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Debralee Scott

Debralee Scott

Debralee Scott (1953 – 2005) was an American actress best known for her role on the soap opera spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as the title character (played by Louise Lasser)'s trampy younger and prettier sister, Cathy Shumway.

Movie roles

An effervescent redhead with a deft talent for comedy, Scott's first role was that of a corpse in 1971's Dirty Harry. At age 22, she found fame on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She appeared on the first season of the sitcom Welcome Back Kotter as Rosalie Hotzi Totzi, and in the Donna Pescow sitcom Angie. Among her other credits were the 1973 feature film American Graffiti and the 1974 film Earthquake. Scott's scenes in the latter, which were set on an airplane, were never shown in the cinema run, only appearing during an extended-length network TV premiere showing. She also appeared on the daytime TV show Match Game between 1976 and 1980.


Scott continued to act, appearing in two Police Academy movies, including the first, but she later retired from acting and became an agent. In 2001, her fiancée, Port Authority police officer John Dennis Levi, perished during the 9/11 attacks. In March 2005 Scott moved to Amelia Island, Florida from Brooklyn, New York, in order to be near her ailing elder sister, Jeri Scott, a production designer.

Soon after her arrival, she collapsed, and lingered in a coma for several days. She woke up, and when asked where she was, replied, obviously in the hospital. Scott was released two days later (on April 2, her birthday) and her spirits remained high for several more days. She went to take a nap, and never woke up on April 5, 2005. The cause of death (which occurred three days after her 52nd birthday) was sclerosis of the liver, a complication of acute alcoholism.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Debralee Scott Facts

BirthdayApril 2, 1953
BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey, USA
Date of deathApril 5, 2005 (Amelia Island, Florida, USA, age 52)

Selected Filmography

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: The Complete Series
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
A Sweathog Christmas Special
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
Butterflies Are Free
Police Academy
Lisa Bright & Dark
Just Tell Me You Love Me
Incoming Freshmen
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