eventually dismissed her.Kelly made her Broadway debut in 1928. In 1930 and 1931, she performed for producer Earl Carroll in his Sketches and Vanities musicals.

Personal Life

Kelly was openly gay. She publicly disclosed to being a "dyke" during the 1930s, when she disclosed to Motion Picture magazine she had been living with actress Wilma Cox for several years and had no intention of getting married. She later confirmed that she had an affair with Tallulah Bankhead when she worked as Bankhead's personal assistant.In August 1933, Kelly was injured as a passenger in a car driven by Gene Malin, the prominent drag performer. Malin apparently confused the gears and reversed off a pier into the water, after leaving a club in Venice, Los Angeles. Malin was killed; Kelly suffered serious injuries.In January 1980, Kelly suffered a stroke while in San Francisco that caused her to lose the ability to speak. She was admitted to Englewood Nursing Home in Englewood, New Jersey, on the advice of her old friend Ruby Keeler where she underwent therapy.

Early Life

Kelly was born Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly in Brooklyn to Irish immigrants parents John (died 1942) and Delia Kelly (1875–1930). She began her career in vaudeville as a dancer at the age of 12. She performed in Frank Fay's act, first in a song-and-dance routine and later as Fay's comic foil. In one routine, Kelly told Fay and the audience that she had been at the beauty parlor. Fay remarked, "And they didn't wait on you?" She remained with Fay for several seasons until Fay eventually dismissed her.Kelly made her Broadway debut in 1928. In 1930 and 1931, she performed for producer Earl Carroll in his Sketches and Vanities musicals.

Movies & TV shows

1983.

1 Movie

1979.

1 Movie

1977.

1 TV show

1976.

1 Movie

1968.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1967.

1 Movie

1966.

1 Movie

1965.

1 TV show

1964.

1 Movie

1963.

3 TV shows

1961.

1 TV show

1960.

2 Movies · 1 TV show

1959.

1 TV show

1957.

1 TV show

1956.

1 TV show

1955.

1 TV show

1947.

1 Movie

1943.

3 Movies

1942.

2 Movies

1941.

4 Movies

1940.

1 Movie

1939.

1 Movie

1938.

3 Movies

1937.

4 Movies

1936.

6 Movies

1935.

12 Movies

1934.

12 Movies

1933.

4 Movies

1931.

1 Movie
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