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A talented and captivating performer, Kelly Preston has performed in a broad range of motion pictures, portraying roles in such diverse films as Jerry Maguire, Citizen Ruth and Twins. Her dynamic and compelling performances have proven her to be one of the most sought-after actors of our generation.

Recently, Preston finished production on The Cat in the Hat, based on the famous children's fable by Dr. Seuss, starring opposite Mike Myers and Alec Baldwin and under the direction of Bo Welch. She can currently be seen starring opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Applegate in A View from the Top directed by Bruno Barreto.

Upon graduating from high school, Preston relocated to Los Angeles and enrolled in the University of Southern California where she studied drama and theatre. She ultimately transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles and decided to commit to pursue acting seriously. She would soon win her very first audition.

Preston was born and raised in Hawaii. As a result of her father's position with an agricultural firm, the family moved first to Iraq for one year and then to Australia for two years. It was while she was a teenager in Hawaii that Preston appeared in television commercials and began to develop an interest in an acting career.

She made her feature film debut with a well-received role in the hit motion picture Twins, opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. Her additional film credits include Only You, Run, The Perfect Bride, The Experts, Spellbinder, Space Camp, 52 Pick-Up, Secret Admirer and Mischief. Ms. Preston also starred in the Academy Award-nominated short, Little Surprises directed by Jeff Goldblum.

Preston appeared to rave reviews opposite Tom Cruise in the number one box office smash hit Jerry Maguire. The Tri-Star picture was written and directed by Cameron Crowe. She was also seen in a pivotal role in the critically acclaimed motion picture Citizen Ruth for Miramax. In addition, she starred in the hit feature film Addicted to Love co-starring Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick and was seen in the comedy Nothing to Lose opposite Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence.

Preston also starred in the feature film comedy The Holy Man, with Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum; Jack Frost, opposite Michael Keaton for Warner Bros. Pictures; Daddy and Them, directed by Billy Bob Thornton; and starred opposite Kevin Costner in the Universal picture For the Love of the Game for director Sam Raimi.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "What A Girl Wants" (15-Mar-2003)


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