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Kelly Preston Biography

Birth Name:
Kelly Kamalelehua Smith
Birth Place:
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was discovered by a photographer at the age of 16, which led to work in commercials
  • First film audition was for the role of Emmeline in 1980's The Blue Lagoon; she lost the part to Brooke Shields
  • Married actor John Travolta in 1991 (whom she'd first met in 1987 on the set of The Experts) in a Scientology ceremony in France, but had to renew vows in an additional wedding ceremony in Daytona Beach due to legality issues
  • In 1996, appeared in breakthrough roles in the feature films Jerry Maguire and Citizen Ruth
  • Appeared in the 2004 Maroon 5 music video for "She Will Be Loved
  • " Son Jett died from a seizure 2009 at age 16; after his death, Preston and Travolta established the Jett Travolta Foundation, which provides assistance to children with special needs
  • Lost 42 pounds in 14 months after giving birth to her son Benjamin in 2010; credits the Organic Liaison weight-loss program and extended breastfeeding for her success