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Paula Kelly Who Played Theresa in 'The Women of Brewster Place' Passes Away at 76

Monica Otayza
Feb 12, 2020
11:30 A.M.
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Paula Kelly, a broadway and film actress known for her performance on "The Women of Brewster Place" has passed away at age 76. 


Author Clay Cane confirmed the death of Paula Kelly, a stage and screen actress. She suffered from heart complications for many years and now passed away at age 76.

Paula Kelly was an Emmy-nominated actress, having been nominated for two diferrent projects. 



She first made her musical debut in 1964, performing on "Something More!" alongside Barbara Cook. She went on to perform in a lot more, including "The Dozens," "Paul Sills' Story Theatre," "Ovid's Metamorphoses," and "Sophisticated Ladies."

Paula went on to perform on the London stage for "Sweet Charity," winning the London Variety Award for "Best Supporting Actress" for her stellar portrayal. She went on to appear on the film adaptation of Sweet Charity as well. 



Her budding career was only beginning at the time, and she had her breakthrough role on "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope," which had a record-breaking west coast premiere. 

Moving on to television, she starred on Quincy Jones' TV tribute to Duke Ellington, "We Love You Madly," "The Richard Pryor Show," and Gene Kelly's own "New York, New York."



Paula Kelly was an Emmy-nominated actress, having been nominated for two different projects. The first was for the sitcom "Night Court," and another on "The Women of Brewster Place."

Kelly passed away on Sunday, February 9. She is survived by her daughter, whom she shared with husband Donald Chaffey, a British director. They were married from 1985 until Chaffey's death in the year 1990. 



While her cause of death has not been released, her nephew, Kyle Norton, revealed that Paula had been suffering from heart complications. She died on Sunday in Inglewood, where she resides, and the family is hosting a private memorial for close family and friends. 

Just like Paula Kelly, Kirk Douglas was also recently laid to rest at a private funeral. The memorial was only attended by family and close friends, hoping to bid goodbye to the 103-year-old actor one last time. 

Kirk and Michael Douglas at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

 Kirk is survived by his second wife, Anne Buydens, and his sons, Michael, Joel, and Peter. His youngest son, Eric, passed away at age 46 after suffering from a drug overdose. 


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