Kelly (Preston) (1962 - 2020)

Kelly (Preston)
1962 - 2020
updated July 13, 2020
Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii USA. She married John Joseph Travolta. She died on July 12, 2020 at 57 years of age.

Kelly Preston.
Born October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Died July 12, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA (breast cancer)
Birth Name Kelly Kamalelehua Smith
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A talented and captivating performer, she first garnered international attention with her role as "Marnie Mason" in Ivan Reitman's Twins (1988), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. With her diverse character portrayals in films, such as director Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996); Citizen Ruth (1996) for Alexander Payne; and For Love of the Game (1999), directed by Sam Raimi, she continued to capture audience attention.
In the early part of her career, Kelly worked with notable director John Frankenheimer in the Elmore Leonard film, 52 Pick-Up (1986), alongside Roy Scheider and Ann-Margret. Her career saw her cast her beside some of Hollywood's most notable names, including Kevin Spacey in Casino Jack (2010); Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, and Harvey Keitel in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn (1996); Kevin Bacon in Death Sentence (2007); Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick in Addicted to Love (1997); Debra Winger, Zooey Deschanel, and Hank Azaria in Eulogy (2004); Mike Myers in The Cat in the Hat (2003); and Rod Steiger and Julie Harris in the Academy Award-nominated short, Little Surprises (1996).
Kelly was actively involved in education, drug reform and many charitable organizations. She was acknowledged with numerous awards as a result of her work. She married John Travolta on September 12, 1991, and they had three children.
Kelly died on July 12, 2020, in Houston, Texas, after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

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John Travolta (12 September 1991 - 12 July 2020) ( her death) ( 3 children)
Kevin Gage (14 December 1985 - 1987) ( divorced)

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Famous Movie Star. Her first child with John Travolta, son Jett Travolta, was born 13 April 1992.
(April 3, 2000) Her second child with John Travolta, daughter Ella Bleu Travolta was born, weighing in at 4.08 kilos (nine pounds).
Was turned down for the role of Emmeline Lestrange in The Blue Lagoon (1980) which went to Brooke Shields. This was Preston's first film audition.
She resided with Charlie Sheen from 1989-1990. She was gunned down by accident in their apartment in 1990.
Attended Pembroke School in Adelaide, South Australia and graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston had two different marriage ceremonies, one week apart. Their first wedding ceremony, conducted on September 5, 1991, officiated by a French Scientologist minister, was found to be unofficial. The subsequent, official ceremony was conducted on September 12. The couple meet in 1987.
Born and raised in Hawaii, except for 15 months at age 5 where she resided in Iraq. Her father was working with the minister of agriculture to improve Iraq's farming conditions.
Although they never married, Charlie Sheen presented Kelly with a 2.5 karat pink diamond engagement ring when he proposed to her in 1989.
Had done most of her own singing in the comedy-drama movie What a Girl Wants (2003).
Discovered by a fashion photographer when she was 16, he helped her get work in commercials and even set up for an audition for Brooke Shields' role in The Blue Lagoon (1980). She did not get the role because she was too sultry.
After her child Jett was diagnosed with "Kawasaki's Syndrome", an illness affecting children, which resulted in severe allergies and asthma attacks, Kelly worked tirelessly on behalf of CHEC, the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents about environmental toxins that can affect children's health and informing them of the many potential health hazards in the environment. Olivia Newton-John is also a CHEC board member.
Studied drama at the University of Southern California and the University of California.

