Dorothy Helen Kelly (Dorothy Helen Kelly)

Dorothy Helen Kelly

Actress. She is best remembered for her role as Robert Benchley’s secretary in “The Sky’s the Limit” (1943). Born in California, she was a brunette background actress, and played in nine films from 1942 to 1946, almost always in uncredited roles. Her first credited role was Mary, in the 1942 film “Flying with Music” in which she played one of five socialites who hire tour guide Harry Bernard (actor George Givot), a man fleeing divorce and alimony payments who takes the women on a search for the Latin lover of one of the women. The next year, she played a sister act in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942). She is also credited as Dorothy O’Kelly in her next film, “Sappy Pappy” (1942). She appeared in three films in 1943, “The Sky’s the Limit,” “Petticoat Larceny,” and “The Falcon and the Coeds.” She is sometimes credited as Dorothy O’Kelly, and is sometimes confused with silent screen actress Dorothy Kelly (1894–1966) because of the similarity of names. Her last known film (also uncredited) was “The Razor’s Edge” (1946), in which she played a showgirl. She died in La Jolla, California, on November 28, 1969, from burns suffered in a fire. Very little is known about her private life, or about what she did after she left acting in 1946. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)


  • February, 11, 1918
  • USA


  • November, 11, 1969
  • USA


  • El Camino Memorial Park
  • California
  • USA

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