Paula Kelly, Emmy-nominated actress, dancer and singer, dies at 77

Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who gained an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died at a care facility in Whittier.

Kelly died Sunday of continual obstructive pulmonary disorder, in accordance to the Ebony Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. She was 77.

Kelly gained a very best supporting actress Emmy nomination in 1984 for portraying community defender Liz Williams on the initially time of NBC’s “Night Court” and been given an additional in 1989 for the ABC miniseries “The Gals of Brewster Put,” in which she played what is believed to be one particular of television’s initially black lesbian figures.

Paula Alma Kelly was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Jacksonville, Fla., and lifted in New York City’s Harlem, wherever the family members moved when she was young. She graduated from the Juilliard University

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