When John Travolta introduced that his spouse, actress Kelly Preston, died from breast most cancers Monday morning, many merely remembered her as simply that: his spouse.
However the 57-year-old mom of three had a prolific and decadeslong appearing profession of her personal — which noticed her seem in more than 70 films and TV exhibits alongside Hollywood greats equivalent to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” Kevin Costner in “For Love of the Sport” and Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire.”
Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu on Oct. 13, 1962, Preston started her foray into present enterprise on the age of 20 when she was forged as a troubled teen on CBS’s daytime cleaning soap opera “Capitol” in 1982 whereas nonetheless going by the moniker Kelly Palzis, which is her adoptive father’s final identify.
Preston took the identify after her beginning father drowned when she was three years previous and her mom, Linda, remarried Peter Palzis.
After dwelling in Iraq, Preston and her household moved to Australia the place she was found at 16 by a trend photographer, which led to modeling gigs and commercials. Little did she know, the gifted teen had additionally already come neck-and-neck with one other future Hollywood heavyweight, Brooke Shields, whereas auditioning for the a part of Emmeline within the 1980 hit “The Blue Lagoon.”
After returning to the US, Preston completed highschool in Hawaii and wound up learning appearing on the College of Southern California, nevertheless, she later dropped out.
Preston made her movie debut within the 1983 thriller “10 to Midnight” starring Charles Bronson, by which she performed a university pupil. She adopted that up with a scene-stealing function in John Carpenter’s adaptation of Stephen King’s hot-rod thriller “Christine” the identical 12 months.
Quickly after, Preston went on to land a string of stripling rom-com roles together with her first distinguished gig as Marilyn McCauley, the romantic love curiosity in 1985’s “Mischief,” then starring as Deborah Anne Fimple, a stunning however dim-witted teen in “Secret Admirer” alongside Lori Loughlin, adopted by “SpaceCamp” in 1986 taking part in a ditzy lady with a photographic reminiscence named Tish.
By 1988, she was displaying off her underrated comedy chops in Ivan Reitman’s “Twins” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Preston then met Travolta whereas filming 1989’s “The Specialists,” however solely after courting a queue of A-list celebrities, together with Charlie Sheen (who by accident shot her within the arm in 1990) and George Clooney.
The 2 married on the Lodge de Crillon in Paris on Sept. 5, 1991 throughout a ceremony officiated by a French Scientology minister. To today, the pair are thought-about two of Scientology’s most well-known members.
In 1996, Preston landed what’s well known as her most notable function as Avery Bishop in “Jerry Maguire,” starring Tom Cruise and directed by Cameron Crowe.
In a very iconic scene, Preston, who performs Cruise’s girlfriend within the movie, punches Cruise within the face 3 times.
She went on to seem in different recognizable films within the late ’90s and early 2000s equivalent to “Nothing to Lose,” “Jack Frost” and because the girlfriend of Travolta’s character Terl in “Battlefield Earth.”
All through the 2000s she starred in movies equivalent to “The Cat within the Hat” (2003), “What a Lady Needs” (2003), “Damaged Bridges” (2006) and “Previous Canines” (2009) and nabbed a number of bit components in TV exhibits equivalent to “Joey” starring Matt LeBlanc, “Medium” and “CSI: Cyber.”
Main as much as her battle with breast most cancers, Preston collaborated once more with her husband in 2018 whereas appearing in “Gotti,” based mostly on the lifetime of Gambino mob boss John Gotti, performed by Travolta. Preston performed his spouse, Victoria Gotti.
“We have now the friendship and we now have the rapport, so you’ll be able to see the intimacy,” Preston instructed ET of her expertise appearing with her husband within the movie. “I checked out him and the way in which he checked out me was so utterly . . . I felt like I was in John Gotti’s arms. It despatched chills.”
She added, “For us to be in a film the place we’re taking part in different individuals is a lot enjoyable, and that’s what we type of reside for — to have that inventive expertise collectively,” Travolta, 66, added.
The damaged up husband posted a tribute to his spouse early Monday on Instagram saying that “my stunning spouse Kelly has misplaced her two-year battle with breast most cancers. She fought a brave battle with the love and assist of so many.”
The mom left behind 20-year-old daughter Ella and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Preston and Travolta had one other son, Jett, who in 2009 died of a seizure on the age of 16 throughout a household trip within the Bahamas.
Simply earlier than her demise, Preston had starred reverse Judi Dench within the film “Off the Rails” about 4 pals re-creating an inter-rail journey throughout Europe, which is presently in post-production, in accordance with IMDB.