My source here is kind of sketchy, but I’m inclined to believe her. Sandie Crisp, better known to as The Goddess Bunny (of Obey the Walrus fame), has been living in a skilled nursing home in Inglewood, California – the SAME nursing home that Roz Kelly of Happy Days fame reportedly lives in. Sandy took to Facebook today to announce that Roz had passed away, at age 73. No other media outlets are reporting this yet. Not Wikipedia, not IMDB, nobody on Twitter, and no blogs. But Sandie writes:
Roz Kelly past (sic) away today at the age of 73 better known as Pinky Tuskadarow on Happy Days as Fonzie ‘s girlfriend. She was also in Lords of FlatBush , and many more television shows
I’m just passing along her post. If Roz is, indeed, alive and well, I’m terribly sorry.
TMZ, will you do a little sleuthing here and get to the bottom of this?
In addition to her iconic role as Fonzie’s girlfriend Pink Tuscadaro, Roz guest starred in New Year’s Evil and The Lords of Flatbush, and guest starred in a number of ’70s era TV shows including Starsky & Hutch, Match Game, The Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Baretta, Kojak, The Love Boat, The Dukes of Hazzard, Charlie’s Angels, and Fantasy Island.
Her later years were turbulent. Reports Wikipedia:
On November 29, 1998, she was arrested for firing a 12-gauge shotgun into the living room window of a neighbor’s house after a car alarm woke her up; she also shot the neighbor’s car and another car nearby. The neighbor was not home at the time. She pleaded no contest to the charge of firing into the house and was sentenced to three years’ felony probation on October 20, 2000. Kelly was also ordered to receive psychiatric counseling and pay restitution as ordered by the probation department.
On October 27, 2000, she was sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading “no contest” to charges stemming from an August 20, 2000, arrest for hitting a man with her cane. She was given credit for the 98 days that she had already spent in jail awaiting sentencing, thus avoiding having to spend any more time in jail.
Listed under “Personal Quotes” on her IMDB page is this gem:
“I hear that some people think I’m abrasive. I’m just myself. Sure I talk loud once in a while, but that doesn’t mean people can chew me up and spit me out.”