How Did John Travolta Meet Kelly Preston?
February 14, 2012 by staff
How Did John Travolta Meet Kelly Preston?, Kelly Preston (born October 13, 1962) is an American actress and former model.
Preston was born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother, Linda, was an administrator of a mental health center, and her father, who worked for an agricultural firm, drowned when Preston was three years old. Her mother married Peter Palzis, a personnel director, who subsequently adopted her; she used his name when she first began her acting career. She has a younger maternal half-brother, Chris Palzis. As a child, she spent time living in Iraq and Australia.
While living in Australia, she attended Pembroke School in Adelaide, South Australia. She later attended Punahou School and studied drama and theater at the University of Southern California.
Preston was married to actor Kevin Gage from 1985 to 1987. She also had a relationship with George Clooney, who gave her Max, a pet pig that he kept after the couple split up. She was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen in 1990, but ended the relationship shortly after he accidentally shot her in the arm.
Preston first met John Travolta in 1987 while filming The Experts. They married in 1991. Both traveled to Paris on an Air-France Concorde for a wedding ceremony at the Hotel de Crillon (close to the Place de la Concorde), celebrated on September 5, 1991. However, a second ceremony had to be conducted because the first, performed by a French Scientology minister (both Preston and Travolta are Scientologists), was regarded as invalid. The second ceremony took place a week later, on September 12, in Daytona Beach, Florida. They have since had three children: Jett (born April 13, 1992), Ella Bleu (born April 3, 2000) and Benjamin Hunter Kaleo (born November 23, 2010).
On January 2, 2009, their son Jett died while the family was on a holiday vacation in The Bahamas. The cause of his death was attributed to a seizure. Jett reportedly suffered from Kawasaki disease as an infant and had a history of seizures. On September 24, 2009, Travolta and Preston confirmed longstanding speculations when they testified that their son had autism and suffered regular seizures. This revelation came during their testimony at the trial resulting from an extortion attempt related to their son’s death.
On January 23, 2009, three people were arrested in the Bahamas in connection with a multi-million dollar extortion plot against Travolta and Preston around the circumstances of their son’s death. One of the men, Obie Wilchcombe, a member of the Bahamian Parliament and former Bahamian Minister of Tourism, was described as a “close friend” of Travolta and Preston. Two others allegedly involved were an EMT named Tarino Lightbourne and a Bahamian senator named Pleasant Bridgewater. Bridgewater was charged with abetment to extort and conspiracy to extort and resigned from the Senate as a result of the allegations.
In May 2010 Travolta and Preston announced that she was pregnant with the couple’s third child. At age 48 Preston delivered a healthy son, Benjamin Hunter Kaleo, on November 23, 2010.
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