Chelsea Brown, an actress and dancer known best for appearing as a cast member on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, of complications from dementia. She was 69.
The death was first reported Thursday by the Australian entertainment reporter Peter Ford on “The Morning Show.” He said “Laugh-In” co-producer George Schlatter confirmed Brown’s death. Brown had lived in Australia for 20-plus years and was a well-known celebrity there before moving back to her native Chicago.
Brown was a “Laugh-In” cast member for one season, 1968-1969, performing comedy sketches and go-go dancing in a bikini, her body painted with assorted graffiti.
Lois Brown – Chelsea was her stage name – was born Dec. 6, 1947. She started her performing career as a dancer in the films “Head” and “Sweet Charity.”
After “Laugh-In,” Brown guest-starred in episodes of TV shows including “The Flying Nun,” “Love American Style,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, “Mission: Impossible,” and “Ironside.”
She starred alongside Rosie Grier in the 1973 TV movie “The Thing With Two Heads.”
In 1993, Brown attended the 25th-anniversary party for “Laugh-In” in Santa Monica, California, alongside fellow “Laugh-In” actresses Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, and Goldie Hawn, among others.
Brown was preceded in death by her husband of eight years, the Australian actor Victor Rooney, who died in 2002.