Kelly Preston Biography


Birthday: October 13, 1962 (Libra)

Born In: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Kelly Preston is an American former model and actress. She has appeared in more than 60 television shows and films combined. She is known for her works in ‘Mischief,’ ‘Twins,’ and ‘Jerry Maguire.’ Born in Hawaii, Kelly had to move to Iraq as a young girl. She then spent a lot of time in Australia. When she returned to Hawaii, she started appearing in commercials and developed an avid interest in acting, which she went on to pursue full-time. In her career, Kelly has worked with some of the most popular names in the industry, including Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Kevin Spacey, Debra Winger, Zooey Deschanel, Hank Azaria, and her husband John Travolta. She has also acted in some critically acclaimed short films, including the ‘Academy’ award-nominated ‘Little Surprises’ in 1996.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Kelly Kamalelehua Smith

Died At Age: 57


Spouse/Ex-: John Travolta (m. 1991), Kevin Gage (m. 1985–1987)

father: Peter Palzis

mother: Linda Carlson

siblings: Chris Palzis (Half brother)

children: Benjamin Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Jett Travolta

Born Country: United States

Models Actresses

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females

Died on: July 12, 2020

place of death: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, United States

Cause of Death: Breast Cancer

U.S. State: Hawaii

City: Honolulu, Hawaii

More Facts

education: University of California - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Punahou School, Pembroke School


Kelly Preston started her career with some commercials and minor roles in television and films. Her first big break came in 1985 when she was signed for the romantic comedy teen flick ‘Mischief’ where she played the role of ‘Marilyn McCauley.’ Later, she was signed for a similar project and played ‘Deborah Ann Fimple’ in the romantic comedy ‘Secret Admirer.’ Over the ensuing years, she appeared in films, such as ‘SpaceCamp’ (1986), ‘Love at Stake’ (1987), ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’ (1987), ‘The Experts’ (1989), and ‘Cheyenne Warrior’ (1994).

In 2000, she appeared in the film ‘Battlefield Earth,’ playing the girlfriend of the protagonist ‘Terl,’ played by her husband John Travolta. Kelly was featured in the ‘Maroon 5’ music video ‘She Will Be Loved’ in 2004. The video topped the chart and was a commercial success. It had Kelly playing the love interest of ‘Maroon 5’ frontman Adam Levine.

Kelly has appeared in over 60 productions across television and films in her career so far. She has worked with some of the most significant figures in the industry. Her notable appearances with popular figures were in projects like ‘Twins’ in 1988 with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ in 1996 with Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney, and Harvey Keitel, ‘Addicted to Love’ in 1997 with Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick, ‘Death Sentence’ with Kevin Bacon in 2007, and ‘Casino Jack’ with Kevin Spacey in 2010. In 2018, she was cast in a biographical crime film titledGotti’ alongside her real-life husband John Travolta.

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Family & Personal Life

Kelly Preston was born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith on October 13, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Her mother was an administrator of a mental health center and her father worked in an agricultural firm. Unfortunately, he drowned when Kelly was just three years old. Later, her mother married Peter Palzis, who adopted Kelly.

She moved to Iraq during her childhood. She then moved to Australia with her family. She attended ‘Pembroke School’ in Adelaide and later went to ‘Punahou School.’ She then enrolled at the ‘University of Southern California’ to study drama.

Kelly Preston got married to actor Kevin Gage in 1985, but the marriage ended in divorce in less than two years. She then dated George Clooney for a year or so. She was then engaged to Charlie Sheen for a short while. In 1991, she married John Travolta, whom she had met on the sets of ‘The Experts.’ Together, they had three children: Jett, Ella Bleu, and Benjamin. Jett Travolta died of a seizure in 2009 when the family was on a vacation in the Bahamas. He had also suffered from ‘Kawasaki disease’ and had autism.

She is an avid supporter of parents and children's rights. She is also very vocal about drug, education, and environment related issues. She loves spending time with her family and kids.

Kelly Preston died of breast cancer on 12 July 2020, at the age of 57.

Kelly Preston Movies

1. Jerry Maguire (1996)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport)

2. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

  (Action, Horror, Crime)

3. Christine (1983)


4. Citizen Ruth (1996)

  (Comedy, Drama)

5. For Love of the Game (1999)

  (Romance, Drama, Sport)

6. Death Sentence (2007)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action)

7. Nothing to Lose (1997)

  (Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime)

8. 10 to Midnight (1983)

  (Drama, Thriller, Crime)

9. Eulogy (2004)

  (Comedy, Drama)

10. Secret Admirer (1985)

  (Comedy, Romance)

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