Kelly Rutherford

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Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford.jpg
Rutherford in 2009
BornKelly Rutherford Deane
(1968-11-06) November 6, 1968 (age 45)
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Carlos Tarajano (m. 2001–02)
Daniel Giersch (m. 2006–10)
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Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford.jpg
Rutherford in 2009
BornKelly Rutherford Deane
(1968-11-06) November 6, 1968 (age 45)
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Carlos Tarajano (m. 2001–02)
Daniel Giersch (m. 2006–10)

Kelly Rutherford (born November 6, 1968) is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989—1991), as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place (1996—1999),[1] and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl (2007—2012).

Early life[edit]

Kelly Rutherford Deane[2] was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1968. Her mother, Harriet (aka "Ann") Edwards, is a model and writer. She has a younger brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Courtney and Lindsey. She attended Corona del Mar High School.[3]


Rutherford began her career on daytime soap operas. She appeared on Loving in 1987, and later was cast as a regular on Generations from 1989 to 1991.[4] In 1992 she has won the series regular role in the ABC drama Homefront. In next year, Rutherford appeared on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and in film, had a role of I Love Trouble. She also starred in the short-lived series The Great Defender as Frankie Collet (1995), and in Kindred: The Embraced as Caitlin Byrne (1996).

In 1996, Rutherford joined the cast of Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, as Megan Lewis. She starred on the show until 1999. She also starred as Christine Hamilton in the horror film Scream 3 (2000). From 2003 to 2004, she starred in the ABC drama Threat Matrix as Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer. In next television season she starred in another short-lived series, E-Ring, on NBC. In 2007, Rutherford began starring as Lily Humphrey in the CW series Gossip Girl. The series ended in 2012.[5] Rutherford has also starred in a number of Lifetime movies.

Personal life[edit]

Rutherford married Venezuelan banker Carlos Tarajano in June 2001.[6] Tarajano was diagnosed with a heart condition soon afterwards.[7] Rutherford filed for divorce in January 2002, after six months of marriage.[6] The wedding was featured shortly thereafter in the February 2002 issue of InStyle magazine.[6] Tarajano died in 2004.[citation needed]

Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, in August 2006.[8] She gave birth to their first child, son Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch, in October 2006.[9] While pregnant with their second child, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch on December 30, 2008.[8] Rutherford and Giersch subsequently became involved in a child custody dispute over their son and unborn child.[10] Rutherford gave birth to their second child, daughter Helena, in June 2009.[11] Giersch claimed he was not informed of the birth by Rutherford, and became aware of it only through media reports.[11] In August 2009, Rutherford and Giersch reached a temporary settlement of joint legal and physical custody, in effect until April 2010.[12] Rutherford also obtained a temporary restraining order against him the following month.[13] Giersch's American visa was revoked in April 2012,[14] after Rutherford's lawyer informed the State Department about issues pertaining to Giersch's businesses, which led the Department to conclude that they had sufficient evidence to deport him.[14] It has been reported that the allegations involved fraud[14] or an involvement in drugs and weapons dealing in South America, considered terrorism under the Victory Act.[15] Giersch consequently became unable to enter the United States, and took up residence in France and Monaco.[14] In May 2012, Rutherford and Giersch's children went to France to spend the summer with their father.[16] Rutherford asked the court to grant her sole custody so that she could keep the children primarily in the United States following their visit to France, as the existing joint custody agreement required her to travel frequently to enable Giersch to spend time with the children.[16] In August 2012, in a widely reported decision,[14] a California Superior Court judge ruled that the 50/50 custody arrangement should remain, and that because Giersch is unable to travel to the United States, the children should live in France with him and attend school there, with Rutherford travelling there to visit them.[14][16] Though Rutherford opposed the decision and requested a stay of proceedings while she appealed, her request was denied and it was ruled that in two years, Giersch's eligibility to enter the United States and the consequent well-being of the children will be reassessed.[14][15][16]

In June 2013, Rutherford filed for bankruptcy, claiming debts of approximately $2 million, primarily due to the $1.5 million she spent on legal fees relating to the divorce and custody dispute with Giersch.[17]


