Pelikan is primarily a stage actor and director, but is also known to film audiences for her film debut as the younger version of Vanessa Redgrave's title character in Julia (1977). She also had the role as the widowed mother Sarah Hargrave in the film sequel Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). Her first regular television work was as maid Kate Mahaffey on the CBS soap opera Beacon Hill. Other high points in her career include her performances as the lusty Lucy Scanlon in the Television miniseries Studs Lonigan (1979), and the title character of the horror film Jennifer (1978). She won a Drama-Logue Award for her role in Only a Broken String of Pearls, a one-woman play about Zelda Fitzgerald by Willard Simms. Her stage credits are numerous.
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