Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJuly 29, 1943
FactArrested for shooting up cars and a neighbors apartment after a car alarm went off in the early morning and woke her up. [November 1998]


Who is Roz Kelly?

Roz Kelly was born in Mount Vernon, New York State USA, on 29 July 1943 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress who is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Carol ‘Pinky’ Tuscadero in the comedy musical series “Happy Days”, which starred Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, and which is about the Cunningham family surviving the ‘50s with the help of the superhuman Fonzie. The series aired from 1974 to 1984, and was a huge hit as it won 16 awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 19 other awards. For her performance, Roz was nominated for a TV Land Award for Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good.

What happened to her and where is she now?

Roz retired from acting in 1998, and has since been leading everything but a peaceful life. She was arrested on 29 November 1998, because after the neighbor’s car alarm woke her up, she fired a shotgun into their living room window – she also fired at the neighbor’s car and hit another car. She was put on three-year probation and was ordered to see a psychiatrist. She was arrested again on 20 August 2000 after attacking her ex-boyfriend in the street with her cane, and was on 27 October sentenced to spend four months in jail, however, as she had already spent nearly 100 days in jail waiting for the verdict, so was released.

Roz has since been staying away from the media’s attention.

Early life and education

Roz was raised an only child in Mount Vernon, by her father who was a car mechanic and her mother who was a housewife.

She grew up reading girly magazines with her peers, and dreaming about becoming a model. Roz spent most of her free time playing with dolls and gossiping about boys, and upon enrolling at a local high school, she started playing sports and also became interested in acting.

Roz matriculated from high school in 1961 and then started working to financially support herself while occasionally attending auditions for roles in movies and TV series – it wasn’t until 1968 that she got to launch her acting career, after being cast to appear as The Photographer in the comedy drama movie “Greetings”, which starred Jonathan Warden, Robert De Niro and Gerrit Graham, and which follows three friends and their desire for love and for knowing the truth.

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Roles in movies

In 1969, Roz played The Little Girl in the comedy “Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value”, and the following year she had the supporting role as Eleanor in the comedy “The Owl and the Pussycat” starring Barbra Streisand, George Segal and Robert Klein, and which follows an author who starts dating his neighbor who is a prostitute.

In 1971, Roz was cast to appear in two movies: she played The Girl in Park in the comedy drama “You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose That Beat”, and she also portrayed Roz (not herself) in the comedy “Okay Bill” written and directed by John G. Avildsen.

The year 1973 saw her play one of the lead characters Gilda in the drama “The Female Response”, but which failed to attract much attention, and in 1974 she portrayed Astrabeth Birdie in the romantic war drama “There Is No 13”, both written and directed by William Sachs. In 1977, she was Flaps in the crime horror mystery “Curse of the Black Window”, and her following role came two years later, when she was invited to play the supporting character Doreen Reese in the comedy drama “Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill”.

In 1980, she appeared as Virgina Trickwood in the comedy “Murder Can Hurt You!”, and three of her final roles in movies before retiring from acting were in the horror thriller “New Year’s Evil” portraying Diane Sullivan also in 1980, the animated historical drama “American Pop” in which she voiced Eva Tanguay and the comedy fantasy horror “Full Moon High” written and directed by Larry Cohen in which she played Jane, both in 1981.

Roles in TV series

In 1977, Roz guest starred in the episode “Blansky’s Biking Beauty” of the comedy series “Blansky’s Beauties”, and was then invited to appear in four episodes of the critically acclaimed action crime drama “Starsky and Hutch” which starred David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser and which is about two cops who are driving a Ford Gran Torino, and fighting crime with the help of Huggy Bear who is a police snitch – the series won four awards and was nominated for six others, including a Golden Globe.

Roz went on to guest star in two episodes of the action crime drama “Kojak”, and was then appeared in single episodes of both the crime drama mystery “Baretta”, and the adventure series “Sword of Justice”. The year 1979 saw her star as Amy Creavy in the episode “Luke’s Love Story” of the action comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard”, while she was then praised for her performance in the award-winning romantic comedy “The Love Boat” starring Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell and Ted Lange, and which won four awards and was nominated for 21 others, including eight Golden Globes.

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In 1980, Roz guest starred in two episodes of the popular action adventure crime series “Charlie’s Angels”, and three of her final roles in TV series before retiring from acting were in the episode “Sweet Revenge” of the crime drama mystery “Nero Wolfe” in 1981, two episodes of the adventure comedy drama “Fantasy Island” in 1982, and the episode “Primetime” of the drama “Trapper John, M. D.” in 1983.

