The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 177
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 177

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. x A f . ' t. : - it (Ml MM LIB ,! -- : f . 5 - f 1 .. . ' HEN DISNEY schedules a film for Christmas release, you can be pretty sure its marketing experts smell a hit. Well, this ' ' j 1 BY JAMES BRADY Personal: Born Jan. 31, 1959, in Minneapolis, Minn. One daughter, Shane, 12. Married to Mitch Glazer since 1992. Films: Include Osa, 1985; Bright Lights, Big City, 1988; Cocktail, 1988; Road House, 1989; Drugstore Cowboy, 1989; Desperate Hours, 1990; Curly Sue, 1991; Three of Hearts, 1993; The Beans of Egypt, Maine, 1994; Imaginary Crimes, 1994; Virtuosity, 1995; White Man's Burden, 1995; Heaven's v. Kelly was born in Minnesota and first came to New York to visit a friend. "When I got off the plane, I said, 'This is rtT I came from a state with lots of tall blondes, and I never thought I could model or act, but they the Elite Model Agency kept after me. I couldn't imagine anyone paying me to pose." After modeling for Elite (1981-85), her first acting job was in a TV movie. "I only had one line: 'Hi, how are you?'" said Kelly. "The director felt so bad, he wrote letters to other directors for me." Now she lives near Los Angeles with her daughter, Shane, and her screenwriter husband, Mitch Glazer. They also have what sounds like an idyllic escape three hours away, in Lone Pine, Calif., a village on the slopes of Mount Whitney, about 80 miles from Death Valley. Each October, Lone Pine boasts its own film festival, which mostly shows old Westerns that were shot in the area. "I was in the parade this time," said Kelly. "They were desperate, so I went dressed in my Dale Evans outfit, and I rode in a car with a guy dressed as Zorro. Lone Pine is only five blocks long, so the parade goes five blocks, then turns around and comes back." year's Christmas movie from Disney is Mr. Magoo, with Leslie Nielsen as a live version of the myopic cartoon character and tall, lovely Kelly Lynch as, in her own words, "a ruthless international jewel thief and femme fatale who's forever assuming new disguises and has 1 8 changes of costume." Wow! But this is a comedy. Doesn't Kelly usually appear in serious movies opposite actors like Cruise and Travolta? And didn't she turn down the Basic Instinct role that rocketed Sharon Stone to fame? What's she doing making Disney comedies with farcical Leslie Nielsen? "Hollywood sees me as a Sharon Stone," said Kelly. "But in my life, I'm the funny, goofy one. I was the one who could get the whole class laughing. 1 was an awkward swan as a kid and thought, if I became an actress, I might grow up to be a Carol Burnett or Carole Lombard. This is a sort of Cruella DeVil role the villainess of 101 Dalmatians. If you're able to be bad and still make it fun, then you get the Prisoners, 1996; Cold Around the Heart, 1997; Mr. Magoo, 1997. Television: Includes San Berdoo, 1989; The Edge, 1989; Red Wind, 1995. Can you imagine . Leslie Nielsen as "Mp. Magoo"? Kelly Lynch plays his Gloriously wicked co-star and tells us all about the movie and lots more. audience rooting for you." And working with Leslie? "He's an older man but about as active as any actor I've ever worked with. He did a lot of his own stunts. We had a Hong Kong action director, you know, Stanley Tong, and he had Leslie snowboarding downhill on an upside-down ironing board." Why did Kelly go for the role? "There was a twofold reason," she said. "A car accident when I was 2 1 . They thought I'd never walk again. I never believed them, and here was a director who asked me to do my own stunts. So it was a challenge, but also an opportunity for my daughter Shane, 12 to see my work. I can't let her see my other work, but she can see Magoo" And speaking of challenges, Kelly said her family was looking for "something we can all do." They found it: "We're going to climb Mount Whitney," she said. Which is, I might remind you, 1 4,495 feet high the tallest peak in the contiguous 48 states. IE PHOTOGRAPH BY EDDIE ADAMS, STYLIST. DENISESOUS: CLOTHES FROM BARNEYS BEVERLY HILLS PACE 30 DECEMBER 7, 1997 PARADE MAGAZINE

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