Obituary: Chelsea Brown

Chelsea Brown, the American actress and performer who made Australia her home, has died at the age of 69.

Born in Chicago, Brown rose to fame as a performer in the hit 1960s comedy series Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In.

She also featured in The Flying Nun, Love American Style, Ironside, Marcus Welby MD and The Name Of The Game.

In the mid-1970s Brown came to Australia. While working on a cabaret act she appeared in the short-lived series King’s Men and the ABC telemovie Arena.

She was a regular panellist on game shows Celebrity Squares (pictured below) and Blankety Blanks and played the part of nightclub performer Hope Jackson in Number 96.

There were plans to spin-off Brown’s character into a separate series, Hope’ll Help, but it didn’t get past the pilot stage.

She later starred as Abby Rossiter in E Street and went on to marry co-star Vic Rooney.

After Rooney’s death Brown returned to the US. She died earlier this week in Chicago.

Source: TV Tonight, The Morning Show, IMDB, Wikipedia, The Number 96 Home Page. TV Week, 24 January 1976. 



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    • Peter Strange on 7 April 2017 at 1:06 PM
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    So very sad.
    Loved her as a child growing up in the 70s, especially on Blankety Blanks !
    Vale Chelsea !
    (Any news of how she passed ?)

    1. Reports said it was dementia

    • Andrew M on 7 April 2017 at 4:35 PM
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    i always associate her with Celebrity squares the episode I remember was when she was on with special guests of ABBA and yes that episode does exist

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