Married?

Roz is very secretive when it comes to her love life, and avoids sharing details of her past and present affairs with the public, however, there are rumors circulating the internet that she might be a married woman, but no proof has been provided to support these claims. It is known that she was in a long-term relationship with a man during the ‘90s, as he later reported to the police that she attacked him several weeks after he decided to break-up.

There are also rumors circulating the internet about how Roz was married in the 2000s, and that the two divorced after being together for only several months – according to these rumors, Roz was violent towards the man and he filed for divorce. She hasn’t addressed any rumors.

As of September 2020, she is single, apparently has never married, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

During her 20s and 30s, Roz was a shopaholic who went shopping for clothes nearly every day, spending most of her money on clothes and make-up. She enjoyed leading a lavish lifestyle, staying at expensive hotels and dining at expensive restaurants.

Summer is still Roz’s favorite season, as she likes the feeling of sun on her skin and is also keen on swimming in the ocean.

She travelled all around the US during her acting career to shoot for her movies and TV series, and she has also had many opportunities to visit several European countries.

Roz is a lover of animals and has several pet cats.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Angelina Jolie, and a few of her favorite movies are “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.

Age and height

Roz’s age is 77. She has ginger hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (59kgs).

As of September 2020, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million.

General Info

Full NameRoz Kelly
Date Of BirthJuly 29, 1943
ProfessionActor
NationalityAmerican

Accomplishments

NominationsTV Land "Break Up That Was So Bad It Was Good" Award
MoviesFull Moon High, American Pop, New Year's Evil, Okay Bill, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, The Owl and the Pussycat, Greetings
TV ShowsHappy Days, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I hear that some people think I'm abrasive. I'm just myself. Sure I talk loud once in a while, but that doesn't mean people can chew me up and spit me out.

Facts

#Fact
1Her most famous role was as Fonzie's girlfriend Pinky Tuscadero on Happy Days (1974).
2Jailed for an alleged probation violation (20 August 2000) Arrested in Los Angeles after her ex-boyfriend told police that she hit him on the back with a cane. [August 2000]
3Arrested for shooting up cars and a neighbors apartment after a car alarm went off in the early morning and woke her up. [November 1998]
4Pleaded no contest in the car alarm shooting incident; sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, but may be reduced to probation after 90-day diagnostic evaluation. [July 1999]

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trapper John, M.D.1983TV SeriesMary
Fantasy Island1980-1982TV SeriesDenise / Olivia
Full Moon High1981Jane
Nero Wolfe1981TV SeriesCorey Baylor
American Pop1981Eva Tanguay
New Year's Evil1980Diane Sullivan
Murder Can Hurt You!1980TV MovieVirgina Trickwood
Charlie's Angels1979-1980TV SeriesJade Allen / Gert
The Love Boat1978-1979TV SeriesLola LaShane / Reverend Whitney's girlfriend
The Dukes of Hazzard1979TV SeriesAmy Creavy
Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill1979TV MovieDoreen Reese
Sword of Justice1978TV SeriesMelissa David
Baretta1978TV SeriesAlice
Kojak1976-1978TV SeriesMillie / Susan
Starsky and Hutch1975-1977TV SeriesIris Thayer / Officer Linda Baylor / Francine
Curse of the Black Widow1977TV MovieFlaps
Blansky's Beauties1977TV SeriesPinky Tuscadero
Happy Days1976TV SeriesPinky Tuscadero
The Female Response1973Gilda
Okay Bill1971Roz
You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat1971Girl in Park
The Owl and the Pussycat1970Eleanor
Utterly Without Redeeming Social Value1969Title Girl
Greetings1968Photographer (Vietnam Film)

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jimi Hendrix1973Documentary acknowledgment: still photographs courtesy of

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Captain Kangaroo1979TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV MovieHerself
Donny and Marie1976TV SeriesHerself
Match Game 731976TV SeriesHerself
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special1976TV SpecialHerself / Hinky Pinky (as Roz 'Pinky Tuscadero' Kelly)
The Hollywood Squares1976TV SeriesGuest Appearance
The Captain and Tennille1976TV SeriesHerself
Match Game PM1975TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHerself
The Owl and the Pussycat: On Location With - 'The Owl and the Pussycat'1970Documentary shortHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion2005TV Movie documentaryPinky Tuscadero
Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals 42000TV Movie documentaryHerself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBreak Up That Was So Bad It Was GoodHappy Days (1974)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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