Kelly Preston, Actress in ‘Jerry Maguire,’ Dies at 57

Kelly Preston, an actress known for her role as a hardhearted fiancée of the Tom Cruise character in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday at 57.

The cause was breast cancer, her husband, the actor John Travolta, said in an Instagram post on Monday.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” he wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

Ms. Preston, who was born Oct. 13, 1962, in Honolulu, appeared in the 1986 film “Space Camp.” But she had a breakthrough as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love interest in “Twins,” the 1988 comedy that also starred Danny DeVito.

She met Mr. Travolta in 1988, while they worked on the film “The Experts.” She had a brief cameo with Mr. Travolta in the 2000 sci-fi flop “Battlefield Earth,” and the couple worked together in the 2018 film “Gotti,” in which Mr. Travolta played the late Mafia boss John Gotti and Ms. Preston his wife, Victoria.

Ms. Preston said that to help prepare for the role, she met Ms. Gotti, and the two ended up forming a relationship.

“We sat there for hours, just talking and eating Ms. Preston said while meeting the press during the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Vanity Fair reported. “I spent the whole day with her family. I also had an email relationship with her, and she would tell me everything.”

Ms. Preston and Mr. Travolta were married in 1991. In addition to her husband, she is survived by their daughter, Ella Bleu; and a son, Benjamin. Their eldest son, Jett, 16, died in 2009 after having a seizure.

In “Jerry Maguire,” which featured Mr. Cruise as a fast-talking sports agent who gains a conscience, she played “a brief but memorable appearance as Jerry’s shark of a fiancée from his big-shot days,” The New York Times critic Janet Maslin wrote in 1996.

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