Paula Kelly (Courtesy photo)
Paula Kelly (Courtesy photo)

Paula Kelly, an Emmy-nominated actress, singer and dancer on screen and stage, has died. She was 76.

Kelly had heart complications for many years and died Sunday in Inglewood, according to her nephew Kyle Norton.

Kelly, a Florida native and one of three daughters, appeared in such movies as “The Andromeda Strain” (1971), “Cool Breeze” (1972), “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” (1973), “Uptown Saturday Night” (1974) and “Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling” (1986).

On the small screen, she received an Emmy nomination in 1984 for her role as defense attorney Liz Williams on the NBC hit sitcom “Night Court.”

Kelly also starred alongside Oprah Winfrey, Jackée Harry, Robin Givens, Cicely Tyson and Lonette McKee in the 1989 ABC miniseries “The Women of Brewster Place,” a tale about a group of strong-willed women living in a run-down housing project. Kelly, who along with McKee played a lesbian couple, earned another Emmy nod for her turn in the series.

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