Thursday, 13 October 2016


Chelsea Brown (born Lois Brown, December 06 1947- April 05 2017) was an African-American actress and comedian who appeared as a regular performer in comedy series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Guest roles include appearances in Marcus Welby, M.D., Ironside, Matt Lincoln and, in the UK, The Two Ronnies. She also appeared in the films Sweet Charity, and The Thing with Two Heads. She emigrated to Australia in the 1970s and became a familiar figure on Australian television, with appearances on "Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks", ongoing roles in soap operas Number 96 (in 1977), and E Street (in 1990–1991) and various advertisments. She had a guest role in the Australian-filmed revival of Mission: Impossible (1988). Film roles in Australia include Welcome to Woop Woop, The Return of Captain Invincible. She was married to fellow E Street actor, the late Vic Rooney.

In the early 80s, she tried her hand at a singing career, and released one album titled On The Rocks. It was released on a tiny independent label called Uptown Records, and recorded at Central Recorders, a little studio based in Surry Hills. Donny Dee was the man behind this record. He composed most of the album in-studio and recorded it the same day! In fact, as the story goes, Donny was flown in to salvage the project! Amongst his compositions are Living For You, a stand-out modern soul cut, and Nice Dream, a tune that would later be re-recorded by one of the back-up singers, another American-born performer by the name of Coco York (renamed as Join My Dreams and recorded in Holland). Chelsea Brown died on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, of complications from dementia.



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