Kelly McGillis

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Kelly McGillis
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Born Kelly Ann McGillis
July 9, 1957 (age 60)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Alma mater
Occupation
Years active 1983–present
Notable work Filmography
Spouse(s) Boyd Black (m. 1979; div. 1981)
Fred Tillman (m. 1989; div. 2002)
Partner(s) Melanie Leis (2010–2011) civil union, annulled
Children 2
Website Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery

Kelly Ann McGillis is an American actress. She has appeared in several films since the 1980s including: her role as Rachel Lapp in Witness (1985) with Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, the role of Charlie in Top Gun (1986) with Tom Cruise, and the role of attorney Kathryn Murphy in The Accused (1988).[1]

Early life[edit]

McGillis was born July 9, 1957, in Newport Beach, California, the daughter of Virginia Joan (née Snell), a homemaker, and Dr. Donald Manson McGillis, a doctor.[2][3]

McGillis was raised in Los Angeles, and attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California.[4] After graduating from high school in 1975, she moved to New York City to study acting at the Juilliard School,[5] where she graduated in 1983, Group 12.[4][6]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Her breakout role was that of an Amish mother in the 1985 film Witness with Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA award nominations. Her next high-profile role was that of flight instructor Charlie in the 1986 fighter-pilot film Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.[7]

In 1987, McGillis acted in the fantasy-comedy film Made in Heaven, directed by Alan Rudolph, which was produced by Lorimar Productions. The film also co-stars Oscar winner Timothy Hutton.[8]

McGillis played the part of caretaker for Miss Venable (Jessica Tandy) in 1988's The House on Carroll Street, which also starred Jeff Daniels, she overhears a suspicious conversation in the house next door and suspects that she's stumbled on a conspiracy to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the United States.[9]

After 1988's The Accused, she appeared in Cat Chaser with Peter Weller, a film she despised and which discouraged her from pursuing an acting career.[10][11] McGillis appeared in dozens of television and film roles throughout the 1990s before taking a break from acting for a few years.

McGillis played the part of Babe Ruth's second wife, Claire Merritt Ruth, in The Babe (film) (1992). From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, McGillis appeared in Winter People (1989), and North (1994), her 2nd Amish part in television or film, as well as several made-for-TV films.

In 1999, McGillis co-starred with Val Kilmer (who plays Virgil, a blind man), for a second time as his over protective sister in At First Sight.[12]

She played the suspect in the disappearance of a young woman starring Susie Porter in The Monkey's Mask, an international lesbian cult film from 2000. The film is based on the verse novel of the same name by Australian poet Dorothy Porter.[13]

Television[edit]

McGillis' early television roles included a part on the daytime soap One Life to Live in 1984.

She also starred in television movies with Alec Baldwin in 1984's Sweet Revenge, which was re-titled at some point.

Other televion films during 1980s included Private Sessions in 1985, and as a narrator in Santabear's First Christmas. She also narrated for PBS the documentary Out of Ireland in 1995.

Stage[edit]

While at Juilliard she performed in William Congreve's Love for Love, directed by John Bletchley,[14] she appeared in a couple of off-broadway and Broadway theater productions during the 1980's in New York City.

During the late 1980's[15] and through the mid 2000's, McGillis was a featured actress at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC.[16]

In 2004, she appeared in the stage play The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson, touring the United States.[17] McGillis starred in a Pasadena Playhouse stage production of Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman in May 2009, co-starring with Julia Duffy.[18]

She also appeared in a production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally, which toured the United Kingdom in 2010.[19]

Return to Film and TV[edit]

Personal life[edit]

McGillis married fellow Juilliard student Boyd Black in 1979, but the couple divorced in 1981,[28] she married Fred Tillman in 1989, and they have two daughters.[29] The couple divorced in 2002.

McGillis came out as a lesbian in April 2009 during an interview with SheWired;[30][31] in 2010, McGillis entered into a civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive; she and McGillis met in 2000 when Leis was a bartender at Kellys' Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery[32] in Key West, Florida,[33] which McGillis owned with her then-husband Fred Tillman.[34] The restaurant has been sold since June 2017. Leis and McGillis broke up in 2011.

