I remember seeing Kelly Preston for the first time on some of my favorite 1980’s TV shows: CHiPs, Blue Thunder, and Tales from the Crypt – I didn’t know who she was at that time, but she was a face you couldn’t forget. Then the next time I saw her was on an 1988 comedy film that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito about genetically created twins who were separated at birth. She aged like fine wine – but apparently, that wine had some secrets – and she passed on July 12, 2020 due to breast cancer.
Kelly Kamalelehua Smith, better known by her stage name Kelly Preston, wasborn on October 13, 1962. She was an American actress, former model, and has appeared in more than sixty television and film productions. Her most notable films have been the afformentioned “Twins”, “Mischief”, “Space Camp’, “Jerry Maguire”, “For The Love of the Game”, “Sky High”, and many more.
She was in the music video of Maroon 5’s smash hit “She Will Be Loved“.
She’s also married to John Travolta, in a marriage that seems to be still going strong and have weathered storms throughout the years. It comes as a huge shock to her fans that she had breast cancer. She was only 57 years old.
“Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends,” the family representative said in a statement that Preston died following a two-year battle with breast cancer. “She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”
In a post to Instagram, John Travolta says: It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer. She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. My family and I will forever be grateful to her doctors and nurses at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that have helped, as well as her many friends and loved ones who have been by her side. Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered. I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.
All my love, JT