Kelly Preston (born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on October 13, 1962) is an American actress and former model. Films she appeared in include MischiefTwins andJerry Maguire, among more than sixty roles on film and television. She is married to John Travolta.

Early yearsEdit

Preston was born Kelly Kamalelehua Palzis[1] in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother was an administrator of a mental health center and her father worked for an agricultural firm, only to be 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 maternal half-brother, Chris Palzis.[1] As a child, she spent time living inIraq and Australia. While living in Australia, she attended Pembroke School. Preston later attended 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.

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 EldardBrittany RobertsonMichael RileyJamie 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 lifeEdit

Preston married actor Kevin Gage in 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 TravoltaEdit

Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts.[17] They married in 1991. Both traveled to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon (close to Place de la Concorde), celebrated on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony had to be conducted because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta are Scientologists), was regarded as invalid. The second ceremony took place a week later, on September 12, in Daytona Beach, Florida.[18] They have since had three children: Jett (April 13, 1992 - January, 2, 2009), Ella Bleu (born April 3, 2000) and Benjamin Hunter Kaleo (born November 23, 2010).[19][20]

Son's deathEdit

On January 2, 2009, the couple's son Jett died while the family was on a holiday vacation in The Bahamas.[21][22] The cause of his death was attributed to a seizure.[23] Jett suffered from Kawasaki disease as an infant and had a history of seizures.[24][25] On September 24, 2009,[26] 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.[27]

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.[28] 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.[28] Two others allegedly involved were anEMT 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.[28][29]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hawaii Five-O Wendy Episode: "For Old Times Sake"
1982 Capitol Gillian McCandless Unknown episodes
1983 Quincy M.E. Ginger Reeves Episode: "On Dying High"
1983 10 to Midnight Doreen
1983 CHiPs Anna Episode: "Things That Go Creep in the Night"
1983 Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn Dhyana
1983 Christine Roseanne
1983 Lone Star Redhead Television movie
1983-1984 For Love and Honor Mary Lee 12 episodes
1984 Riptide Sherry Meyers Episode: "The Hardcase"
1984 Blue Thunder Amy Braddock Episode: "The Long Flight"
1985 Mischief Marilyn McCauley
1985 Secret Admirer Deborah Anne Fimple
1986 SpaceCamp Tish Ambrosei
1986 52 Pick-Up Cini
1987 Love at Stake Sara Lee
1987 A Tiger's Tale Shirley Butts
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Violet Segment, "Titan Man"
1988 Twins Marnie Mason
1988 The Experts Bonnie
1988 Spellbinder Miranda Reed
1990 Tales from the Crypt Linda Episode: "The Switch"
1991 Run Karen Landers
1991 The Perfect Bride Laura Television movie
1992 Only You Amanda Hughes
1993 The American Clock Diana Marley Television movie
1994 Love Is a Gun Jean Starr
1994 Double Cross Vera Blanchard
1994 Cheyenne Warrior Rebecca Carver Television movie
1995 Little Surprises Ginger Television movie
1995 Mrs. Munck Young Rose
1995 Citizen Ruth Rachel
1996 From Dusk till Dawn Kelly Hogue
1996 Curdled Kelly Hogue
1996 Jerry Maguire Avery Bishop
1997 Addicted to Love Linda
1997 Nothing to Lose Ann Beam
1998 Holy Man Kate Newell
1998 Jack Frost Gabby Frost
1999 For Love of the Game Jane Aubrey
2000 Bar Hopping Bebe Television movie
2000 Battlefield Earth Chirk Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2001 Daddy and Them Rose
2002 Fear Factor Herself
2003 View from the Top Sherry
2003 What a Girl Wants Libby Reynolds
2003 The Cat in the Hat Joan Walden Nominated-Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2004 Eulogy Lucy Collins
2004 Return to Sender Susan Kennan
2004 Joey Donna Di Gregorio Episodes: "Joey and the Dream Girl: Parts 1 and 2"
2005 Fat Actress Quinn Taylor Scott 4 episodes
2005 Sky High Josie Stronghold / Jetstream
2006 Broken Bridges Angela Dalton
2007 Death Sentence Helen Hume
2008 Struck Trista
2008 Medium Meghan Doyle 4 episodes
2008 The Tenth Circle Laura Stone Television movie
2008 Suburban Shootout Camilla Diamond Unknown episodes
2009 Old Dogs Vicki Nominated-Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2010 Casino Jack Pam Abramoff
2010 The Last Song Kim
2010 From Paris with Love Woman on Eiffel Tower Uncredited
2014 Gotti: In The Shadow of my Father Victoria "Vicki" Gotti pre-production
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