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Encyclopedia > Roz Kelly

Roz Kelly or Roxie as she is also known to family (born July 29, 1943, in Mount Vernon, NY) is best known for playing Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli's (Henry Winkler) girlfriend Pinky Tuscadero on the hit television series Happy Days, which ran from 1974 to 1984 on ABC. Kelly's beautiful body and red hair were a perfect fit for the part. Pinky was the younger sister of Leather Tuscadero (British Singer Suzi Quatro) who also dated "Fonzie" in a later espisodes. Pinky was slated to be Fonzie's long-term girlfriend after her intitial appearances in episodes #64-66 and, in fact, commercials for the the next season even began promoting Kelly's new character. Unfortunately, when discord occurred between her and the cast and producers, her character was dropped; She was only mentioned briefly in two later episodes: where her sister Leather came into town to start a fresh life from reform school; and, when Fonzie was out of town at a demolition derby with Pinky. Nonetheless, even though Kelly had limited acting talent compared to the all-star cast of the show, she played Pinky with determination and a quality of sexiness few could emulate in a sitcom. It took a special kind of chick to snap her gum and spit a wisecrack right back in the face of prototypical macho leather boy Fonzie.

Beyond Happy Days, Kelly played guest roles on Fantasy Island (1982); Charlie's Angels (1979); The Dukes of Hazzard (1979); The Love Boat (1978); Baretta (1978); Kojak (1978), and Starsky and Hutch (1975). Her characters on these shows never reached the level of cult fame that "Pinky" gave her.

Kelly also played roles in low budget movies throughout the late 1970's and early 1980's including: The Owl and the Pussycat; Greetings; You've Got to Walk It Like You Talk It; You'll Lose That Beat; Okay Bill; The Female Response; American Pop; New Year's Evil; and, Full Moon High. These movies were indicative of her career that was based on lot of potential, but limited exposure due to lack of distribution. Most of these small parts emphasized her body and highly sexual demeanor. In many ways she represented the female version of Scott Baio, who played the character "Chachi" on Happy Days, whose career too was also filled with potential that was never quite achieved.

Today, Kelly spends her time in up-state New York with her family and friends. Her hobbies include sewing and writing poetry. Although, not offically retired from acting, she has not worked in the film genre in over a decade. To this day, fans of Happy Days recognize her as "Pinky" and she remains amazed at her cult following and the amount of people who actually know her as Roz Kelly, considering the rather small screen career she has had. She has often said sarcastically that those people scare her!



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