The 57-year old Twins and Jerry Maguire star passed away Sunday after a long fight against breast cancer.
Hawaii-born Preston’s spouse of nearly 30 years and her Gotti co-star took to social media late tonight in a heartfelt post:
Married in 1991, the couple have a 20-year old daughter Elia and a nine-year old son Benjamin. Travolta and Preston lost their 16-year old son Jet in 2006 from circumstances related to his autism and seizures.
Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith (her middle name “Kamalelehua” meaning ‘garden of lehuas’ in Hawaiian) in Honolulu Hawaii; Preston took on her current stage name when she began acting in 1984. She studied drama and theater and USC.
Her major film roles came in 1985 as Marilyn McCauley in the Doug McKeon romantic comedy teen flick Mischief, as Deborah Ann Fimple in the teen comedy Secret Admirer. Other credits included Twins, SpaceCamp, and of course, as the aggressive ex-girlfriend of Tom Cruise’s sports agent Jerry Maguire in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire, who ditches him when hits rock bottom in his career at the onset of the film. Preston also played Jane Aubrey in the Kevin Costner baseball movie For Love of the Game and Kate Newell in the Eddie Murphy 1998 comedy Holy Man.
Preston played the girlfriend of her husband John Travolta’s character “Terl” in the 2000 sci-fi film Battlefield Earth based on the L. Ron Hubbard novel. Other credits included an appearance in the Maroon 5 music video “She Will Be Loved”. Preston would return to work with Travolta in the 2009 comedy starring Robin Williams, Old Dogs, and the 2018 mafia movie Gotti as Victroia Gotti, to Travolta’s John Gotti.