Kelly Preston

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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 until 1984. 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. While living in Australia, Preston was discovered at 16 by a fashion photographer who helped her get work in commercials and other small parts, and organised Preston's first film audition in 1980 for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), which she lost to Brooke Shields. At that time she changed her last name to Preston.
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