- Title: Actress Kelly Preston, wife of John Travolta, dies of breast cancer at 57
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - MARCH 30, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ACTOR JOHN TRAVOLTA AND WIFE KELLY PRESTON POSING FOR PICTURES TRAVOLTA SPEAKING TO REPORTER (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR, JOHN TRAVOLTA, SAYING: "Kelly would actually bring her girlfriends over to have me do Shapiro. She was so entertained by my interpretation that she one day woke me up and said, 'come on, do Robert for them.' I said, 'oh, gosh, honey, I'm so." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTRESS, KELLY PRESTON, SAYING: "He was exhausted." CANNES, FRANCE (FILE - MAY 23, 2014) (REUTERS) "PULP FICTION" ACTOR JOHN TRAVOLTA AND WIFE ACTRESS, KELLY PRESTON, POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AS THEY ARRIVE ON RED CARPET AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS SINCE PULP FICTION WON THE PALME D'OR VARIOUS OF TRAVOLTA, "PULP FICTION" DIRECTOR QUENTIN TARANTINO AND ACTRESS UMA THURMAN AND PRESTON ON RED CARPET BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - JUNE 12, 2018) (REUTERS) TRAVOLTA EATING PIZZA, STANDING NEXT TO PRESTON TRAVOLTA DANCING NEXT TO PRESTON PRESTON AND TRAVOLTA EATING PIZZA LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - NOVEMBER 9, 2009) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) TRAVOLTA WITH HIS WIFE KELLY PRESTON AND DAUGHTER ELLA BLEU TRAVOLTA
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- Keywords: Actress Breast Cancer Hollywood Jerry Maguire John Travolta Kelly Preston
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- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film
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- Story Text: American actress Kelly Preston who has appeared in films including "Jerry Maguire" and "Twins," has died aged 57 after battling breast cancer for nearly two years, her husband, John Travolta, announced in an Instagram post late on Sunday (July 12).
"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," the 66-year-old "Grease" actor said in his post.
Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, she changed her name to Kelly Preston before securing her first film role in the 1985 romcom "Mischief," then appeared in another teen comedy, "Secret Admirer."
Travolta, star of the hit dance movies "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease," met Preston in 1988 when they appeared together in a film called "The Experts." They married on Sept. 5, 1991, in Paris.
Preston is survived by her husband and their children - daughter Ella, 20, and 9-year-old son Benjamin. Their son Jett died at age 16 in January 2009 during a family vacation in the Bahamas.
"I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you," her daughter, Ella Travolta, wrote in a tribute posted on Instagram.
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