Kelly McGillis is a Scottish actress best known for her television role as solicitor’s assistant, Rosemary Laessing. She has also been involved in film and theatre since the age of 13, where she appeared in an English film called Mouseketeer. Then in 1986, she appeared in the TV series Happy Days alongside John Ritter. Since then, Kelly has appeared in a number of films including Dynasty, Men in Trees, The Perfect Score, Ordinary Boys, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The DaVinci Code, Rosemary Laessing: Secret Romance, and several others.
There is a great deal of media interest surrounding Kelly’s life and works. A biography by journalist John Stone was published in 2021 that provided a wealth of information about Kelly’s life and work. Kelly’s mother, Rita Laessing, was also closely associated with Kelly’s father, John, throughout most of their lives. Some of the biographical details included the fact that Kelly grew up in an affluent family in Louisiana, the birth of her daughter Rosemary (who was born in Cleveland), and the fact that Kelly used to babysit her younger sister, Elizabeth, while her father worked. She was also very close to her mother, who died in a car accident when Kelly was twenty years old.
Kelly grew up in southern Louisiana, where she attended Laplace High School and she studied drama at the University of Alabama. After college, she spent some time working in local bars but didn’t really pursue acting seriously until she was thirty years old. She did some voice-over work on commercials and later appeared in one of her mother’s plays, Anastasia Dillingos. In her early years on stage, Kelly played the character of “Sara” in the play Call the Midwife, and later in the musical Anastasia.
Throughout her career, Kelly appeared in some successful films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Blowin’ in the Wind, Manicurist, Come As You Are, Romance, Blood Magic, Mystic River, and Mystic River. In terms of roles that were more grounded in reality, Kelly was also known to play the traditional roles of romantic love interest, girlfriend, and mother in some of her films. She was also responsible for introducing the concept of interracial love in films. On the more comedic side, Kelly also appeared in such movies as Here, There, and Everywhere! She also had some small role in the films The Blues, Saturday Night Fever, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Grease, andGrease 2.
During the late 1990s, Kelly appeared in some television shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Spin City, Brides, The X-Files, and Law and Order. She also appeared in the films Dumb And Dumber, Home Alone, and The Perfect Score. As an actress, she has also been seen in the series Gossip Girl, Roseanne, Smallville, and Brides, among many other television shows. While she did not have a large amount of success in her film and television appearances, she has still managed to become one of the best-known and most talented actresses in the industry.
As an actress, Kelly started out in some small films, but began to develop a strong acting career when she appeared in the well-received films The Mask, Pretty Woman, and Good Will Hunting. She was able to branch out into larger films such as Mystic River, Friday the 13th, Dances With Women, Man on the Moon, and Edward Scissorhands. These films helped Kelly achieve her first few marquee roles that she is known for today. In the meantime, Kelly took a break from acting to pursue a writing career, penning several novels that have been successful. She is still currently working hard at being a best-selling author.