From a 1921 magazine cover
April 27, 1902
New York City, New York, U.S.
June 29, 1968 (aged 66)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Stage, film, television actress|
Born in New York City in 1902, Kelly was best known as a member of the Ziegfeld Follies and her radio hosting with Columbia Broadcasting. One of her best remembered roles is that of Lt. Ethel Armstrong in the 1943 Paramount wartime drama So Proudly We Hail!. However, she is probably more infamously remembered in the 1935 Our Gang comedy short Beginner's Luck. In that film, Kelly was cast as the pushy stage mother of Spanky McFarland. Thanks to his friends, she finds herself an unwitting victim, as well as a laughingstock, in the gang's attempt to sabotage and ruin Spanky's Shakespearean stage act in a talent competition.
After the war, she appeared in many TV series (including Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Batman and Perry Mason, from which she made four guest appearances including the role of Millie Foster in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Rolling Bones."
Kelly died from cancer on June 29, 1968 in Hollywood.