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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 9, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, producer, dancer, screenwriter

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A talented, poised and pretty young performer of film and TV since the late 1980s, Sheila Kelley turned to acting after a congenital hip condition dimmed her hopes for a career as a professional dancer. Spontaneous yet disciplined, Kelley has received good notices in both comedies and dramas. She was widely seen in a recurring role as cunning legal secretary Gwen Taylor late in the run of the popular legal drama "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1990-93). For the final season of the NBC drama "Sisters" (NBC, 1995-96), Kelley assumed the role of Charley from actress Jo Anderson.

A talented, poised and pretty young performer of film and TV since the late 1980s, Sheila Kelley turned to acting after a congenital hip condition dimmed her hopes for a career as a professional dancer. Spontaneous yet disciplined, Kelley has received good notices in both comedies and dramas. She was widely seen in a recurring role as cunning legal secretary Gwen Taylor late in the run of the popular legal drama "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1990-93). For the final season of the NBC drama "Sisters" (NBC, 1995-96), Kelley assumed the role of Charley from actress Jo Anderson.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Weekend (2014)
2.
 Bloodworth (2010)
3.
4.
 Matchstick Men (2003) Kathy
5.
 Dancing At the Blue Iguana (2000) Stormy
6.
 Nurse Betty (2000) Joyce
7.
 John Sandford's Mind Prey (1999) Andi Mannette
8.
 Santa Fe (1997) Lea
9.
 Secrets & Lies (1996) Fertil Mother
10.
 One Fine Day (1996) Kristen
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1963:
Born in Greenberg, Pennsylvania
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Lived in Philadelphia with family
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Moved to the Alleghenies with family
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Relocated to the New Jersey shore with family
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Moved to the Appalachians with family
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Danced solo with the Westmoreland Ballet Company in Pennsylvania
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Won a dance competition; accepted into the dance program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts
1979:
Moved to NYC at age 16 (date approximate)
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Studied dance for a year at NYU until a congenital hip condition forced her to stop
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Endured a period of extreme melancholia
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Returned to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts to study acting
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Frustrated by the teaching methods of the acting program, transferred to the film school
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Formed her own theater company, The Elephant Group, based in NYC
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Stage debut, The Elephant Group production of Chekhov's "The Seagull"
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With the Group, appeared on stage in "Lovers", "Winners", "The Taming of the Shrew", and "Am I Blue"; also wrote and directed several small films
1987:
Feature debut, a small part in the British teen comedy "Wish You Were Here"
1987:
TV-movie debut, "Tonight's the Night", an ABC comedy-drama about one weekend in a singles bar
1988:
Moved to Los Angeles
1988:
North American film debut, "Some Girls", a Canadian co-production
1989:
First TV guest shot, "thirtysomething"
1989:
US film debut, Lee Grant's "Staying Together"
1989:
First feature lead, Bill Forsyth's "Breaking In"
1990:
Played secretary Gwen Taylor, a recurring character on "L.A. Law" often involved with Corbin Bernsen's Arnie Becker
1994:
First starring role in a TV-movie, "Deconstructing Sarah", a USA mystery
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Played Charley Reed (replacing Jo Anderson) on "Sisters" (NBC)
1996:
Appeared in supporting role in "One Fine Day"
1999:
Acted in the ABC adapation of "John Sandford's 'Mind Prey'"
2000:
Seen briefly in the comedy "Nurse Betty"
2000:
Was one of the producers of the film "Dancing at the Blue Iguana", featuring Darryl Hannah and directed by Michael Radford
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -

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husband:
Richard Schiff. Had two from a previous marriage; survived him.
husband:
Richard Schiff. Actor. Met in the 1980s when she auditioned for a play he was directing; reconnected in the 1990s when both were living in L.A.; married in 1996.

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father:
J H Kelley. Worked in the mining industry; moved family every two years until his youngest daughter Sheila was 11.
father:
J H Kelley. Has three brothers; Needham is the only daughter.
mother:
Catherine Jane Holway Kelley. House builder.
son:
Augustus Kelley Schiff. Younger.
son:
Augustus Kelley Schiff. Born in November 1994.
daughter:
Ruby Schiff. Had five; survived him.
daughter:
Ruby Schiff. Born in August 2000; father, Richard Schiff.
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