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Overview (3)

Born in Newport Beach, California, USA
Birth NameKelly Ann McGillis
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kelly Ann McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, to Virginia Joan (Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a general practitioner of medicine. She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. McGillis dropped out of high school to pursue a career as an actress, and attended Juilliard in Manhattan and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Art in Santa Monica, CA.

She held a variety of jobs while pursuing her career, such as waitressing, and snagged a few stage roles before landing a supporting part in the Academy Award-nominated Reuben, Reuben (1983). This led to a lot of TV work and a lead role opposite Harrison Ford in the highly acclaimed thriller Witness (1985). This box office hit, directed by Peter Weir, got her noticed around Hollywood and producers took note of her. One of them was Jerry Bruckheimer, who cast her as Charlie Blackwood in the mega-hit Top Gun (1986) which became the highest-grossing film of the year and gave her some major name recognition.

Ironically, that breakthrough role didn't help her career in terms of high-profile work. She played prosecutor Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988) with Jodie Foster who won an Academy Award for her role, but unfortunately for McGillis she was overlooked for any major nomination. Never interested in being box-office gold, she remained loyal to the theater, even after being established as a major star during the mid to late 1980s, taking such various stage roles in such William Shakespeare plays as "The Merchant of Venice", "Don Juan", "Twelfth Night", "The Merry Wives of Windsor", "Mourning Becomes Electra" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream". In 1994 she scored the title role in the Broadway production of "Hedda Gabler" but unfortunately it only played for 33 performances before closing.

She had two daughters in the early 1990s, and worked more sporadically on TV and film so she could spend time with her family and owned her business, a restaurant in Florida. She worked on Winter People (1989), Cat Chaser (1989), The Babe (1992), North (1994), At First Sight (1999) and The Monkey's Mask (2000) as well as a string of made-for-TV films.

She has completed a national stage tour of "The Graduate", playing the infamous Mrs. Robinson, and continues to act as she begins study on Addiction Studies and raising her children in Pennsylvania.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Brad M

Family (4)

Spouse Fred Tillman (1 January 1989 - 2002)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Boyd Black (14 April 1979 - 1981)  (divorced)
Children Kelsey Lauren Tillman
Sonora Ashley Tillman
Parents Virginia Joan McGillis (Snell)
Donald Manson McGillis
Relatives Karen McGillis (sibling)
Kathleen McGillis (sibling)

Trivia (25)

Owner of restaurant Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery in Key West, Florida.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1984" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 36.
Wanted to play the role of "Kathryn Murphy", the district attorney in The Accused (1988), because she and her roommate were assaulted and raped by two men in their apartment in 1982.
Claimed that she was a lonely, overweight adolescent.
Studied at Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and Juilliard.
Daughter of Joan, a homemaker, and Donald, a general practitioner of medicine.
Sisters: Karen (b. July 1959) and Kathleen (b. August 1961).
Was fired from the film Bachelor Party (1984) allegedly because the producers thought she wasn't pretty or sexy enough.
Kelly McGillis actually had to return to employment waiting tables after having been a prominent character in an Oscar nominated film (her first movie, Reuben Reuben).
Auditioned for the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992).
In April, 2009 Kelly McGillis confirmed long-held rumors that she's a lesbian, according to an interview on the website shewired.
Is also a professional counselor, primarily concerning substance abuse.
The New York Times reported that on September 15, 2010, Kelly McGillis and Melanie Leis had a civil union performed in Collingswood, New Jersey, by Judge Robert T. Zane III. Melanie Leis is a sales executive.
Met former partner Melanie Leis in 2000, while McGillis was still married to her second husband Fred Tillman.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 32, a daughter Kelsey Lauren Tillman on May 24, 1990. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Fred Tillman.
Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 35, a daughter Sonora Ashley on April 10, 1993. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Fred Tillman.
Currently working in The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson on Broadway. [November 2004]
Performing on stage as "Mrs. Robinson" in the national touring company of the play "The Graduate." [March 2004]
Collingswood, New Jersey [September 2010]
Touring UK with the stage play "Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune" with Rolf Saxon. [April 2010]
She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and German ancestry.
As of June 2016, now lives in Henderson County, North Carolina.
On Friday June 17, 2016, Ms. McGillis came home and found a woman named Laurence Marie Dorn had entered her house. Dorn attacked McGillis. Dorn was later arrested by Henderson County Deputies and charged with second degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communications. In May 2017, Dorn was found guilty of misdemeanor breaking and entering and sentenced to 18 months of probation.
She lost out on the role of Madame de Tourvel twice. The first time was in 1987 in the stage drama "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" with other American actors Glenn Close and Kevin Spacey, where they would have replaced the acclaimed English cast, but the show closed since producers feared soft box-office because of the cast change. (This was before Close and Spacey became household names.) The second time was in 1988 in the film Dangerous Liaisons (1988) when film critic Pauline Kael talked the film's director Stephen Frears into dropping McGillis in favor of Michelle Pfeiffer, who earned an Academy Award nomination, as did Close who was cast this time, because of her star-making performance in Fatal Attraction (1987).
Born at 3:47PM (PDT).

Personal Quotes (4)

Love isn't intellectual - it's visceral.
I think it's sad that movies and television have caused the theatre to fade as a popular art form. I hope to get young people into the theatre and expose them to Shakespeare.
For a long time I thought I could deal with my anger and hostility on my own. But I couldn't. I denied that it had affected me, and yet I was so frantic on the inside with other people: I needed to be constantly reassured. It wasn't until I started seeing myself self-destructing that I realized I needed help. To realize how angry I was and to ask for help -- those were the stepping stones. There's a part of me that wants to be stoic and very strong. I had to realize that the attack wasn't directed at me, as Kelly. It was random. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. That was the first step toward getting rid of all those hostile feelings I had about it. Still, when you're a victim of a violent crime -- when somebody has taken control over your life, if only for a moment -- I don't think you ever fully recover. - Speaking about her reactions to being raped.
I'm old and I'm fat and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about. But... I'd much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.

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