McGillis worked full-time with drug addicts and alcoholics at Seabrook House Drug Alcohol Rehab Center, a rehabilitation center in Bridgeton, New Jersey, when she and Leis shared a home in Collingswood.[35]

McGillis currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, she teaches acting at The New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3 in Asheville, North Carolina.[36]

June 2016 Attack[edit]

McGillis was reportedly assaulted by a stranger who broke into her North Carolina home on June 17, 2016,[37] she said the attack, as well as others she has experienced in the past, has led her to decide to apply for a concealed carry gun permit to protect herself.[38]

Upcoming[edit]

McGillis has been cast in the lead in the biographical film Annie Cook,[39] and also filmed Mother of All Secrets in early 2017 in Bermuda, and that trailer has already been released.[40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association


Category


Nominated work Result


1986 Golden Globe


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture


Witness Nominated


1986


BAFTA Award


Best Actress


Witness Nominated


1986


Bravo Otto Best Actress


Top Gun


Won


1987


Bravo Otto


Best Actress


Made in Heaven Won


1987 Golden Ciak Best Actress Made in Heaven Won
1988


Bravo Otto Best Actress The Accused Bronze

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kelly McGillis Biography (1957-)". filmreference.com. 
  3. ^ "Miss Snell Picks Date". Los Angeles Times. December 10, 1955. 
  4. ^ a b Stark, John (February 18, 1985). "Kelly McGillis Plays the Amish Love of Harrison Ford in Witness—and Kisses Waitressing Goodbye". People. 
  5. ^ McGillis, Kelly (November 14, 1988). "Memoir of a Brief Time in Hell". People. 
  6. ^ Cruz, Alicia (May 23, 2011). "'Top Gun' actress Kelly McGillis working for N.J. rehab, enjoying life". NewJerseyNewsRoom.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lesser-known facts about 'Top Gun' that will take your breath away". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Made in Heaven Movie Review & Film Summary (1987) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  9. ^ "The House on Carroll Street (1988) for Rent on DVD - DVD Netflix". dvd.netflix.com. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 
  10. ^ Hasted, Nick (March 29, 2001). "Kelly McGillis: The star who threw herself to earth". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ Davis, Steven Paul (2001). The A-Z of Cult Films and Film-makers. Batsford. ISBN 978-0-7134-8704-6. 
  12. ^ "Val Kilmer - At First Sight - Interview with Mr. Showbiz". 2005-12-21. Archived from the original on 2005-12-21. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  13. ^ Scott, A. O. (2001-07-27). "FILM IN REVIEW; 'The Monkey's Mask'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  14. ^ Stotsky 2000, p. 262.
  15. ^ Rich, Frank; Times, Special to The New York (1989-10-04). "Review/Theater; Kelly McGillis Stars In 'Twelfth Night'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-22. 
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  17. ^ Shana Honig Journalism Student, Syracuse University (2012-07-09). "What Does This 'Top Gun' Bombshell Look Like Now?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  18. ^ "McGillis, Duffy, Lee, Pierson Are Greedy Brood in Pasadena Little Foxes, Opening May 29". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
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  28. ^ Mottram, James (February 21, 2014). "Kelly McGillis: 'I would cameo in Top Gun 2'". The Independent. Retrieved July 12, 2016. McGillis moved to New York in 1979 to study acting at the prestigious Julliard [sic] drama school, the same year she married fellow student Boyd Black. It was short-lived, the couple divorcing in 1981 
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  30. ^ Jarchow, Boo (April 30, 2009). "Kelly McGillis Says She's Gay on SheWired's 'Girl Rock'". SheWired. Here Media. 
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  37. ^ Puente, Maria (June 24, 2016). "'Top Gun' actress Kelly McGillis attacked at her North Carolina home". USA Today. 
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  39. ^ Mitchell, Robert (2017-05-12). "Cannes: 'Top Gun' Star Kelly McGillis to Play Midwest Crime Queen in 'Annie Cook' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
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  41. ^ "Trailer For New Thriller Features Bermuda - Bernews.com". Bernews.com. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2017-06-29. 

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