Debralee Scott, an actress who appeared in sitcoms, movies and on game shows, died on April 5 of natural causes. She was 52.
The New Jersey native hailed from a show business family. Her sister, Scott Bushnell, produced many of director Robert Altman’s films; her other sister, Jeri Scott, became a talent manager. Debralee broke into Hollywood by playing an abducted girl in the 1971 film “Dirty Harry.”
At 22, Scott landed her first major role as Cathy Shumway on the 1970s sitcom “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” She next tackled the character Rosalie “Hotsy Totsy” Totzie in the TV comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter.” In the 1980s, Scott acted in “Police Academy” (1984) and “Police Academy 3: Back in Training” (1986), and found steady work appearing as a celebrity guest on the game shows “Match Game,” “Get Rich Quick,” “Riddlers,” “Hollywood Squares,” “The $20,000 Pyramid,” “The Family Feud,” “Chain Reaction” and “Password Plus.”
In recent years, Scott lived in New York City and worked as an agent with Empowered Artists. She was engaged to John D. Levi, a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, when he was killed in the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.