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Also Known As: Kelly Kamalelehua Palzis Died:
Born: October 13, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA Profession: actor, model

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Casino Jack (2010)
2.
 Last Song, The (2010)
3.
 Old Dogs (2009)
4.
5.
 Death Sentence (2007)
6.
 Broken Bridges (2006)
7.
 Sky High (2005) Josie Jetstream
8.
 Eulogy (2004) Lucy Collins
9.
 What a Girl Wants (2003) Libby Reynolds
10.
 View From the Top (2001) Sherry
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Milestones close milestones

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Spent two years in Australia during her teens, where she first appeared in TV commercials
1980:
Moved to Los Angeles to study at USC
1982:
First regular TV appearance in the CBS daytime serial, "Capitol" (billed as Kelly Palzis)
1982:
Made film debut in "10 to Midnight" (billed as Kelly Palzis)
1983:
Cast as a series regular on NBC's "For Love and Honor" (first billing as Kelly Preston)
1986:
Co-starred in "SpaceCamp"; met future husband Kevin Gage (since divorced)
1987:
Met future husband John Travolta while starring in "The Experts" (released in 1989)
1988:
Displayed comedic talents in "Twins"
1991:
TV-movie debut, "The Perfect Bride" (USA Network)
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"
1997:
Appeared as Matthew Broderick's ex-girlfriend in "Addicted to Love"
1998:
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum in "Holy Man"
1998:
Played the female lead in "Jack Frost"
1999:
Co-starred in Billy Bob Thornton's "Daddy and Me"
1999:
Cast as Kevin Costner's leading lady in "For Love of the Game"
2000:
Played the girlfriend of her husband's character in "Battlefield Earth"
2003:
Along with Gwyneth Paltrow, co-starred in the feature "View From The Top"
2003:
Played the mother to Amanda Bynes' character in "What a Girl Wants"
2004:
Cast in a two-episode story arc on NBC's "Joey" playing the best friend of Joey's sister (Drea de Matteo)
2004:
Starred in the black comedy "Eulogy" which follows three generations of a family, who come together for the funeral of the patriarch
2005:
Co-starred with Kurt Russell in Walt Disney's teen comedy "Sky High" as the flying superhero mom Josie Jetstream
2007:
Played Kevin Bacon's wife in the psychological thriller "Death Sentence"
2008:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "Medium"
2009:
Co-starred with Robin Williams and husband John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs"
2010:
Played the wife of lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff (played by Kevin Spacey) in "Casino Jack"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Punahou School: Honolulu , Hawaii -

Notes

Not to be confused with the model of the same name who married actor Lou Diamond Phillips

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Kevin Gage. Actor. Married c. 1985; divorced c. 1987; appeared in "SpaceCamp".
companion:
George Clooney. Actor. Together c. 1987-89.
companion:
Charlie Sheen. Actor. Briefly engaged in 1989; suffered accidental gunshot wound in 1990 reportedly when she moved a pair of jeans belonging to Sheen which had a gun in one of the pockets; later sold 2.5 carat engagement ring Sheen gave her and split the money with him.
husband:
John Travolta. Actor. Married on September 5, 1991 in Paris by a French Scientologist minister; remarried on September 12, 1991 in Daytona Beach, Florida as marriage in France was not legal; met while filming "The Experts" in 1987.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Peter Palzis. Personnel director. Adoptive father; divorced Preston's mother c. 1976.
mother:
Linda Carlson. Mental health administrator.
step-father:
Lee Carlson.
half-brother:
Chris Palzis. Production assistant, screenwriter. Born c. 1968.
son:
Jett Travolta. Born on April 13, 1992 in Daytona Beach, Florida; father, John Travolta.
daughter:
Ella Bleu Travolta. Born on April 3, 2000.
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