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Born: January 31, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Golden Valley, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, disco dancer, model, stewardess

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Kelly Lynch was an American actress who enjoyed a highly diverse career, from action blockbusters to independent film landmarks. Born on January 31, 1959 in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Lynch was a college dropout who briefly worked as a flight attendant. Luckily, she was noticed by a modeling agent, and scored a contract with the Elite modeling agency. After a few years in the modeling game, Lynch decided to become serious about acting, and studied with the legendary instructor Sanford Meisner. Though Lynch got her big break with a role in the charming Tom Cruise vehicle "Cocktail" (1988), it would prove to be 1989 during which Lynch would make an indelible mark on cinema. That year, she appeared in the lovably absurd Patrick Swayze action film "Road House" (1989), as well as Gus Van Sant's crime drama "Drugstore Cowboy," which earned Lynch an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. After appearing in John Hughes' final directorial effort, "Curly Sue" (1992), and notoriously turning down what would become Sharon Stone's most iconic role in "Basic Instinct" (1992), Lynch got married to producer/director Mitch Glazer. She earned another Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role in "The...

Kelly Lynch was an American actress who enjoyed a highly diverse career, from action blockbusters to independent film landmarks. Born on January 31, 1959 in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Lynch was a college dropout who briefly worked as a flight attendant. Luckily, she was noticed by a modeling agent, and scored a contract with the Elite modeling agency. After a few years in the modeling game, Lynch decided to become serious about acting, and studied with the legendary instructor Sanford Meisner. Though Lynch got her big break with a role in the charming Tom Cruise vehicle "Cocktail" (1988), it would prove to be 1989 during which Lynch would make an indelible mark on cinema. That year, she appeared in the lovably absurd Patrick Swayze action film "Road House" (1989), as well as Gus Van Sant's crime drama "Drugstore Cowboy," which earned Lynch an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. After appearing in John Hughes' final directorial effort, "Curly Sue" (1992), and notoriously turning down what would become Sharon Stone's most iconic role in "Basic Instinct" (1992), Lynch got married to producer/director Mitch Glazer. She earned another Independent Spirit Award nomination for her role in "The Beans of Egypt, Maine" (1994), before embarking on an impressive and consistent run of film roles in such releases as "Virtuosity" (1995), "Heaven's Prisoners" (1996), "Mr. Magoo" (1997), "Charlie's Angels" (2000), "Joe Somebody" (2001), and "The Jacket" (2005). Soon, television beckoned: from 2004 until 2009, Lynch portrayed Ivan Aycock on the lesbian-themed dramedy "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-2009), before joining the cast of the rebooted "Beverly Hills, 90210" (The CW, 2008-2013) in 2010. Lynch was finally able to collaborate with her husband, Mitch Glazer, in 2012, on the 1950s-set gangster drama series "Magic City" (Starz, 2012-13). In 2017, Lynch took on perhaps her darkest role yet, playing an agoraphobic widow in an incestuous relationship with her son, in "Mr. Mercedes" (AT&T Audience Network, 2017-), a series created by David E. Kelley, based on a novel by Stephen King.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rock the Kasbah (2015)
2.
 Frontier, The (2015)
3.
 Glass Chin (2014)
4.
 Dark Desire (2012)
5.
 Kaboom (2011)
7.
 Passion Play (2011)
10.
 At Last (2006)
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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
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)
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"
1985:
Film acting debut (as title character) in "Osa"
1988:
First role in a major feature, "Bright Lights, Big City"
1991:
Starred in the John Hughes comedy "Curly Sue" with James Belushi
2005:
Cast in "Dallas 362," the directorial debut of Scott Caan
2005:
Cast in the thriller "The Jacket" with Adrien Brody
1989:
Garnered attention for her performance as Matt Dillon's junkie wife in "Drugstore Cowboy"
1989:
Co-starred in action classic "Road House"
2004:
Co-starred on "The L Word"
2012:
Appeared in the 1950s mob drama "Magic City"
2017:
Co-starred in "Mr. Mercedes"
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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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