Kelly Preston

13th October 1962 - 14th October 2020 (58 Years)


1. Early Life

1.1 Childhood 1.2 University

2. Middle Life

2.1 Marriage 2.1 Marriage


3.2 Teaching 3.2 Sickness

Early Life

Kelly Kamalelehua Smith (October 13, 1962 – July 12, 2020), known professionally as Kelly Preston, was an American actress and model. She appeared in more than 60 television and film productions, including Mischief (1985), Twins (1988), Jerry Maguire (1996), and For Love of the Game (1999). She was married to John Travolta, with whom she collaborated on the comedy film The Experts (1989) and the biographical film Gotti (2018). She also starred in the films SpaceCamp (1986), The Cat in the Hat (2003), What a Girl Wants (2003), Sky High (2005), and Old Dogs (2009).

Adult Life

While living in Australia, Preston was discovered at age 16 by a fashion photographer who helped her get work in commercials and other small parts.[8] He arranged her first film audition for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which she lost to the younger Brooke Shields.[14] At that time she changed her last name to Preston.[15]

Her first prominent film roles came in 1985—first as Marilyn McCauley in romantic comedy teen flick Mischief; then as the beautiful but shallow Deborah Ann Fimple in another teen romantic comedy, Secret Admirer. Her other roles included SpaceCamp (1986), Twins[16] (1988) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire (1996) with Tom Cruise, Jane Aubrey in For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kate Newell, and in Holy Man (1998) with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum. In 1997, she starred in Nothing to Lose, which co-starred Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence, although Lawrence and Preston did not receive screen credit. She also starred in the movie Jack Frost (1998).

Preston played the girlfriend of her husband John Travolta's character Terl in the film Battlefield Earth (2000),[17] and received "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards for her role in the film.[18] She appeared as the protagonist's flying, superhero mother in the film Sky High (2005).[19]

Late Life

Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage from 1985 until their divorce in 1987.[25] She also had a relationship with George Clooney in the late 1980s.[25][8] She was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1990,[8][26] but ended the relationship shortly after he allegedly shot her in the arm.[26][27] In a 2011 interview with TMZ, Preston said that Sheen did not shoot her.[28] Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts.[29] They married in 1991, traveling to Paris on an Air France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon (on the Place de la Concorde) on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony was required because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta were Scientologists), was considered invalid. The second ceremony took place on September 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.[30] Preston and Travolta had three children: son Jett (April 13, 1992 – January 2, 2009), daughter Ella Bleu (born April 3, 2000)[31], and a second son, born 2010.[32][33] Preston remained a Scientologist until her death.[34]


On July 12, 2020, Preston died at the age of 57 in Clearwater, Florida,[45] two years after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.[46][47][48][49] Her diagnosis was not widely publicized.[46] Preston had been receiving treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; she had also been treated at other medical centers.[50][51] Her death was announced in an Instagram post under an account belonging to John Travolta and Ella Bleu.[52]

Community Contributions

Community Contributions



October 13, 1962 Holululu


October 14, 2020 (aged 58) Clearwater Florida

Cause of death

Breast Cancer

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