Kelly Preston is an American actress and former model who has been active in Hollywood since 1980 and has worked in several television and film productions. Her remarkable plays include Broken Bridges, Jerry Maguire, Battlefield Earth, Old Dogs, Twins, etc.
The popular actress we all know today as Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962, as Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father worked for an agricultural company before drowning, while her mother worked as an administrator in a psychiatric hospital. After the death of her father, her mother remarried and her stepfather Peter Palzis adopted her and she adopted his name, which she used until 1984. She attended the Pembroke School in Adelaide, the Punahou School and then the University of Southern California, where she obtained a degree in acting and theatre. Kelly has a half-brother named Chris Palzis.
Kelly’s career as a model began at the age of 16 when she was discovered by an Australian fashion photographer who hired her for some commercials and also helped her organize her first film casting for a role in The Blue Lagoon in the 1980s, unfortunately, she didn’t get the role she auditioned for.
However, she got her first film role in 1985 when she played the leading role of Marilyn McCauley in the teenage movie Mischief. From then on, she played alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in many other blockbuster films, including the 1988 blockbuster movie Twins. In 1996, she played Avery Bishop in the movie Jerry Maguire. She was Jane Aubrey in For Love of the Game and also played the lead role in Holy Man alongside Eddie Murphy. Kelly appeared in Battlefield Earth in 2000 and in the movie Sky High in 2005. For her role in Battlefield Earth, Kelly was awarded the worst supporting actress at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards.
Her other films include The Tenth Circle, Medium, and many others. In addition to acting, the award-winning actress has been a spokesperson for Neutrogena since 2005 and appears in both Neutrogena’s print and television commercials. She also appeared in the music video Maroon 5, She Will Is Loved. Kelly was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role in Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat and in 2010 for her role in Old Dogs.
Kelly Preston’s Husband – Relationship With John Travolta
Although currently married to John Travolta, Kelly Preston was once married to Kevin Gage from 1985 to 1987. After her marriage to Gage broke down, she dated George Clooney and later Charlie Sheen, with whom she became engaged in 1990, but in 1991 she finally made the alliance with Travolta.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston first met in 1987 when they shot The Experts. Kelly was married to Gage at the time, and John was dating Marilu Henner. After divorcing Gage, Kelly and John began to meet, and in 1991 they were married in a quiet but romantic wedding in Paris, France. The couple, both loyal members of the Church of Scientology, wanted the wedding ceremony to be performed by a Scientologist. Therefore, a second wedding ceremony was required, which took place in Daytona Beach, Florida, just one week after the first.
The couple has remained together ever since and had three children – Jett (1992 – 2009), Ella Bleu (2000), and Benjamin (2010).
Jett was only two years old when he was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease (a condition common in children), which causes arthritis. He also had asthma and autism, these health conditions affected his development, both physically and mentally. He died in January 2009 after banging his head on a bathtub with his family during the Christmas holidays at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island in his family home. In memory of Jett, John Travolta established the Jett Travolta Foundation, an NGO dedicated to helping children with special needs.
Unfortunately, the marriage between the two is tainted with too many rumors. In 2010, Travolta was caught by paparazzi kissing another man on the mouth, causing everyone, including his wife, to wonder if he was gay, but he denied the rumors.
Moreso, there have been rumors lately that the couple may soon go to court to end their 26-year marriage, but neither party has confirmed this. We only hope that in the end, these rumors are mere rumors.