Kelly McGillis is a well-known American actress who dominated in the movie industry in the 1980 's. Besides the movie industry, she has done well in the TV and stage performances too. She was born in Newport Beach, California. She worked with famous male actors including the likes of Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise and Jodie Foster. These feature movies have over time earned her Golden Globe awards and numerous nominations including the prestigious BAFTA nomination.
Kelly has been married twice and both marriages ending in divorce. She has two daughters through her second marriage and in 2010 she came out to the public that she was a lesbian. The actress is also involved in voluntary work where she helps youths who have drug and alcohol problems to get clean ad live normal lives.
How old is Kelly McGillis now? Kelly McGillis actually just turned 62 years old. She was born in July, 1957. Her mother was Virginia Joan who was solely responsible for bringing order at home and seeing to the upbringing of the children. Her father was Dr Donald Manson McGillis, a seasoned medical practitioner. Dr McGillis was of Scottish-Irish descent whilst Kelly’s mother of German and partly Welsh descent.
Kelly grew up in Los Angeles. She attended her high school at Allan Hancock College. She studied Performing Arts whilst at high school. After high school, at the turn of the year 1975, she studied acting at the famous Juilliard School located in New York, completing her course in 1983.
Does Kelly McGillis have a daughter? Kelly McGillis has two daughters with her ex-husband. The two got divorced in 2002.
Where does Kelly Live?
As for now Kelly resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina. She enjoys the sunny weather there and the tranquillity of her leafy suburb residence which she says takes her back to her younger years.
McGillis started acting in a 1983 movie titled Reuben, Reuben. The role that created her breakthrough was that of an Amish mother in the 1985 movie “Witness” which also featured Harrison Ford. Kelly’s next big movie occurred a year after the “Witness” was released in 1986. Her role was that of Charlie, a flight instructor and the movie was titled “Top Gun”. She was in the same cast with Tom Cruise. In 1987, she took part in a fantasy-comedy movie “Made in Heaven”. In 1988, she co-starred with Jeff Daniels in the movie; “The House on Carroll Street” which she acted as an eavesdropper who overheard a conversation between suspicious people who happened to live next door to her and who wanted to bring Nazis into America.
In 1988,she took part in the movie entitled the “Accused” in which the producers had initially approached her to act the part of a young girl who was raped but she refused citing that she didn’t have to repeat on screen what was actually done to her in real life. She was later given the role of a prosecutor in that movie.
In 1999, Kelly once again acted with Val Kilmer. The two had previously acted together in “Top Gun” and they again starred in the movie titled “At Fight Sight” in which Kelly acted as a protective sister of Kilmer. In 2000, she also appeared in the movie “The Monkey’s Mask” which was based on a novel by Dorothy Porter which had the same name as that of the movie. She portrayed the role of a woman who was suspected in a case which involved the disappearance of a young woman.
She also took part in soaps including the 1984 “One Life to Live”. Kelly’s roles included narrating for some movies and some of them include “Santabear's First Christmas” and “Out of Ireland” in 1995 which was a documentary for PBS.
Besides the movie and TV industry, Kelly was also involved in stage performances too. She performed in a show that was directed by John Bletchley called “Love of Love” by William Congreve. From the 1980’s to the 2000’s, Kelly took part in numerous shows at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. In 2004, she played Mrs Robinson in the stage play; The Graduate, which was a tour in the United States. Some of her finest stage works from 1982 to 199 include the plays like Don Juan, The Merchant of Venice, Mourning becomes Electra and Measure for Measure among many others.
In 1979, Kelly got married to Boyd Black who was her fellow student at Juilliard College but their marriage did not last long as they got separated in 1981. In 1989, she got married to Fred Tillman and, again, their marriage was not meant to last forever as they got divorced in 2002. Kelly McGillis and Fred had two children together. In 2009, during the course of an interview being conducted by SheWired a television show, she admitted that she was a lesbian and she was now not into men.
In 2010, Kelly and Melanie Leis got together under a civil union. The two met in 2000 in a bar that was owned by Kelly and her ex-husband Fred when Melanie was still a bartender. The two had a home in Collingswood together. Kelly and Melanie’s union did not last long as it got annulled in 2011. For now, the actress is single. Kelly also worked full time at a rehab center in New Jersey helping out Drug addicts and alcoholics.
Kelly’s net worth is around $ 7.5 million. Most of her income came from her successful career in acting. Besides acting she is a teacher in schools for performing arts.