Lisa Robin Kelly

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Lisa Robin Kelly
Kelly in Los Angeles, January 1999
Born(1970-03-05)March 5, 1970
DiedAugust 15, 2013(2013-08-15) (aged 43)[1]
Resting placeForest Lawn East Cemetery, Weddington, North Carolina
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
Years active1992–2012
Robert Joseph Gilliam
(m. 2012)

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 in Southington, Connecticut, and raised there and in Mooresville, North Carolina.[2][3] Her parents are Thomas Carl Kelly and Linda Diane (née Grimm) Kelly.[1] She earned a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago in 1992.[4]


Kelly made her debut in the 1992 Married... with Children episode "Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore". She appeared again in 1994 in episodes of Silk Stalkings, the X-Files episode "Syzygy" from its third season, and on Charmed in 1999, as well as in direct-to-video and television films such as Amityville Dollhouse, Late Last Night and the theatrical film 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, Kelly admitted that "with That '70s Show I was guilty of a drinking problem, and I ran". Kelly attributed her abuse of alcohol to trauma following a miscarriage.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

In August 2010, Kelly was arrested in North Carolina on a charge of driving while impaired.[6] In November 2010, she pleaded guilty and was fined and sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation.[7]

On March 31, 2012, Kelly was arrested in a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse and was released on $10,000 bail. The charge was based on a complaint filed by her ex-boyfriend, John Michas.[8][9] She later made public statements saying that she was the one who had been assaulted and denied Michas' claim that she assaulted him.[9][10] The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to file charges.[11]

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.[12][13] She later filed for divorce and a restraining order against Gilliam.[14]

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.[15]


Days after checking into Pax Rehab House in Altadena, California, Kelly died in her sleep at the facility on August 15, 2013, age 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".[16][17] She was cremated, her ashes given to family and friends, before being inurned at Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington, North Carolina.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes Sherrie Direct-to-video
1995 Payback Teenage Girl
1996 Amityville Dollhouse Dana Direct-to-video
1997 Performance Anxiety[18] Laura Kincaid
1998 The Survivor[18] Devin
1999 Kill the Man Nan
Jawbreaker Cheerleader #2
Clubland Carla
2005 The Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale[18] Marilyn
2012 SUX2BME[18]: 191  Angel Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Married... with Children Carol Episode: "Kelly Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
1994 Silk Stalkings Gina Nelson Episode: "Killer Cop"
Renegade Debbie Episode: "Sheriff Reno"
Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story Charlie Greenwell's Girlfriend Television film
1995 Platypus Man Brandi Episode: "NYPD Nude"
ABC Afterschool Special Ashley Episode: "Fast Forward"
Sisters Kristy Episode: "Deceit"
Murphy Brown Student Episode: "The Feminine Critique"
Spring Fling![18] Jenny Television film
Terror in the Shadows[18] Patty Television film
1996 The X-Files Terri Roberts Episode: "Syzygy"
Hope and Gloria Debbee Episode: "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Funicular"
Days of Our Lives Jill Stevens 26 episodes
Suddenly[18] Angie Television film
1997 Married... with Children Heather Talrico Episode: "Breaking Up is Easy to Do: Part 1"
Jenny Real World Actress Episode: "A Girl's Gotta Live in the Real World"
Alone[18] Mary Louise Television film
1998 Poltergeist: The Legacy Janine Kinsey Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
Fantasy Island Regina Episode: "Pilot"
Buddy Faro Rita Nardo Episode: "Ain't That a Kick in the Head"
The Net Lucy Episode: "Lucy's Life"
Young Hearts Unlimited[18] Molly Television film
1998–2003 That '70s Show Laurie Forman Main & later recurring role, 50 episodes
1999 Charmed Daisy Episode: "Love Hurts"
Late Last Night Tristan Television film
2002 Alikes[18] Krystal Television film


  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ "'That '70s Show' Actress Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43". Chicago Tribune. August 15, 2013. Archived from the original on October 25, 2020.
  5. ^ Boudreau, Abbie (April 5, 2012). "Lisa Robin Kelly of That '70s Show Seeks Comeback". ABC News. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  6. ^ "70s Show Star Guilty in Drunk Driving Case". December 20, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "70s Show Star Guilty in Drunk Driving Case". TMZ. December 20, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested for Spousal Abuse". TMZ. March 31, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly – I'm INNOCENT ... My Roommate Attacked Himself!". TMZ. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly – Off the Hook in Domestic Violence Case". TMZ. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "That '70s Show star arrested in North Carolina". Fox News. Associated Press. November 28, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012 – via
  13. ^ "That '70s Show Star Lisa Robin Kelly -- Arrested for Assault". TMZ. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  14. ^ "Lisa Robin Kelly obituary". The New York Times. August 16, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  15. ^ "Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested - That '70s Show Star Busted on Suspicion of DUI". TMZ. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  16. ^ Shira, Dahvi (January 3, 2014). "Lisa Robin Kelly Died from Multiple Drug Intoxication". People. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "Estranged Husband of Late "That '70s Show" Actress, Lisa Robin Kelly, Settled Wrongful Death Suit". Westside Today. September 17, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Lentz, Harris M. III (2014). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2013. McFarland & Co. p. 190. ISBN 978-0786476657.

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