Two-time Emmy-nominated actress Paula Kelly has died at 77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly, who earned an Emmy Award nomination on the sitcom “Night Court” and co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the film “Sweet Charity,” has died. She was 77.

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

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” and received another in 1989 for playing a lesbian on the ABC miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place." 

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 19: Actress Paula Kelly attends the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists' Sixth Annual Jimmie Awards on March 19, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Paula Kelly attends the 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, 1989 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Federal Foreign Minister Walter Scheel (r) in conversation with the US actress Paula Kelly and the producer M. Salomon at a reception of the Berliner Bürgermsiters at the Hilton Hotel on 23 June 1972 following the opening of the 22nd Berlinale. | usage worldwide (Photo by Chris Hoffmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)
MAY 2: Comedian Richard Pryor and actress Paula Kelly in a scene from the movie "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling" which was released on May 2, 1986. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Promotional shot of actress Paula Kelly, associated with the release of the movie 'Trouble Man', 1972. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Paula Kelly poses for a portrait as Cleo in "Trouble Man" in circa 1972. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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.

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.”

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