KELLY Preston is an American actress who is married to Hollywood superstar John Travolta.
But what films has she starred in and are the couple followers of Scientology? Here’s all you need to know…
Who is Kelly Preston?
Kelly Preston is an actress and former model who was born in Hawaii named Kelly Kamalelehua Smith.
As a result of her father’s position with an agricultural firm, Kelly moved to Iraq when she was five years old and also lived several years in Australia as a teenager
While living in Australia, she was discovered by a fashion photographer and began to do commercial modelling aged 16.
Her first film audition was for the part of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon, which ultimately went to Brooke Shields.
What films Kelly Preston starred in?
The star’s career kicked off with her roles in teen comedy films Mischief and Secret Admirer.
She went on to star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in 1988’s Twins and before her most famous role in Avery Bishop in Jerry Maguire alongside Tom Cruise.
The actress starred alongside her husband John Travolta in The Experts (1989) and Battlefield Earth (2000) – but ended up receiving the Worst Supporting Actress at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards for her role.
Kelly is also known for featuring in the music video for Maroon 5’s hit song, She Will Be Loved.
While she has been a spokeswoman for skincare brand, Neutrogena, since 2005.
When did Kelly Preston marry John Travolta?
Kelly and John Travolta met while filming The Experts in 1987 and the tied the knot in 1991.
Their first wedding in Paris was considered invaild because it was performed by a French Scientology minister.
So the pair held a second wedding ceremony in Daytona Beach, Florida just one week later.
Kelly and John have three children; Jett, Ella Bleu and Benjamin.
In 2009, Jett tragically passed away at aged 16 during a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas.
Jett had autism and suffered regular seizures, and his death certificate attributed the cause of death to a seizure.
Is she a Scientologist?
Both Kelly and her husband John are Scientologists, though it is not known when Kelly first joined the religion.
Scientology is based on the teachings of American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
According to their official literature: “Scientology is a religion that offers a precise path leading to a complete and certain understanding of one’s true spiritual nature and one’s relationship to self, family, groups, Mankind, all life forms, the material universe, the spiritual universe and the Supreme Being.”
Kelly has spoken openly about her beliefs in the past and in an interview with Amanda de Cadenet, she said: “In Scientology, we have what’s called ‘auditing,’ and that helps you to address things in your life and to strip them away … It’s a path of spiritual enlightenment. Also, it helps rid the mind of painful experience completely. Through that, the people at my church literally held my hand and got me through … I will forever be indebted.”
While she credited her religion for helping her to cope with the tragic death of her eldest son as she told Health magazine: “To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center. I don’t know if I would have made it through without it.”
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