Kelly McGillis (born July 9, 1957) is an American stage and screen actress widely known for her film roles, such as Rachel Lapp in (1985) with Witness Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations; Charlie in (1986) with Top Gun Tom Cruise; and Kathryn Murphy in (1988) with The Accused Jodie Foster. 
McGillis was born July 9, 1957, in
Newport Beach, California, the daughter of Virginia Joan ( née Snell), a homemaker, and Dr. Donald Manson McGillis, a doctor.  McGillis is of  Scots-Irish descent from her father's side, and German from her mother, and Welsh also. She attended Newport Harbor High School.
McGillis was raised in
Los Angeles, and attended the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California. After getting her GED after dropping out of high school in 1975, she moved to New York City to study acting at the  Juilliard School, where she  graduated in 1983, Group 12.  
After making her film debut in
Reuben, Reuben in 1983, McGillis' breakout role was that of an  Amish mother in (1985) with Witness Harrison Ford, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA award nominations. Her next high-profile role was that of flight instructor Charlotte Blackwood (call sign "Charlie") in the 1986 fighter-pilot film with Top Gun Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. 
In 1987, McGillis acted in the fantasy-comedy film
directed by Made in Heaven, Alan Rudolph, which was produced by Lorimar Productions. The film also co-stars Oscar winner Timothy Hutton. 
McGillis played the part of caretaker for Miss Venable (
Jessica Tandy) in 1988's , which also starred The House on Carroll Street Jeff Daniels. She overhears a suspicious conversation in the house next door and suspects that she's stumbled on a conspiracy to smuggle Nazi war criminals into the United States.
, she appeared in The Accused with Cat Chaser Peter Weller, a film she despised and which discouraged her from pursuing an acting career.  McGillis appeared in dozens of television and film roles throughout the 1990s before taking a break from acting for a few years.
McGillis played the part of
Babe Ruth's second wife, Claire Merritt Ruth, in (1992). From the late 1980s to the mid 1990s, McGillis appeared in The Babe (1989), and Winter People (1994), her 2nd North Amish part in television or film, as well as several made-for-TV films.
In 1999, McGillis co-starred with
Val Kilmer (who plays Virgil, a blind man), for a second time as his over protective sister in . At First Sight 
She played the suspect in the disappearance of a young woman starring
Susie Porter in , an international lesbian The Monkey's Mask cult film from 2000. The film is based on the verse novel of the same name by Australian poet Dorothy Porter. 
McGillis' early television roles included a part on the
daytime soap in 1984.
One Life to Live
She starred in the 1984 television movie
Sweet Revenge (also known as Bittersweet Revenge) with Alec Baldwin. 
Other television films during the 1980s included
in 1985, and as a Private Sessions narrator in Santabear's First Christmas. She also narrated the documentary Out of Ireland for PBS in 1995.
While at Juilliard she performed in
William Congreve's , directed by John Bletchley. She appeared in a couple of Love for Love off-broadway and Broadway theater productions during the 1980s in New York City.
During the late 1980s
and through the mid 2000s, McGillis was a featured actress at the prestigious  Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC. In 2002, she appeared in production of John Webber's play "  The Duchess of Malfi" at the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC.
In 2004, she appeared in the
stage play as The Graduate Mrs. Robinson, touring the United States. McGillis starred in a  Pasadena Playhouse stage production of by The Little Foxes Lillian Hellman in May 2009, co-starring with Julia Duffy. 
Her stage work includes:
(1982), Don Juan (1985), The Sea Gull Peccadillo (1985), (1988), The Merchant of Venice (1989), Twelfth Night (1990), Mary Stuart (1990), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1994), Hedda Gabler (1997), Mourning Becomes Electra (1999), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) and Measure for Measure The Graduate (2004), together with additional roles in Love for Love, , Six Characters in Search of an Author Three Sisters and .
The Winter's Tale
She also appeared in a production of
by Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Terrence McNally, which toured the United Kingdom in 2010. 
Return to film and TV She began working in television again in 2006, then in 2007, she joined the cast of
Showtime's for its fifth season. The L Word  She had a role in the 2010
vampire film , Stake Land directed by Jim Mickle.  She stars alongside  Nick Damici, Connor Paolo and Danielle Harris.  McGillis was featured in a breast cancer
docu-drama titled , released in 2010. 1 a Minute  She starred in
Ti West's 2011 thriller . The Innkeepers 
and We Are What We Are Tio Papi in 2013
Grand Street in 2014
in 2014, TV, (McGillis' 3rd Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio Amish-themed film)
in 2014, " Z Nation Sisters of Mercy" (Season 1, Episode 11)
Blue in 2015
An Uncommon Grace, on Hallmark Channel, (McGillis' 4th Amish themed film)  Lead role in in 2017 as Rose Lewis Mother of All Secrets 
McGillis has been cast in the lead in the biographical film
Annie Cook, and also filmed  in early 2017 in Mother of All Secrets Bermuda, and that trailer has already been released.  
McGillis married fellow Juilliard student Boyd Black in 1979, but the couple divorced in 1981.
She married Fred Tillman in 1989, and they have two daughters, Kelsey and Sonora.  The couple divorced in 2002.
In 1982, McGillis was raped by two men in her New York apartment. Leroy Johnson who was 15 years old at the time was sentenced to three years in prison, but the other assailant had all charges dropped due to a lack of corroborative evidence.
came out as a lesbian in April 2009 during an interview with . SheWired  In 2010, McGillis entered into a  civil union with Melanie Leis, a Philadelphia sales executive; she and McGillis met in 2000 when Leis was a bartender at Kelly's Caribbean Bar Grill & Brewery in  Key West, Florida, which McGillis owned with her then-husband Fred Tillman.  They sold the restaurant in June 2017. Leis and McGillis broke up in 2011. 
McGillis worked full-time with drug addicts and alcoholics at Seabrook House Drug Alcohol Rehab Center, a
rehabilitation center in Bridgeton, New Jersey, when she and Leis shared a home in Collingswood. 
McGillis currently lives in
Hendersonville, North Carolina. She teaches acting at The New York Studio for Stage and Screen NYS3 in Asheville, North Carolina.  June 2016 home invasion
McGillis was left scratched and bruised after being reportedly assaulted by a woman who broke into her North Carolina home on June 17, 2016.
She said the attack, as well as others she has experienced in the past, led her to apply for a  concealed carry gun permit to protect herself. Following the incident, a 38-year-old woman, Laurence Marie Dorn, was charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery, and interfering with emergency communication. Dorn was later convicted of misdemeanor breaking and entering.  
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