That '70s Show
“I love the character that I play! It is perfect for me because Laurie and I have a lot in common. Like being flirtatious and being manipulative with Dad, and having a combative relationship with my brother.” Lisa Robin Kelly
American actress Lisa Robin Kelly is best remembered by TV audience as the daddy's girl Laurie Foreman on Fox's “That '70s Show” (1998-2001, 2002-2003). A graduate of Chicago's Academy of the Arts, she started her TV career with a series of guest roles in series like “Married... with Children,” “Sisters,” “Murphy Brown” and “The X Files” before having a regular role as Jill Stevens in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (1996) and finally had her big break in “That '70s Show.” Kelly also has acted in many TV films, including “Late Last Night” (1999) and “Alikes” (2002). As a film actress, the 5' 7” beauty has appeared in such independent films as “Payback” (1995), “The Survivor” (1998), “Kill the Man” (1999) and “Clubland” (1999) and in the big movie “Jawbreaker” (1999). After her second departure from “That '70s Show,” Kelly could be seen playing Marilyn in the comedy film “The Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale” (2005).
Outside of acting, Kelly spends her time volunteering with charitable organizations like PETA, Hollygrove and the Sierra Club. She is a fan of the Mudhens and credits Meg Ryan as her favorite actress and Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, Jewel and Alanis Morisette as her favorite singers. The self-described awesome enjoys tennis, rockclimbing and yoga. She has a cat named Sam.
Childhood and Family:
Lisa Robin Kelly was born on March 5, 1970, in Southington, Connecticut. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, she found a knack on acting when she was 7 years old and went on to appear in many local stage productions. Along with her mother, she moved to Chicago where she was accepted into a performing arts high school, the Chicago Academy of the Arts. In addition to studying opera and theater, she also joined the school's cheerleader squad. She later moved to California to give acting more opportunities.
The Food Chain
“I got the bug at age seven.” Lisa Robin Kelly
Lisa Robin Kelly had her first taste of performing when she was seven years old and subsequently knew that she wanted to become an actress. She participated in various productions in her childhood hometown of Toledo, Ohio, and later gained professional training from the Chicago Academy of the Arts. After completing her studies, Kelly embarked on Chicago theater circuit and soon found recognition. With the hope of getting more work, she packed her stuff and made her way to California.
Kelly made her TV debut in a guest role as Carol in a 1992 episode of the long-running comedy series “Married... with Children,” and continued to have an-episodic roles in such series as “Silk Stalkings,” “Renegade” (both 1994), “Platypus Man” (1995), “Sisters,” “Murphy Brown” (both 1995) and “The X Files” (1996). It was also in 1994 that she landed her first TV film role in “Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story,” a drama starring Jaclyn Smith, Brad Johnson and Hilary Swank.
The Connecticut-born beauty segued to the big screen acting in 1995 when she had a small part as a teenage girl in the independent thriller “Payback,” directed by Anthony Hickox. She followed it up with a supporting part as Dana in the direct-to-video horror “Amityville: Dollhouse” (1996) and a costarring role as Laura Kincaid in “Performance Anxiety” (1997), with Chad Bell and Adam Carl, who also directed and written the film. In between the projects, she had a first regular role in the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” (1996), playing Jill Stevens #1.
After six years in television, Kelly finally enjoyed her big breakthrough when she won the regular role of the manipulative Laurie Forman on the Fox comedy series “That '70s Show” in 1998. As the older sister of Eric (played by Topher Grace), she received short prosperity, moderate publicity and raised yield during the first two years of the show, but these were cut short by her drug problem that forced her to leave the show in the third season in 2001. In her departure, her character was told to leave town for beauty school.
In addition to this role, Kelly maintained busy pursuing other opportunities. In 1998, she costarred with Xavier Declie and Richard Moll in the independent film “The Survivor,” shot the pilot of “Fantasy Island,” played the supporting role of Molly in the made-for-TV film “Young Hearts Unlimited” as well as guested in TV series like “Poltergeist: The Legacy” and “The Net.” She then appeared with Luke Wilson, Teri Garr and Paula Devicq in Indie film “Kill the Man” (1999), where she played the best friend of Devicq, supported Jimmy Tuckett and Brad Hunt in the Mary Lambert-directed “Clubland” (1999), as Carla, and was featured as a cheerleader in the high-profile film “Jawbreaker” (1999), starring Rose McGowan and directed and penned by Darren Stein. On the small screen, she played Daisy in a 1999 episode of “Charmed,” and had the role of a drug-addicted stripper in the comedy film “Late Last Night” (1999), opposite Emilio Estevez, Kelly Rowan and Steven Weber. In 2002, Kelly starred as Krystal in the made-for-TV film “Alikes.” The same year, she was also invited back to “That '70s Show” in the end of the fifth season, and was offered to appear in thrirteen episodes of the following season. However, she left the show for second time after only appearing in a few episodes. She was permanently replaced by Christina Moore. According to costar Wilmer Valderrama, Kelly quit the show to try other things and had been sober for two years.
Kelly resurfaced in 2005 to play Marilyn in the short/comedy film “The Food Chain: A Hollywood Scarytale,” a modern-day retelling of the Grimm's Brothers “Snow White” about a girl that is linked to the “A” list Hollywood club circuit.