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Patsy Kelly Overview:

Actress, Patsy Kelly, was born Bridget Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly on Jan 12, 1910 in Brooklyn, NY. Kelly died at the age of 71 on Sep 24, 1981 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, NY.


Patsy Kelly was a dynamic dark-haired American actress who forsook a career as a dance teacher to come to Hollywood as a star comedienne in two-reels and to play supporting roles in features. She often played a wisecracking maid or a gutsy, lower class girlfriend (1941, Topper Returns). She left show business in the wartime years, but returned in 1960 for some welcome cameo roles (1968, Rosemary's Baby). Kelly was never married and died from cancer in 1981.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Patsy Kelly Quotes:

Daphne O'Connor: If you weren't a good two-fisted guy, you'd make a great dress-maker.

Joan Butterfield: Pennypepper E. Pennypepper.
Peggy O'Brien: Uh huh.
Joan Butterfield: What's the E. for ?
Peggy O'Brien: I don't know... just to break up the monotony, I guess.

Luke Brown: Aren't you afraid?
Clarence 'Chow' Brewster: Have you ever heard my courage question?
Bebe McGuire: I've never even heard it mentioned.

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Patsy Kelly Facts
Her brother gave her the nickname "Patsy."

In 1933, she and Jimmy Forlenza were passengers in an automobile driven by actor / female impersonator Jean Malin. Malin accidentally backed the car off the Venice Pier and drowned. Kelly and Forlenza (a close friend of Malin) survived.

Patsy was unusual for her time by admitting publicly that she was a lesbian. Many movie historians believe her frankness about her lifestyle hurt her acting career which all but ended in movies by 1944, until television revived it.

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