April 2, 1953|
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 2005
Amelia Island, Florida, U.S.
Debralee Scott (April 2, 1953 – April 5, 2005) was an American actress best known for her role on the sitcoms Welcome Back, Kotter; Angie; and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Scott was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and later lived in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where she was a cheerleader.
Film and TV roles
At age 22, she found fame on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, playing Mary's sister, Cathy Shumway. She appeared on the first season of the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter as Rosalie "Hotzi" Totzi, guest-starred in an episode of Gibbsville in 1976, and played Angie's younger sister Marie Falco in the Donna Pescow situation comedy Angie.
Scott also appeared on the daytime TV game show Match Game between 1976 and 1982. Scott also appeared with her Angie co-stars on an "All Star" edition of Family Feud where she helped win money for charity.
Scott continued to act, appearing in two Police Academy movies, including the first, but she later retired from acting and became an agent for a company in New York City called Empowered Artists. In 2000, Scott appeared on a panel with her former cast members of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills. Scott greeted fans and posed for photos after the Q&A.
On September 11, 2001, Scott's fiancé, Dennis Levi, was killed in the terrorist attack on New York City. In 2005 Scott decided to move to Florida to live with her sister. Soon after her arrival in Florida, she collapsed and lingered in a coma for several days. Three days later, on April 5, 2005, she took a nap and apparently died in her sleep. Scott's body was cremated. Her fiance's mother stated that Scott had a drinking problem that led to her developing cirrhosis, which led to her death. Her sister Jerri said, "She never did get over Dennis' death."
- Angie (1979)
- Forever Fernwood (1977)
- Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976)
- The Secrets of Isis (1975) (One Episode)
- Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1977)
- Sons and Daughters
- Match Game (1976–1982)
- Shoot for the Stars (1977)
- Password Plus
- The $20,000 Pyramid
- All-Star Family Feud (1979)
- The Merv Griffin Show
- The Donna Summer Special (1980) singing in 'Bad Girls' chorus
- Movin' On (1974)
- Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
- Police Academy (1984)
- Pandemonium (1982)
- The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
- Our Time (1974)
- Earthquake (TV edit)
- The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974)
- American Graffiti (1973)
- Dirty Harry (1971) (uncredited)
- The Candidate (uncredited)
- Bittan, Dave. "DEBRALEE SCOTT", Philadelphia Daily News, November 30, 1984. Accessed December 28, 2007.
- via Associated Press. "DEBRALEE SCOTT, 52", The Boston Globe, April 10, 2005. Accessed December 28, 2007. "Scott died April 5 at her home in Amelia Island of natural causes, said her sister, Jeri Scott, a talent manager in Beverly Hills."
- Actress Debralee Drank Herself To Death by WENN | 22 April 2005, Accessed November19, 2013.