Kelly Preston

Actor, Model
This bubbly actress and wife of John Travolta began her career as a teen ingnue. Breaking into show business in 1982 under her legal name, Kelly Palzis, Preston landed- her first role as a troubled teenager on the CBS ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Casino Jack 2010 (Movie)

Pam Abramoff (Actor)

The Last Song 2010 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Vicki (Actor)

Death Sentence 2007 (Movie)

Helen Hume (Actor)

Broken Bridges 2006 (Movie)

Angela Denton (Actor)

Sky High 2005 (Movie)

Josie/Jetstream (Actor)

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Lucy Collins (Actor)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Return to Sender 2003 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

View From the Top 2003 (Movie)

Sherry (Actor)

What a Girl Wants 2003 (Movie)

Libby Reynolds (Actor)

Celebrity Fear Factor 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/01) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlefield Earth 2000 (Movie)

Chirk (Actor)

Daddy & Them 2000 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Martin Short Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

For Love of the Game 1999 (Movie)

Jane Aubrey (Actor)

Hollywood Salutes Arnold Schwarzenegger 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

Kate Newell (Actor)

Jack Frost 1998 (Movie)

Gabby Frost (Actor)

Addicted to Love 1997 (Movie)

Linda Green (Actor)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

Curdled 1996 (Movie)

Kelly Hogue (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Newscaster Kelly Houge (Actor)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

Avery Bishop (Actor)

Little Surprises 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Surprises 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Munck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheyenne Warrior 1994 (Movie)

Rebecca Carver (Actor)

Love Is a Gun 1994 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Double Cross 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Only You 1992 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Run 1991 (Movie)

Karen Landers (Actor)

The Dave Thomas Comedy Show (01/25/90) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Switch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Experts 1989 (Movie)

Bonnie Grant (Actor)

A Tiger's Tale 1988 (Movie)

Shirley Butts (Actor)

Spellbinder 1988 (Movie)

Miranda Reed (Actor)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

Marnie Mason (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

Love at Stake 1987 (Movie)

Sara Lee (Actor)

52 Pick-Up 1986 (Movie)

Cini (Actor)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Tish (Actor)

Mischief 1985 (Movie)

Marilyn McCauley (Actor)

Secret Admirer 1985 (Movie)

Deborah Anne Fimple (Actor)

Blue Thunder 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

10 to Midnight 1983 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

Roseanne (Actor)

Lone Star 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn 1982 (Movie)

Dhyana (Actor)

Bar Hopping (TV Show)

Actor

Capitol (TV Show)

Actor

For Love and Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Struck (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Bride (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Circle (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

What a Girl Wants 2003 (Movie)

("Heaven Is A Place On Earth") (Song Performer)

Biography

This bubbly actress and wife of John Travolta began her career as a teen ingénue. Breaking into show business in 1982 under her legal name, Kelly Palzis, Preston landed- her first role as a troubled teenager on the CBS daytime serial "Capitol" (CBS, 1982-87) before making her film debut in the Charles Bronson actioner "10 to Midnight" (1983). By 1983, she had adopted the surname Kelly Preston and had made the leap to primetime when cast as a flirtatious teen vamp in the short-lived series "For Love and Honor" (NBC, 1983-84). Romantically linked to a number of eligible Hollywood bachelors during the 1980s - including Charlie Sheen and George Clooney - Preston married Travolta in 1991, a man with whom she would share both a family and a controversial belief in the religion of Scientology, after meeting the actor on the set of their film, "The Experts," (1989). Ironically, it was her role of the selfish, upwardly mobile girlfriend of fellow real-life Scientologist Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe's sports agent-skewing romantic comedy, "Jerry Maguire" (1996) that best illustrated her previously untapped skills as a comic force to be reckoned with.

Relationships

Linda Carlson

Mother

Lee Carlson

Step-Father

George Clooney Actor

Companion
Lived together c. 1987-89; co-adopted Max, a Vietnamese black-bristled potbellied pig No longer together

Kevin Gage Actor

Husband
Appeared together in "SpaceCamp" (1986) Married in 1986 Divorced in 1988

Chris Palzis Production Assistant

Half-Brother
Born c. 1968

Peter Palzis

Father
Adoptive father Divorced Preston's mother c. 1976 Died on Oct. 29, 2004

Charlie Sheen Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged in 1989 Ended the relationship in March 1990 shortly after an incident in which Sheen accidentally shot Preston in the arm (she suffered only a minor injury requiring two stitches) Preston later sold 2.5 carat engagement ring Sheen gave her and split the money with him

John Travolta Actor

Husband
Met while filming "The Experts" (1989) Engaged in January 1991 Married Sept. 5, 1991 in Paris, France by a French Scientologist minister (was legally invalid) Remarried in a legal union on Sept. 12, 1991 in Florida

Ella Travolta

Daughter
Born April 3, 2000; father, John Travolta

Jett Travolta

Son
Born April 13, 1992; father, John Travolta; parents claimed he suffered from Kawasaki disease Died on Jan. 02, 2009 after suffering from a seizure at his family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island; parents later claimed he was autistic

Benjamin Travolta

Son
Born Nov. 23, 2010; father, John Travolta

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Punahou School

Honolulu , Hawaii

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Transferred, but did not graduate

Milestones

2010

Played the wife of lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff (played by Kevin Spacey) in "Casino Jack"

2009

Co-starred with Robin Williams and husband John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs"

2008

Had a recurring role on NBC's "Medium"

2007

Played Kevin Bacon's wife in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"

2005

Co-starred with Kurt Russell in Walt Disney's teen comedy "Sky High" as the flying superhero mom Josie Jetstream

2004

Starred in the black comedy "Eulogy" which follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch

2004

Cast in a two-episode story arc on NBC's "Joey" playing the best friend of Joey's sister (Drea de Matteo)

2003

Played the mother to Amanda Bynes' character in "What a Girl Wants"

2003

Along with Gwyneth Paltrow, co-starred in the feature "View From The Top"

2000

Played the girlfriend of her husband's character in "Battlefield Earth"

1999

Cast as Kevin Costner's leading lady in "For Love of the Game"

1999

Co-starred in Billy Bob Thornton's "Daddy and Me"

1998

Played the female lead in "Jack Frost"

1998

Co-starred with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum in "Holy Man"

1997

Appeared as Matthew Broderick's ex-girlfriend in "Addicted to Love"

1996

Had featured role in Showtime's "Mrs. Munck"; written and directed by Diane Ladd; played Ladd's titular character as a young woman

1996

Had breakthrough role in "Jerry Maguire"

1991

TV-movie debut, "The Perfect Bride" (USA Network)

1988

Displayed comedic talents in "Twins"

1987

Met future husband John Travolta while starring in "The Experts" (released in 1989)

1986

Co-starred in "SpaceCamp"; met future husband Kevin Gage (since divorced)

1983

Cast as a series regular on NBC's "For Love and Honor" (first billing as Kelly Preston)

1982

Made film debut in "10 to Midnight" (billed as Kelly Palzis)

1982

First regular TV appearance in the CBS daytime serial, "Capitol" (billed as Kelly Palzis)

1980

Moved to Los Angeles to study at USC

Spent two years in Australia during her teens, where she first appeared in TV commercials

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