Kelly Mc Gillis Biography
Kelly Mc Gillis confessed that as a child she was lonely and overweight. She then escaped from her misery through acting. She participated in several school plays in high school and in college. After high school, she attended the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts and then later on went to Julliard.
After college, in 1983, she made her first film debut in the movie Reuben, Reuben. The critics were impressed with her performance, playing the role of a friend to poet and drunkard Tom Conti. With her impressive performance, Hollywood producers soon offered her serious roles. In 1984, she was seen in the television series Sweet Revenge and in One Life to Live.
The following year, she made the movie Witness and played the role of an Amish woman. Before filming, she stayed with an Amish family in preparation for her role. That same year, she was seen on television in Private Sessions, playing the role of Jennifer Coles.
In 1986, Kelly played the role of Charlie, the love interest of Tom Cruises character, in the blockbuster movie, Top Gun. She was also the narrator of the television show Santabears Frist Christmas, that year.
In 1988, she played the role of a defense attorney in the movie The Accused. In the movie she defended a rape victim, played by Jodie Foster. While making the movie she confessed that she and her roommate were raped and assaulted by Leroy Johnson, the escaped rapist. After the film, she became active social work, helping assault and rape victims.
Kelly Mc Gillis by this time was one of the hottest stars in Hollywood and was seen in several other film and television roles till the end of the 80s to the 90s.
In 2004 she appeared onstage in the production of The Graduate, playing the character of Mrs. Robinson.