Kelly McGillis is an American actress known for her roles in popular movies such as Top Gun and Witness. However, she left Hollywood behind and moved to North Carolina in pursuit of a simpler life. In this article, we will explore Kelly McGillis’ journey from Hollywood to North Carolina, and her life after leaving the spotlight.
Early Life and Career
Kelly McGillis was born on July 9, 1957, in Newport Beach, California. She studied at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and later went on to study at the Juilliard School. In 1983, she made her big-screen debut in the movie Reuben, Reuben, which earned her critical acclaim.
Kelly McGillis rose to fame in the 1980s with her roles in popular movies such as Witness and Top Gun. She starred alongside Harrison Ford in Witness, which earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. In Top Gun, she played the role of Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood, a flight instructor who falls in love with Tom Cruise’s character.
Life After Hollywood
After her success in Hollywood, Kelly McGillis decided to leave the spotlight and move to North Carolina. She wanted to live a simpler life away from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. In an interview with People magazine, she said, “I just got tired of the whole L.A. scene and all the negativity and the competition and the traffic. I wanted to simplify my life.”
Life in North Carolina
Kelly McGillis moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where she bought a farm and started a new life. She spent her time farming and taking care of her animals. She also became involved in community theater and started teaching acting classes.
Kelly McGillis has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Boyd Black in 1979, but they divorced in 1981. Her second marriage was to Fred Tillman in 1989, and they have two daughters together. However, they divorced in 2002.
Although Kelly McGillis has mostly stayed out of the spotlight, she has recently appeared in a few projects. In 2017, she starred in the independent film, An American Zealot. She has also made guest appearances on TV shows such as The L Word: Generation Q.
Impact on Hollywood
Kelly McGillis’ decision to leave Hollywood and pursue a simpler life has inspired many other actors and actresses to do the same. She has shown that it’s possible to leave the spotlight and live a fulfilling life away from the entertainment industry.
Kelly McGillis may have left Hollywood behind, but her impact on the entertainment industry is still felt today. Her decision to live a simpler life in North Carolina has inspired many others to do the same. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.