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'Night Court' Actress Paula Kelly Dies at 77

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Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly has died at the age of 77.

Kelly earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and also co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity.”

Kelly earned a best supporting actress Emmy nod in 1984 for portraying public defender Liz Williams on the first season of NBC’s “Night Court.”

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She received another in 1989 for playing her role on the ABC miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place.”

Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to Los Angeles’ Ebony Repertory Theatre.

Kelly made her Broadway debut in the 1964 musical “Something More!” directed by Jule Styne and starring Barbara Cook.

She later shared the stage with Morgan Freeman on Broadway in “The Dozens.”

One of her most important roles was Helene in “Sweet Charity,” which she played onstage in London and then reprised in Bob Fosse’s feature film debut.

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Her other film credits include “The Andromeda Strain,” “Top of the Heap” and “Soylent Green.”

Her vast TV credits also include “Santa Barbara,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Kojak” and “The Golden Girls.”

Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.

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