Kelly Preston

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Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston.jpg
Preston in December 2005
BornKelly Kamalelehua Smith
(1962-10-13) October 13, 1962 (age 52)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1980–present
ChildrenJett, Ella and Benjamin Travolta
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Kelly Preston
Kelly Preston.jpg
Preston in December 2005
BornKelly Kamalelehua Smith
(1962-10-13) October 13, 1962 (age 52)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1980–present
ChildrenJett, Ella and Benjamin Travolta

Kelly Preston (born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith; October 13, 1962) is an American actress and former model. She has appeared in more than 60 television and film productions, most notably including Mischief, Twins and Jerry Maguire. She is married to John Travolta.

Early years[edit]

Kelly Kamalelehua Smith[1] was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother Linda, was an administrator of a mental health center and her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned when Preston was only three years old.[2][3] Her mother married Peter Palzis, a personnel director, who subsequently adopted her; she used his name when she first began her acting career until 1984.[1][4] She has a younger half-brother, Chris Palzis.[1] As a child, she spent time living in Iraq and also in Australia, where she attended Pembroke School in Adelaide. She went on to Punahou School and studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California.[5]


While living in Australia, Preston was discovered at 16 by a fashion photographer who helped her get work in commercials and other small parts,[1] and organised Preston's first film audition in 1980 for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which she lost to the younger Brooke Shields.[6] At that time she changed her last name to Preston.[7]

Her first prominent film roles came in 1985, firstly as Marilyn McCauley in romantic comedy teen flick Mischief and then as the beautiful but shallow Deborah Ann Fimple in another teen romantic comedy, Secret Admirer. Other notable roles included SpaceCamp (1986), Twins (1988) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire (1996) with Tom Cruise and Kate Newell in Holy Man (1998) with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum.

She played the girlfriend of her husband, John Travolta's, character "Terl" in the 2000 film Battlefield Earth,[8] and received "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards for her role in the film.[9] In 2005 she appeared as the flying, superheroine mother of the protagonist in the film Sky High.

Preston was featured in the chart-topping Maroon 5 music video, "She Will Be Loved" in 2004. The video features a love triangle and romantic scenes between Preston and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. In 2008, she was cast in a television pilot for a potential show called Suburban Shootout.[10] She had a short term recurring role on Medium.[10]

In 2008, Preston starred in the Lifetime movie The Tenth Circle, directed by Peter Markle. The film was shot in Nova Scotia and featured Ron Eldard, Brittany Robertson, Michael Riley, Jamie Johnston and Geordie Brown.[11]

She is a spokeswoman for Neutrogena since 2005 and appears in print and television advertisements.[12]

Preston is set to play Victoria Gotti in the upcoming John Gotti biopic Gotti: In The Shadow of my Father.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage from 1985 until their divorce in 1987. She also had a relationship with George Clooney,[1] who gave her Max, a pet pig that he kept after the couple split up.[14] She was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1990,[1][15] but ended the relationship shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm.[15][16]

John Travolta[edit]

Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts.[17] They married in 1991, traveling to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon (close to Place de la Concorde) on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony was required because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta are Scientologists), was considered invalid. This second ceremony took place on September 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.[18] They had three children: Jett (April 13, 1992-January 2, 2009), Ella Bleu (born 2000), and Benjamin Hunter Kaleo (born 2010).[19][20]

Son's death[edit]

On January 2, 2009, Jett Travolta died while the family was on a holiday vacation in The Bahamas.[21][22] His death was attributed to a seizure.[23] Jett suffered from Kawasaki disease as an infant and had a history of seizures.[24][25] In September 2009, Travolta and Preston confirmed longstanding speculations when they testified that their son had autism and suffered regular seizures. This revelation came during their testimony at the trial resulting from an extortion attempt related to their son's death.[26]

