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'That '70s Show' Star Lisa Robin Kelly's Tragic Life — Numerous Arrests & Death at 43 in Rehab

Olowokandi Fiyin
May 03, 2020
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Lisa Robin Kelly, who was an actress best known for her recurring role on the hit sitcom "That '70s Show," died in 2013 at the age of 43.

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Before Lisa Robin Kelly died at a Los Angeles drug rehabilitation center in 2013, she was a well-known actress who debuted her acting career at age 21.

Headshot studio portrait of American actor Lisa Robin Kelly, wearing a fuchsia blouse with a ruffled neckline, sitting in front of a red backdrop, Beverly Hills, California on  April 12, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

Headshot studio portrait of American actor Lisa Robin Kelly, wearing a fuchsia blouse with a ruffled neckline, sitting in front of a red backdrop, Beverly Hills, California on April 12, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

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According to IMDB records, she kicked off her life as an actress with a 1992 episode of "Married with Children."

[Lisa Robin Kelly] filed for divorce from Robert, whom she married in October 2012, just a couple of weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Lisa Robin Kelly of the FOX series 'That '70s Show' arrives at the FOX 2000 summer press tour party at Yamashiro Restaurant in Hollywood on Friday night, July 21, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

Lisa Robin Kelly of the FOX series 'That '70s Show' arrives at the FOX 2000 summer press tour party at Yamashiro Restaurant in Hollywood on Friday night, July 21, 2000 | Photo: Getty Images

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From then on, she landed roles as a guest-star in several famous television shows like "Murphy Brown," "The X Files," "Sisters," and "Silk Stalkings."

Even though she appeared in many other TV movies, it wasn't until she landed a role as Laurie Forman on "That '70s Show" that Lisa became a household name.

New York Times recalled that Lisa's character was the promiscuous older sister of one of the notable characters, Eric, which was played by Topher Grace.

American actor Lisa Robin Kelly wearing a fuchsia blouse with a ruffled neckline and black Capri pants, standing on a film lot, Beverly Hills, California on  April 12, 2000 | Photo: Getty images

American actor Lisa Robin Kelly wearing a fuchsia blouse with a ruffled neckline and black Capri pants, standing on a film lot, Beverly Hills, California on April 12, 2000 | Photo: Getty images

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Due to its success, "That '70s Show" grew to become the centerpiece of the Fox network's schedule from 1998 to 2006. According to Looper, despite the success of the show, Lisa's substance abuse problems got in the way of her career.

The first red flag came in 2001, which was when she went from being a series regular on "That '70s" Show to being written out entirely by the end of season three.

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Eventually, her character was replaced by "MADtv" alum, Christina Moore in 2003. Unfortunately, that wasn't the only part of her life that was in shambles.

In 2010, Lisa was arrested by police in North Carolina for driving under the influence which led her to plead guilty and serve 12 months of unsupervised probation.

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Although that seemed to keep her clean for her short time, the actress was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of felony spousal abuse after her roommate/ex-boyfriend, John Michas, claimed she had beaten him up, in March 2012.

Later in November of the same year, the then-42-year-old actress and her 61-year-old husband, Robert Joseph Gilliam, were arrested after police responded to a disturbance call at their home. They were later released on bond and charged with assaulting one another.

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In July 2013, Us Magazine revealed that the actress filed for divorce from Robert, whom she married in October 2012, just a couple of weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

According to the media outlet, Lisa cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for their split. Lisa died in her sleep just days after she checked into Pax Rehab House, California, on August 15, 2013, at age 43.

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