Paula Kelly

  • Born: October 21, 1943
  • Died: February 9, 2020
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Paula Kelly

Actress and dancer starred on Broadway and in movies

Paula Kelly was an actress, dancer, and singer known for movies including "Sweet Charity," "Soylent Green," and "Uptown Saturday Night." For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented woman, who will be remembered for her contribution to the film industry. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   March 11, 2020

Please except my sincere condolences for the loss of such a beautiful talented lady. Fan

Posted by Gary - IN   February 25, 2020

February 24, 2020

Dear Family of Actress, Singer, and Dancer, Ms. Paula Kelly:

I will continue to lift up your names in prayer, especially during this difficult time.

I am a Member of Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616. Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton is The Pastor, The Moderator of The Session, and The Head of The Staff. He is also My Mentor, Teacher, and Spiritual Advisor. Reverend Donald B. Register is The Pastor Emeritus. I am my church home's PR Person.

I am also A Former Member of Church Musician Ship Guild, Inc. (1988-2008). The late Dr. Mildred G. Lewis was The Founder, and Executive Director. I was their Administrative Assistant, Executive Secretary, and Public Relations Director.

Paula was a very beautiful, and gifted person. She will truly be missed by all those people whose hearts, and souls that she had touched. She will not be forgotten. At the age of 76, she did leave a great legacy. "REST IN PEACE", SISTER PAULA. WITH MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY, MS. VALINDA DARLENE JONES, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO. I USE TO LIVE IN THE IDA B. WELLS APARTMENTS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO.

Posted by VALINDA JONES - CINCINNATI, OH   February 24, 2020

I have always admired Paula Kelly - so eloquent and sensual. She has left a void in this world. Condolences to the entire family.

Posted by N Joyce Crenshaw - Redondo Beach, CA   February 22, 2020

To the Kelly family. I am sending you my heartfelt sympathy today. Please keep the love and memories close to your heart. Remember the good times and the closeness you shared on special occasions. Also remember a life well lived. Thank you for sharing her with me and others .

Posted by Alberta Taylor - Dayton, OH   February 19, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Kelly family. I cant imagine your heartache. Its never easy to lose a loved one. May you receive the needed love and support from your dear friends and may you find comfort in drawing close to God.

Posted by Ss - Baltimore   February 18, 2020

Such sad news , truly sorry, may God be with the Kelly family at this time of their loss.

Posted by A friend   February 18, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by David Sharbutt - Whittier, CA - friend   February 17, 2020

Paula,

it was so nice to have known you and I am a better person as a result. RIP my friend.

David Sharbutt

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

Wonderful actress, grateful for her talents over the years, she will be missed. My condolences to the Kelly family.,

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

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Dear Kelly Family Rory and I would luv to express our condolences's on behalf of Paula Kelly.

Posted by faith tobin - Newton Centre, MA - acquaintance   February 16, 2020

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Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   February 16, 2020

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Posted by Will Hargrove - Gary, IN   February 16, 2020

What an amazing talent that will be greatly missed. Heartfelt condolences to the Kelly family.

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2020

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Actress, singer and dancer always a TRIPLE threat in the arts. A STAR has left this place we call earth. Only to continue her talents in the Upper World. Thanks for sharing one's GREATNESS with fans...BLESSINGS & LOVE❤

Posted by Valenda Newell - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   February 15, 2020

Ms. Kelly was a wonderful part of my growing up . I watch all of the movies in the 70s and 80s she was a wonderful actress and dancer . Now she is in heaven with Alvin Ailey in the rest of the dancers . God bless .

Posted by Kevin Johnson - Los Angeles, CA - friend   February 14, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family of Paula Kelly . She was so talented in all areas and will be remember with Great love may you be comforted in knowing that those who passed in death God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes Psalms 116:15

Posted by - NY   February 14, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. May your hearts be filled with the precious memories of your dear loved one, today, tomorrow and always.

Posted by A friend    February 14, 2020

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My sincere. Condolences to all that lives she touched. I knew Paula when she would come to my check cashing spot in Hollywood. She was the only one I would cash a personal check for to which she called me her money girl . My mother & I went to her Bridal shower and I attended her beautiful garden Wedding.. May God embrace her arrival in her Heavenly home
aka Sandy C

Posted by Sandy Coleman - Los Angeles, CA - acquaintance   February 13, 2020

I enjoyed Paula in her sensuous rolls and her dedication to her craft.i really appreciated her sacrifice and will miss her screen presence.
RIP Paula

Posted by William Beard - Ogden, UT   February 13, 2020

What a beautiful and talented life loss. Cherished memories of Ms. Kellys work are on record forever. May God strengthen the family at this time of grief.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

Paula Kelly was a very gifted and talented actress. She will be remembered . Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   February 13, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to all who loved and cherished Ms. Paula Kelly. She was an inspirational performer. I am truly sorry for your loss. May your endearing memories console you and may the Father of tender mercies be with you.

Posted by Angel - MD   February 13, 2020

Sorry to hear of the loss.

Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   February 13, 2020

Ms. Kelly well always be remebered by me for her outstanding performance as SATIN DOLL in Jojo Dancer with Richard Pryor. This was one that OSCARS was blind to. Her role was unique in that it adequately portrayed systematic rip off of black entertainers and their unity to help each other suceed. Each time I watch I am reminded of the power of SISTERHOOD and something someone and it applies to Paula Kelly "there is nothing like as Sister"

Posted by Donald Hyman - Albany, NY   February 12, 2020

Rest in Peace Classy Beautiful Lady. You were a awesome actress.

Posted by Jackie Mitchell - Akron, OH   February 12, 2020

No words can express the deep sympathy of your loss Paula. I remembered your performance in Sophisticated Ladies and the Women of Brewster Place--simply fabulous! Lady of the Arts, you will be missed. Keep dancing in Heaven!

Posted by Sydney Michaels - Brooklyn, NY   February 12, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Paula. I loved her in Uptown Saturday Night. The family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God comfort your hearts and make you firm (2 Thess. 2:17).

Posted by Emlyn    February 12, 2020

Remembering fondly our days in the 1950's at Camp Minisink, Port Jervis, NY. As one of our camp songs says, "The joy I found in knowing you will last my whole life through."

Posted by Jerilyn Thompson Davis - Inglewood, CA - friend   February 12, 2020

Posted by Jerilyn Thompson Davis - Inglewood, CA - friend   February 12, 2020

My Condolences. Can't wait to see her when she's young and dancing again! May our loving Father comfort her family during this painful time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

At this difficult time, my deep sympathy goes to the Kelly family. As you grieve take comfort in the cherished memories. Know that God cares for you.

Posted by Amy - Florence   February 12, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Kelly family and friends. May God and memories continue to provide comfort, peace, and endurance to your family today, tomorrow, and always.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

my condolences to her friends and family. I was a big fan of her work. May she rest in peace. David call

Posted by David Call - Burlington, VT   February 12, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. Paula was a multitalented individual who will be missed. May you receive comfort from the God of comfort at this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Smith - PA   February 12, 2020

RIH

Posted by Lishia Murray - TN - friend   February 11, 2020

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Peace.

Posted by Glen James Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   February 11, 2020

Rest in peace Paula.

Posted by Jackie Green - Rochester, NY   February 11, 2020

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Loved her In Up Town Saturday Night, RIP my sister, thanks for the memories.

Posted by Sheila Johnson - Nashville, TN   February 11, 2020

As the days and weeks pass,and as you return to life's routine,may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Kelly family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

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R.I.P Paula

Posted by wmc - IL   February 11, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Kelly family, at this time of your sorrow, may God be with all of you to give you comfort and strength as you go through this most difficult time of your loss.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

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May God comfort and strengthen the family, and friends in theirs bereavements.

Artis

Posted by - Macon, GA   February 10, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE PAULA KELLY


It's God's Will And We Must Comply
By: Charles G. Turner, Sr.

Life is uncertain,
But as sure as we are born one day we must die
Sometimes we sit and wonder why
The fact is it's God's will and we must comply.

Throughout our lives we live through happiness and sadness
And many toils and strife
And when our earthly life is over we enter into our eternal life

Whenever a loved one or friend makes their earthly depart
It is natural for it to bring hurt and sorrow to our heart
And to deal with our loss we grieve, mourn, and cry
In all essence we must remember this is God's will
And we all must comply

For those of us that are left behind
We must cherish the special memories
And keep them all in mind
Just remember it is not for
us to question why we have to die
It's God's will and we all have to comply

May God Bless and comfort all of you

Posted by MR. & MRS. CHARLES G TURNER ,SR & FAMILY. - Fountain, CO   February 10, 2020

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Posted by Alishia - SC   February 10, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to the Kelly family, truly sorry for your loss, may God be with you all at this very difficult time to give you comfort and strength.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

Safe, Whole, and Intact

Posted by Selma' Sans - Quebec City, QC   February 10, 2020

Ms. Kelly was such a beautiful lady and wonderful actress.

Posted by - Mobile, AL   February 10, 2020

WOW what a lady RIP

Posted by Regina Hudson - Tacoma Washington   February 10, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Kelly Family, May God Almighty in the Heavens comfort your hearts with loving kindness, peace and strength as you cope with your precious loss in the difficult days ahead. Paula will be missed.

Posted by BRY - CA   February 10, 2020

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Godspeed Paula, and thank you for the film and TV memories.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   February 10, 2020

Paula Kelly....a very underrated actress...strikingly beaitiful, dedicated, and seriously talented and always exciting to watch...one of our screen gems!!! The lights in heaven are on FULL BRIGHT now for the show that is about to begin.....show them all how's it's done up there in heaven's showcase theater!!!!!
You'll be missed more that you know.

A loyal fan!!!

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

So very sorry to hear about Paula Kellys passing. She was such an amazing, energetic talented person. Her versatility, charm and talent shone through in whatever she did. May her family and extended family and friends find strength and comfort in their collective memories and may the God of all comfort and tender mercy strengthen and sustain you during this time of your loss.

Posted by Michael C    February 10, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family. What a great actress she was. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

My condolences to the family and friends and fans of Paula Kelly for your loss.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Paula Kelly and may the God of tender mercies grant her peace

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020


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Paula Kelly