On January 23, 2009, three people were arrested in the Bahamas in connection with a multi-million dollar extortion plot against Travolta and Preston concerning the circumstances of their son's death.[27] One of the men, Obie Wilchcombe, a member of the Bahamian Parliament and former Bahamian Minister of Tourism, was described as a "close friend" of Travolta and Preston.[27] Two others allegedly involved were an EMT named Tarino Lightbourne and a Bahamian senator named Pleasant Bridgewater. Bridgewater was charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort and resigned from the Senate as a result of the allegations.[27][28]



198310 to MidnightDoreen
1983Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-SynDhyana
1985MischiefMarilyn McCauley
1985Secret AdmirerDeborah Anne Fimple
1986SpaceCampTish Ambrosé
198652 Pick-UpCini
1987Love at StakeSara Lee
1987Tiger's Tale, AA Tiger's TaleShirley Butts
1987Amazon Women on the MoonVioletSegment: "Titan Man"
1988SpellbinderMiranda Reed
1988TwinsMarnie Mason
1989Experts, TheThe ExpertsBonnie
1991RunKaren Landers
1992Only YouAmanda Hughes
1994Double CrossVera BlanchardVideo
1994Love Is a GunJean Starr
1994Cheyenne WarriorRebecca Carver
1995Mrs. MunckYoung Rose
1995Waiting to ExhaleKathleen
1996Citizen RuthRachel
1996From Dusk till DawnNewscaster Kelly Houge
1996CurdledKelly Hogue
1996Jerry MaguireAvery Bishop
1997Addicted to LoveLinda
1997Nothing to LoseAnn Beam
1998Holy ManKate Newell
1998Jack FrostGabby Frost
1999For Love of the GameJane Aubrey
2000Battlefield EarthChirk
2001Daddy and ThemRose
2003View from the TopSherry
2003What a Girl WantsLibby Reynolds
2003Cat in the Hat, TheThe Cat in the HatJoan
2004EulogyLucy Collins
2004Return to SenderSusan Kennan
2005Sky HighJosie Stronghold / Jetstream
2006Broken BridgesAngela Delton
2007Death SentenceHelen Hume
2008StruckTristaShort film
2009Old DogsVicki
2010Last Song, TheThe Last SongKim
2010Casino JackPam Abramoff
2014Gotti: In the Shadow of My FatherVictoria GottiPre-production


1980Hawaii Five-0WendyEpisode: "For Old Times Sake"
1982CapitolGillian McCandlessTV series
1983Lone StarRedheadTV film
1983Quincy, M.E.Ginger ReevesEpisode: "On Dying High"
1983Renegades, TheThe RenegadesLisa PrimusEpisode: "Back to School"
1983CHiPsAnnaEpisode: "Things That Go Creep in the Night"
1983-1984For Love and HonorMary LeeRegular role (12 episodes)
1984RiptideSherry MeyersEpisode: "The Hardcase"
1984Blue ThunderAmy BraddockEpisode: "The Long Flight"
1990Tales from the CryptLindaEpisode: "The Switch"
1991Perfect Bride, TheThe Perfect BrideLauraTV film
1993American Clock, TheThe American ClockDiana MarleyTV film
1994Cheyenne WarriorRebecca CarverTV film
1996Little SurprisesGingerTV short
2000Bar HoppingBebeTV film
2004JoeyDonna Di GregorioEpisodes: "Joey and the Dream Girl: Parts 1 & 2"
2005Fat ActressQuinn Taylor ScottRecurring role (4 episodes)
2008Suburban ShootoutCamilla DiamondUnsold TV pilot
2008MediumMeghan DoyleRecurring role (4 episodes)
2008Tenth Circle, TheThe Tenth CircleLaura StoneTV film
2013AdoptedKareyTV film
2013Stafford Project, TheThe Stafford ProjectTabithaEpisode: "White Secret"


2001Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActressBattlefield EarthWon
2004Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActressDr. Seuss' The Cat in the HatNominated
2010Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActressOld DogsNominated


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