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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By Dan Day Jr. on Jan 30, 2019 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

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The Funny Papers: and Thelma Todd, The Slapstick Buddy Duo

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The Complete Hal Roach Thelma Todd Comedy Collection

By Dan Day Jr. on Jul 19, 2018 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

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“Every Night At Eight” – Alice Faye, George Raft, , Frances Langford

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Patsy Kelly Quotes:

Mac, Head Nurse: [Referring to Kelly, who, in spite of her shady background, has quickly landed a job at the local children's hospital] She came out of the clouds one night, without a single reference. I hired her on the spot.
Capt. Griff: [Suspiciously] I thought orthopedics called for specialized training?
Mac, Head Nurse: Oh, it does! Some people are born to write books, symphonies; paint pictures, build bridges. But Kelly... She was born to handle children with crutches and babies in braces.
Capt. Griff: [Still not convinced] Sounds like one of those sweet Florence Nightingales.
Mac, Head Nurse: Not Kelly, she's tough! Runs her ward like a pirate ship! She makes Captain Bligh look like a sissy.

Poe's keeper: Don't you know Poe hates women?
Kitty: So does Kipling.

Kitty: Why couldn't all of this have happened tomorrow?
Norma Denby: What difference would that make?
Kitty: Tomorrow's my day off!

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Patsy Kelly Facts
Wanted to be a fireman, but was trained as a dancer instead. By the age of thirteen, she was good enough to get paid to teach tap dancing at school.

She co-starred with Thelma Todd in a series of 2 reel comedies in 1931-35.

Profiled in book "Funny Ladies" by Stephen M. Silverman. [1999]

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