Kelly Preston

Kelly Preston


10/13/1962, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Birth Name

Kelly Kamalelehua Palzis



Also Known As

Kelly Palzis, Kelly Preston
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Kelly Preston, born and raised in Hawaii, except for 15 months when she was 5, she lived in Iraq. Her father was working with the minister of agriculture to improve Iraq's farming conditions. She went on to graduate from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. When Kelly was 16,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kelly and John's son, Jett, died tragically on January 2nd 2008, after he had a seizure and hit his head when he fell. Jett was found unconscious in the family's holiday house and John performed CPR on him for 20 minutes until paramedics rushed him to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jett had suffered seizures since he was two-years-old.

    • Kelly was a guest at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding.

    • Kelly's height is 5'7" (1.70m).

    • Kelly played the part of Amanda Bynes mother in What a Girl Wants in 2003, and performed all of the singing herself.

    • Kelly took on a role that rendered her almost unrecognizable to her audience, as a brunette lesbian, trying to persuade Laura Dern's title character to have an abortion in the dark comedy Citizen Ruth.

    • Kelly was recognized by critics and audiences for her standout role as a potty-mouthed, unscrupulous sports agent alongside Tom Cruise, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire.

    • Kelly once dated actor George Clooney from 1987-1989.

    • Kelly played a Soviet spy alongside future husband John Travolta in The Experts. The movie was filmed in 1987, but not released in theaters until 1989.

    • Kelly took on a grittier role, in order to avoid being stereotyped as a 'girl-next-door' in 52 Pickup. She played a murder victim whose lover (Roy Sheider) watched her die.

    • Kelly's first leading lady role on the big screen was in the low budget sci-fi fantasy Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared Syn, in 1993.

    • Kelly stopped using the name Kelly Palzis, and took the surname Kelly Preston in 1983. It was then that she landed a spot in prime-time television, playing a flirty teen vamp in NBC's For Love and Honor.

    • Kelly made her big screen debut in late 1982, with a small role in the drama 10 to Midnight.

    • Kelly made her television debut in 1982, while still attending college at USC. She took the role of a troubled teen on the CBS daytime soap opera Capitol.

    • Kelly took an internship at an advertising agency as part of a career exploration program, while still completing high school in Hawaii. She also did volunteer work in a nursery school, and taught basic math and English to immigrants.

    • Charlie Sheen gave Kelly a 2.5 Karat pink diamond engagement ring when he proposed to her in 1989.

    • During the 90's, Kelly put her career on the back burner, to be a devoted wife/mother to John Travolta and their 2 children.

    • Kelly and husband John Travolta have married twice. Their first wedding on September 5, 1991 was declared illegal. The marriage was performed by a French scientologist minister. The couple met in 1989 during the filming of The Experts.

    • Kelly is a member of the CHEC, the Children's Health Environmental Coalition, which is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating parents about environmental toxins that can affect children's health and informing them of the many potential health hazards in the environment.

      She became a member after her son Jett, was dignosed with "Kawasaki's Syndrome", an illness affecting children, which results in severe allergies and asthma attacks.

    • Measurements:
      34B-24-34 (In 1982 while an Elite Agency model)

    • Kelly lived with actor Charlie Sheen from 1989-90. She was accidentally shot in their apartment in 1990.

    • Spouse:
      John Travolta (12 September 1991-present) 2 children.
      Kevin Gage (1986-1988) (divorced).

    • Kelly had a modeling career when she was a teenager.

    • Kelly graduated from Punahou School in 1980.

    • John & Kelly's son, Jett Travolta, was born on April 13, 1992. Their daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta, was born on April 3, 2000.

  • Quotes

    • Kelly: (John & Kelly released the following statement thanking people from Florida for their support after their son Jett died) The enormous amount of love, support and condolence we have received from this community has been most humbling. Comforting words, thoughts and prayers of Ocala's citizens have made an impossibly painful situation a little less painful.

    • Kelly: (following the tragic death of their son Jett in 2009, John & Kelly released the following statement) Jett lit up the lives of everyone he encountered. We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time that we had with him for the rest of our lives.

    • Kelly: I've wanted to have babies since I was 11. I always babysat. I was making thousands and thousands of dollars doing commercials and still babysitting for $2.50 an hour. Children are our future--literally. It's such a cliche, but it's so true.

    • Kelly: (about John Travolta) Everything about my husband is sexy, especially his lips.

    • Kelly: (in 2007) I love everything about being pregnant. You get treated like a princess, and your husband pampers you every minute! I wanted to get pregnant again when our daughter Ella was about four. Then I wanted to keep working for a little while, and now, all of a sudden, she's 7, so I don't know. I'm not pregnant now, and I don't have a film project lined up, either. That's all I'll say!

    • Kelly: Having a sick child really puts your focus on things that matter. Everday annoyances like traffic and such take a back seat when your child is in need. John and I have learned to be thankful for all that we are handed, good and bad, all gifts need to be appreciated...even if they don't seem like gifts at the time.

    • Kelly: I had no problem setting my career aside to take care of my family. If I needed to do so a hundred more times, I wouldn't give it a second thought, family comes first.

    • Kelly: I prioritize, I'm a great list-maker and, to try to keep everything organized, I have people who help me out with different things. And just making my kids and my husband come first, keeping us together, is my first priority. And then I fit films into my life.

    • Kelly: There's the jiggle factor in Hollywood. Once I was at an audition and they told me, 'You must show your breasts!' and I was like, get outta town. I just laughed and slammed the door on my way out.

    • Kelly: When I married John, I put my career on hold to be a wife and to have a child. Before that I didn't have a fabulous career, but I was working. When I decided to resume acting, I had become Mrs. Travolta in many people's eyes so I had to prove myself all over again.