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She and her husband, John Travolta, were members of the Church of Scientology (members are also commonly known as Scientologists).
She had English, Irish, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish, and 1.5/32 Hawaiian, ancestry. Her Hawaiian roots came from her maternal grandmother, Lucille K. Ackerman, who was of almost one quarter Hawaiian descent.
Gave George Clooney his infamous pet pig named Max, which died on December 1, 2006 after it had lived with Clooney for 18 years.
Was among the guests at Tom Cruise's and Katie Holmes' wedding ceremony in Italy.
Eldest son Jett Travolta died on January 2, 2009 of a seizure as a result of Kawasaki Syndrome. He reportedly hit his head in the family's bathtub in their home in the Bahamas.
Daughter of Linda Carlson. Stepdaughter of Lee Carlson.
Half-sister of Chris Palzis.
Adoptive daughter of Peter Palzis, with whose name she began her acting career.
(May 18, 2010) Announced that she is three months pregnant with her third child, with husband John Travolta.
(November 23, 2010) Gave birth to her son Benjamin Hunter Kaleo Travolta, with husband John Travolta, three days early via Caesarean section in a Florida hospital, weighing in at 8 lbs 3 oz.
Had been trying for a baby with her husband John Travolta for three years before conceiving their son Benjamin.
The first celebrity friend of the family to see their newborn son Benjamin was Kirstie Alley; she had been looking after their daughter Ella Bleu Travolta at the time of the birth.
Kelly and her husband, John Travolta, had the distinction of having both starred in movies based on Stephen King novels, where the title of each was a girl's name which began with the letter "C". Kelly starred in Christine (1983), John starred in Carrie (1976).
Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to daughter Ella Bleu Travolta, to begin filming View from the Top (2003).
Returned to work 2 years, 5 months after giving birth to son Benjamin, to begin filming Adopted (2013).
She appeared with Ann-Margret in three films: 52 Pick-Up (1986), A Tiger's Tale (1987) and Old Dogs (2009).
Daughter Ella Bleu Travolta is 10 years, 7 months, and 20 days older than son Benjamin Hunter Kaleo Travolta.
Starred in the music video "She Will Be Loved" by the pop rock band Maroon 5 (2004).
Her middle name, Kamalelehua, meant "garden of lehuas" in Hawaiian. The 'Ohi'a Lehua is a Hawaiian flower.
Kelly Preston passed away on July 12, 2020, three months away from her 58th birthday on October 13. Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes returned to her family.
Personal Quotes (8)
[While speaking to People magazine about John Travolta] Everything about my husband is sexy, especially his lips.
When I married John, I put my career on hold to be a wife and to have a child. Before that I didn't have a fabulous career, but I was working. When I decided to resume acting, I had become Mrs. Travolta in many people's eyes so I had to prove myself all over again.
People have generally been very respectful and we've not been tabloid fodder.
There's the jiggle factor in Hollywood. Once I was at an audition and they told me, "You must show your breasts!" and I was like, get outta town. I just laughed and slammed the door on my way out.
I've wanted to have babies since I was 11. I always babysat. I was making thousands and thousands of dollars doing commercials and still babysitting for $2.50 an hour. Children are our future -- literally. It's such a cliche, but it's so true.
(quoted in Playboy magazine in May 2003) I got caught playing doctor in my grandma's garage, but, you know, it was very minor, just like sticking things in the heinie.
But we ride bikes, we go swimming, you do art projects, you do things as a family. We go to Denny's, my big places to shop are Wal-Mart and Target. Seriously, that's where half of my stuff comes from now. I don't get to go to the super-fancy stores unless I'm out here now. You sort of stay pretty real that way.
I prioritize, I'm a great listmaker and, to try to keep everything organized, I have people who help me out with different things. And just making my kids and my husband come first, keeping us together, is my first priority. And then I fit films into my life.

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Kelly Preston passed away on July 12, 2020 at age 57. She was born on October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii USA. She married John Joseph Travolta.
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In 1962, in the year that Kelly Preston was born, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

In 1974, Kelly was only 12 years old when on August 9th, Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States. He had been Vice President for 8 months when he became President due to the resignation of President Nixon.

In 1982, at the age of 20 years old, Kelly was alive when on September 14th, Princess Grace of Monaco (American actress Grace Kelly), 52, died of injuries when her car plunged off a mountain road. Her 17 year old daughter, Stephanie, was also in the car and suffered serious injuries but recovered. It's believed that the accident was caused when Princess Grace, who was driving, had a mild stroke.

In 1987, Kelly was 25 years old when on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

In 1994, when she was 32 years old, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

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