Lisa Robin Kelly

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Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly.jpg
Born (1970-03-05)March 5, 1970
Southington, Connecticut, U.S.
Died August 15, 2013(2013-08-15) (aged 43)
Altadena, California, U.S.
Cause of death Accidental drug intoxication[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–2012
Spouse(s) Robert Joseph Gilliam (m. 2012; her death 2013) [1]

Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 – August 15, 2013)[1] was an American actress. She was best known for her role as Laurie Forman on the TV series That '70s Show.

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born and raised in Southington, Connecticut.[2][3] Her parents were Thomas Carl Kelly and Linda Diane (née Grimm) Kelly.[1]


Kelly made her debut in the 1992 Married... with Children episode "Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore". She appeared again in 1997 in episodes of Silk Stalkings and on Charmed in 1999, as well as in direct-to-video and television films such as Amityville Dollhouse, Late Last Night, and Jawbreaker.

Kelly played Laurie Forman, the older sister of Eric Forman, on That '70s Show. She abruptly left the show midway through the third season, and her character was written out of the show to "attend beauty school". She returned to the show in the fifth season for four episodes but was replaced with Christina Moore in the sixth season. In an interview with ABC News, she admitted that "with That '70s Show I was guilty of a drinking problem, and I ran", blaming her alcoholism on the loss of a baby.[4]

Legal issues[edit]

In August 2010, Kelly was arrested in North Carolina on a charge of driving under the influence.[5] In November 2010, she pleaded guilty and was fined and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation.[6]

On March 31, 2012, Kelly was arrested on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse and was released on $50,000 bail. The charge was based on a complaint filed by her ex-boyfriend, John Michas.[7][8] She later made public statements saying that she was the one who had been assaulted and denied Michas' claim that she assaulted him.[8][9] The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges.[10]

In November 2012, police in Mooresville, North Carolina arrested the 42-year-old Kelly and her 61-year-old husband, Robert Joseph Gilliam, after responding to a disturbance at their home. Both were charged with assault and released on bond.[11][12] She later filed for divorce and a restraining order against Gilliam.[13]

On June 23, 2013, Kelly was arrested for a suspected DUI when law enforcement responded to a call about a parked car blocking a lane of traffic on the I-5 freeway. She subsequently failed a field-sobriety test.[14]


Days after checking into Pax Rehab House in Altadena, California, Kelly died in her sleep at the facility on August 15, 2013, aged 43.[1] On January 3, 2014, the Los Angeles Department of Coroner concluded that her death was due to an accidental unspecified oral "multiple drug intoxication".[15][16][17][18] In June 2014, Kelly's estranged husband filed a lawsuit against the rehabilitation center where she was being treated and subsequently died, claiming negligence.[13][19]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes Sherrie
1995 Payback Teenage Girl
1996 Amityville Dollhouse Dana
1997 Performance Anxiety[20]
1998 Survivor, TheThe Survivor[20]
1999 Kill the Man Nan
1999 Jawbreaker Cheerleader #2
1999 Clubland Carla
2005 Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale, TheThe Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale[20]
2012 SUX2BME[21]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Married... with Children Carol Episode: "Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
1994 Silk Stalkings Gina Nelson Episode: "Killer Cop"
1994 Renegade Debbie Episode: "Sheriff Reno"
1994 Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story Charlie Greenwell's Girlfriend Television film
1995 Platypus Man Brandi Episode: "NYPD Nude"
1995 ABC Afterschool Special Ashley Episode: "Fast Forward"
1995 Sisters Kristy Episode: "Deceit"
1995 Murphy Brown Student Episode: "The Feminine Critique"
1995 Spring Fling![20] Television film
1995 Terror in the Shadows[20] Television film
1996 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Terri Roberts Episode: "Syzygy"
1996 Hope and Gloria Debbee Episode: "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Funicular"
1996 Days of Our Lives Jill Stevens
1996 Suddenly[20] Television film
1997 Married... with Children Heather Talrico Episode: "Breaking Up is Easy to Do: Part 1"
1997 Jenny Real World Actress Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Live in the Real World"
1997 Alone[20] Television film
1998 Poltergeist: The Legacy Janine Kinsey Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
1998 Fantasy Island Regina Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Buddy Faro Rita Nardo Episode: "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"
1998 Net, TheThe Net Lucy Episode: "Lucy's Life"
1998 Young Hearts Unlimited[20] Television film
1998–2003 That '70s Show Laurie Forman Recurring role, 50 episodes
1999 Charmed Daisy Episode: "Love Hurts"
1999 Late Last Night Tristan Television film
2002 Alikes[20] Television film


  1. ^ a b c d e "Lisa Robin Kelly Informational Death Certificate" (PDF). County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health via Archived (PDF) from the original on April 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gebeau, Jeff (August 16, 2013). "Cousin recalls late TV actress who was born in Southington". Record-Journal. Meriden, Connecticut. Archived from the original on August 21, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lisa Robin Kelly profile". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. July 6, 2013. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved August 15, 2013.  Photo caption.
  4. ^ "Lisa Robin Kelly of That '70s Show Seeks Comeback". ABC News. 2012-04-05. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  5. ^ Staff (December 20, 2010). "70s Show Star Guilty in Drunk Driving Case". Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "70s Show Star Guilty in Drunk Driving Case". December 20, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Staff (March 31, 2012). "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested for Spousal Abuse". Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Lisa Robin Kelly of That '70s Show bemoans 'that picture'". Los Angeles Times. April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly – I'm INNOCENT ... My Roommate Attacked Himself!". Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  10. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly – Off the Hook in Domestic Violence Case". Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  11. ^ "That '70s Show star arrested in North Carolina". Associated Press. November 28, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly -- Arrested for Assault". November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Lisa Robin Kelly obituary,, August 16, 2013; accessed December 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested - That '70s Show Star Busted on Suspicion of DUI". Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  15. ^ Shira, Dahvi (January 3, 2014). "Lisa Robin Kelly Died from Multiple Drug Intoxication". People. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kenneally, Tim (January 3, 2014). "That '70s Show Star Died From Multiple Drugs, Coroner Says". Archived from the original on June 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "70s Show Actress Lisa Robin Kelly -- OD'd on 'Multiple Drugs". TMZ. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  18. ^ Harrison, Lily; Good, Lindsay (January 3, 2014). "Cause of death determined for That '70s Show Actress Lisa Robin Kelly". E! Online. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  19. ^ Baum, Gary (June 10, 2014). "Estranged Husband of That '70s Show Actress Sues Rehab Where She Overdosed". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lentz, Harris M. III (2014). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2013. McFarland & Co. p. 190. ISBN 978-0786476657. 
  21. ^ Lentz, p. 191

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