Kelly Preston Biography

Kelly Preston is an American former model and actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Kelly Preston
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Birthday: October 13, 1962

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Kelly Kamalelehua Smith

Born in: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Famous as: Actress, Model

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


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

U.S. State: Hawaii

City: Honolulu, Hawaii

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education: University of Southern California

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Kelly Preston is an American former model and actress who has appeared in over sixty television shows and films combined. She is popularly known for her works in ‘Mischief’, ‘Twins’ and in ‘Jerry Maguire’ alongside Tom Cruise. Born in Hawaii, Kelly had to move to Iraq as a young girl because of family reasons and then spent a lot of time in Australia. When she returned to Hawaii, she started appearing in commercials and apparently developed an avid interest in acting which she went to on 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.

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Kelly Preston
  • 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’ for the role of ‘Marilyn McCauley’. Later she was signed for a similar project in the romantic comedy, ‘Secret Admirer,’ as ‘Deborah Ann Fimple’. 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’ which was played by her husband John Travolta. Kelly was featured in Maroon 5 music video ‘She Will Be Loved’ in 2004, the video topped the chart and was commercially a success. It portrayed Kelly in a love relationship with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
  • Kelly has appeared in over sixty productions across television and films in her career so far, and has worked with some of the most significant figures in the industry. Her notable appearances with popular figures include ‘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.
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Personal Life
  • Kelly Preston was born as Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. on October 13, 1962. 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 in her childhood and then to Australia with her family. She attended the 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 less than two years in a divorce. She then dated George Clooney for a year or so and was also got 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 the ‘Kawasaki disease’ and had autism.
  • She is an avid supporter of parents and children's rights, and also very vocal about drug, education, and environment related issues. She loves spending time with her family and kids.

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. Death Sentence (2007)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action)

6. 10 to Midnight (1983)

  (Drama, Thriller, Crime)

7. Nothing to Lose (1997)

  (Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime)

8. For Love of the Game (1999)

  (Romance, Drama, Sport)

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