Hollywood is in mourning this week after Chelsea Brown, an actress and dancer best known as a cast member on the 1960s television show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” passed away. She was 74 years-old.
The New York Times reported that Brown joined “Laugh-In” back in 1968, and she appeared on the show with Ruth Buzzi, Jo Ann Worley, and Goldie Hawn.
George Schlatter, “Laugh-In’s” executive producer, said he remembers casting Brown after she auditioned for an NBC special called “Soul,” which starred black performers including Redd Foxx.
“The fact that she was black was incidental,” he said. “The fact that she was cute and funny and sexy was what hit me right away.”
After leaving “Laugh-In” in 1969, Brown appeared on television shows like “The Flying Nun” and “Love, American Style” and films like “Sweet Charity” and “The Thing With Two Heads.” She moved to Australia in the 1970s, developing a touring cabaret show and appearing on television programs there.
Brown married actor Vic Rooney in the mid-1990s and remained with him until his death in 2002. After this, Brown moved back to her hometown of Chicago.
Rest in peace, Chelsea Brown!