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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 31, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, model, disco dancer, stewardess

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Blonde former model turned self-proclaimed character actress in films and TV of the late 1980s and 90s. Lynch made her acting debut as the titular character in the straight-to-video sci-fi quickie, "Osa" (1985) while pregnant with her daughter, Shane. She turned up again in 1988 in a bit part in "Bright Lights, Big City" and a larger role as the nymphomaniac wife of Bryan Brown in the Tom Cruise vehicle, "Cocktail". She received more attention playing opposite Patrick Swayze in the action flick, "Road House" (1989). Lynch attracted serious critical attention with a moving, resolutely unglamorous performance as the junkie wife of Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's moody, picaresque "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989). She subsequently appeared as the love-struck attorney of Mickey Rourke in Michael Cimino's remake, "Desperate Hours" (1990) and John Hughes' family comedy, "Curley Sue" (1991). Lynch was better served by the unconventional romantic comedy, "Three of Hearts" (1993). Co-scripted by her husband, Mitch Glazer, and co-starring Sherilyn Fenn and William Baldwin, the film depicted a triangle involving two female lovers and a male escort. Lynch also appeared in a 1993 French co-production, "For Better and For...

Blonde former model turned self-proclaimed character actress in films and TV of the late 1980s and 90s. Lynch made her acting debut as the titular character in the straight-to-video sci-fi quickie, "Osa" (1985) while pregnant with her daughter, Shane. She turned up again in 1988 in a bit part in "Bright Lights, Big City" and a larger role as the nymphomaniac wife of Bryan Brown in the Tom Cruise vehicle, "Cocktail". She received more attention playing opposite Patrick Swayze in the action flick, "Road House" (1989).

Lynch attracted serious critical attention with a moving, resolutely unglamorous performance as the junkie wife of Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's moody, picaresque "Drugstore Cowboy" (1989). She subsequently appeared as the love-struck attorney of Mickey Rourke in Michael Cimino's remake, "Desperate Hours" (1990) and John Hughes' family comedy, "Curley Sue" (1991). Lynch was better served by the unconventional romantic comedy, "Three of Hearts" (1993). Co-scripted by her husband, Mitch Glazer, and co-starring Sherilyn Fenn and William Baldwin, the film depicted a triangle involving two female lovers and a male escort. Lynch also appeared in a 1993 French co-production, "For Better and For Worse/R.S.V.P.", a whimsical comedy featuring the Pope deciding to attend the wedding of a troubled couple so as to brighten his own public image.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frontier, The (2014)
2.
 Glass Chin (2014)
3.
 Dark Desire (2012)
4.
 Passion Play (2011)
6.
 Kaboom (2010)
9.
 At Last (2006)
10.
 Visitation, The (2006)
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Performed in the local Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis MN
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Worked directing at Guthrie Theater as apprentice
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Moved to New York City
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Worked as a disco dancer and taught dancing at Arthur Murray dance studios
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Was a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines
1979:
At age 20 was in a head-on automobile accident that crushed her legs and took a year's recovery during which time she became addicted to painkillers (date approximate)
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Modeled with New York's Elite Agency
1985:
Film acting debut (as title character) in "Osa"
1988:
First role in a major feature, "Bright Lights, Big City"
1989:
Garnered attention for her performance as Matt Dillon's junkie wife in "Drugstore Cowboy"
1991:
Starred in the John Hughes comedy "Curly Sue" with James Belushi
1993:
Co-starred with William Baldwin and Sherilyn Fenn in the romantic comedy "Three of Hearts"
1995:
Starred opposite Denzel Washington in the sci-fi thriller "Virtuosity"
1998:
Cast opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Hank Azaria in "Homegrown" written and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
2000:
Featured in "Charlie's Angels" starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu; based on the popular 70's TV show
2005:
Cast in the thriller "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody
2005:
Cast in "Dallas 362," the directorial debut of Scott Caan
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Education

The Guthrie Workshop: -

Notes

"I was in a career [modeling] where the women make ten times the money the men do. I'd be in an Armani gown and there would be eight guys as props, and I'd be asked, 'Which one do you want on your arm?' It was interesting because in life it's the other way for women. Subsequently, I've felt empowered by that. I think it takes someone really grounded to model and not feel like last week's barbecue. You're meat. People look at your legs and inspect your teeth. It's like the 4-H show and you're one of the cows."---Kelly Lynch to DETAILS, December 1991.

"Since her breakthrough in "Drugstore Cowboy" in 1989, Lynch has been able to turn DOWN choice parts--including the million dollar role in "Basic Instinct" that eventually went to Sharon Stone."

"`It wasn't sexy,' she says of the controversial Joe Eszterhaus script. `In order for me to be sexy (on screen), it has to be sexy to me. I thought it was something that teen-age guys were going to like.'" --From "Kelly Prefers Brains" by Matthew Flamm, NEW YORK POST, May 3, 1993.

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husband:
Mitch Glazer. Screenwriter. Co-scripted "Scrooged" (1988) and "Three of Hearts" (1993).

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sister:
Robin Lynch.
daughter:
Shane Lynch. Born c. 1985; father was an East Coast musician.

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