1988ShakedownTV watcher
1989Phantom of the Mall: Eric's RevengeSalesgirl
1992Breaking the SilenceCherylTelevision film
1994Tis a Gift to Be SimpleEmily HanoverShort film
1994I Love TroubleKim
1994AmberwavesLola Barnes
1996No Greater LoveEdwina WinfieldTelevision film
1996Buried SecretsDanielle RoffTelevision film
1997Six Months of Darkness, Six Months of LightAnnieShort film
1997Big Fall, TheThe Big FallVeronicaDirect-to-video
1997DilemmaWoman in barUncredited
1997Cyclops, BabyRandy
1998Perfect Getaway, TheThe Perfect GetawayJulia RobinsonTelevision film
1998Disturbance at Dinner, TheThe Disturbance at DinnerMarian Pronkridge
2000Scream 3Christine Hamilton
2000Chaos Factor, TheThe Chaos FactorJodi
2001Acceptable RiskKim WellesTelevision film
2001Tag, TheThe TagWendy
2002Angels Don't Sleep HereKate Porter
2002Swimming UpstreamSandra Bird
2007Tell Me No LiesLaura CooperTelevision film
2013Sister's Nightmare, AA Sister's NightmareJaneTelevision film
2013Stream, TheThe StreamMaggie Terry
1987LovingN/AUnknown episodes
1989–1991GenerationsStephanie "Sam" WhitmoreUnknown episodes
1992Davis RulesErika2 episodes
1992–1993HomefrontJudy OwenMain cast; 21 episodes
1992Bodies of EvidenceDiana WallaceEpisode: "Afternoon Delights"
1992Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventuresN/AEpisode: "As the Dude Turns (The Lives That We Live)"
1993–1994Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.Dixie Cousins7 episodes
1995Great Defender, TheThe Great DefenderFrankie CollettMain cast; 8 episodes
1995CourthouseChristine Lunden4 episodes
1996Kindred: The EmbracedCaitlyn ByrneMain cast; 7 episodes
1996–1999Melrose PlaceMegan Lewis ManciniMain cast (seasons 5–7); 90 episodes
1999–2000Get RealLaura Martineau4 episodes
1999Nash BridgesRoxanne "Roxie" HillEpisode: "Kill Switch"
2000Sally Hemings: An American ScandalLady Maria CoswayMiniseries
2000Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsRachelEpisode: "Nest"
2000–2001Fugitive, TheThe FugitiveHelen Kimble3 episodes
2001Night VisionsMarilyn LanierEpisode: "The Passenger List"
2002–2003District, TheThe DistrictDeputy Mayor Melinda Lockhart6 episodes
2003–2004Threat MatrixSpecial Agent Frankie Ellroy-KilmerMain cast; 16 episodes
2005–2006E-RingSamantha "Sonny" ListonMain cast; 21 episodes
2007–2012Gossip GirlLily van der WoodsenMain cast; 96 episodes
2014BonesStephanie McNamaraEpisode: "The Ghost in the Killer"
2014Being Mary JaneCynthia PhillipsEpisode: "The Huxtables Have Fallen"
2014RecklessJoyce ReedEpisode: "Stand Your Ground"


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 766. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Kentucky birth registration for Kelly Rutherford Deane (#103-51024)
  3. ^ "Gossip Girl Transformations - Kelly Rutherford". InStyle. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Rutherford Biography (1968-)". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Gossip Girl TV show last episode | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b c Kuczynski, Alex (June 2, 2002). "The Curse Of the InStyle Wedding". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shortest Celebrity Marriages: Kelly Rutherford and Carlos Tarajano". Glamour. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Finn, Natalie (January 3, 2009). "Pregnant Gossip Girl Mom Kelly Rutherford Divorcing". E! Online. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gee, Alison (October 18, 2006). "EXCLUSIVE: Melrose Place's Kelly Rutherford Has a Boy". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lee, Ken (January 22, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford & Estranged Husband Testify in Custody Dispute". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Lee, Ken (June 9, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford's Husband: I Wasn't Notified of Daughter's Birth". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lee, Ken (August 4, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford and Ex Reach Truce in Custody Battle". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Lee, Ken (September 24, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford Gets Restraining Order Against Husband". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Abrams, Dan (September 1, 2012). "Two American Kids Shipped to France in One of the Worst Custody Decisions. Ever.". ABC News. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Boehm, Kristin; Coughlan, Maggie (August 29, 2012). "Kelly Rutherford, Daniel Giersch Ordered to Co-Parent in Monaco". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d Silverman, Stephen (September 1, 2012). "Kelly Rutherford Vows to 'Never Stop Fighting for My Children'". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (June 23, 2013). "Kelly Rutherford Files for Bankruptcy". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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