Drug Store Cowboy
“I was so terrified of having to be beautiful for the rest of my life and not be an actor.” Kelly Lynch
Actress Kelly Lynch first came to prominence as a model for the prestigious Elite Modeling Agency before establishing herself as an actress. Making her acting debut starring in the straight-to-video “Osa” (1985), the blonde performer resurfaced in 1988 with small parts in “Bright Lights, Big City” and “Cocktail” before becoming a Hollywood star with her role as Matt Dillon's junkie wife in Gus Van Sant's hit “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), from which she received a Best Female Lead Independent Spirit nomination. She picked up her second Independent Spirit nomination five years later for her supporting role in the film “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” (1994). Lynch is also memorable for playing roles in Michael Cimino's “Desperate Hours” (1990), “Virtuosity” (1995), “Homegrown” (1998) and “Charlie's Angels” (2000). She also appeared in the successful thriller “The Jacket” (2005), opposite Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley. On the small screen, Lynch is probably best known for playing the recurring role of Ivan Aycock on the series “The L Word” (2004-2005). She also appeared in the film “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (2009) and in four episodes of the series “90210” (2010. Lynch will soon appear in the comedy “Kaboom” (2010), costar in David Moreton’s movie “A Good Funeral” and as Harriet in Mitch Glazer’s upcoming thriller “Passion Play,” alongside Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray (2010).
As for her personal life, the model-turned-actress is married to writer/director Mitch Glazer. She has a daughter named Shane Lynch (actress) from a previous relationship.
Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Barbara Jean Dingmann and Robert Edward Lynch, Kelly Colleen Lynch was born on January 31, 1959, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. After her parents divorced, young Kelly spent much of her time hanging out and working with her father at his now-closed Boulevard Restaurant in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She has a sister named Robin Lynch.
Kelly loved to perform for her family and friends when she was a child. While studying at Golden Valley High School, she took modern dance lessons. A confident girl, she waited until the night before the final exam to create her dance routine and received an A+ for her performance. Kelly also attended the Guthrie Theater Drama School at the world celebrated Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Since 1992, Kelly has been married to writer/director Mitch Glazer (born in 1953). She has a daughter named Shane Lynch (born in 1985).
The Beans of Egypt, Maine
Kelly Lynch trained at the prestigious Guthrie Theater for two summers. At age 20 she was in a car accident where her legs were seriously injured. She spent a year in recovery, during which time she became addicted to painkillers. The persistent Lynch finally regained her sobriety and began to walk again.
With a new attitude about life, Lynch left her day occupation as a Northwest Airlines' flight attendant and relocated to New York to launch a modeling and acting career. While in New York, she studied with renowned acting coaches Sanford Meisner and Marilyn Fried. She was spotted by the head of the Elite Modeling Agency who signed Lynch to a three year modeling contract. She also made occasional TV appearances.
Lynch's first film role arrived in the mid 1980s when she landed a starring role in the independent movie “Osa” (1985), a sci-fi film set in Mexico that was written and directed by Oleg Egorov. She went on to appear in the drama “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), starring Michael J. Fox and Kiefer Sutherland, and the Roger Donaldson directed “Cocktail” (also 1988), opposite Tom Cruise. Lynch, however, did not gain her first widespread notice until Gus Van Sant cast her as Matt Dillon's drug addicted wife, Dianne, in the applauded film “Drug Store Cowboy” (1989). Delivering a good performance, she was nominated for a 1990 Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Female Lead. The same year, she also portrayed Kate in Joy Gayton's “Warm Summer Rain” and starred opposite Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott in “Road House.”
After supporting Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rogers in the thriller “Desperate Hours” (1990), Lynch starred with James Belushi in the John Hughes comedy “Curly Sue” (1991), teamed up with William Baldwin and Sherilyn Fenn in “Three of Hearts” (1993), and costarred with Harvey Keitel and Fairuza Balk in the biographical film “Imaginary Crimes” (1994), which was based on a book by Sheila Ballantyne. She received an Independent Spirit nomination for her scene stealing performance as Roberta Bean in 1994's “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and was noted for her performance opposite Denzel Washington and Russel Crowe in the sci-fi thriller “Virtuosity” (1995).
Lynch continued to appear in such films as “White Man's Burden” (1995, as John Travolta's wife), the thriller “Heaven's Prisoners” (1996, as the wife of Alec Baldwin), “Persons Unknown” (1996, with Joe Mantegna), John Ridley's “Cold Around the Heart” (1997, with David Caruso) and “Mr. Magoo” (1997, with Leslie Nielson) before delivering a good performance in director/writer Stephen Gyllenhaal's “Homegrown” (1998), with John Lithgow, Jon Tenney, Ryan Phillippe, Hank Azaria and Billy Bob Thornton. Meanwhile on the small screen, she appeared in the television movie “For Better and for Worse” (1993) and “Brotherhood of Murder” (1999) and in an episode of “Fallen Angels” (1995).
Entering the new millennium, Lynch shared the spotlight with the cast of the blockbuster hit “Charlie's Angels” (2000) that included Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray. In the successful film based on the popular 70's TV show of the same name, she portrayed cunning villain Vivian Wood. She was next cast as Callie Scheffer in the comedy “Joe Somebody” (2001), starring Tim Allen, appeared with Ryan Gosling, David Morse and Clea DuVall in the sport themed “The Slaughter Rule” (2002) and portrayed the mother of Shawn Hatosy and the girlfriend of Jeff Goldblum in the drama “Dallas 326,” the directorial debut of Scott Caan. Also in 2003, Lynch, who previously had a guest spot in the hit series “Ally McBeal” (2001), landed a supporting role in the TV film “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story,” starring Thora Birch. She went on to receive a recurring role in the acclaimed TV series “The L Word” in five episodes during 2004-2005. The versatile performer returned to the big screen in 2005 with a bit part in the drama “At Last” and as Keira Knightley's mother in the thriller “The Jacket,” which starred Adrien Brody. She then appeared in Susan Traylor's drama “Welcome to California” (also 2005) and portrayed Jeremy Sumpter's mother in the television film “Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life.”
In 2006, Lynch was cast opposite Martin Donovan and Edward Furlong in the horror movie “The Visitation,” directed by Robby Henson. She also starred as Joan Hunter in the television film “The Hunters,” alongside Callum Keith Rennie, Hillary Tuck and Neal Bledsoe. The film “Normal Adolescent Behavior” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2007, and on TV on September 1, 2007. The drama starred Amber Tamblyn, Ashton Holmes, Kelli Garner and Daryl Sabara. She also appeared in the film “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (2009) and in four episodes of the series “90210” (2010. Lynch will soon appear in the comedy “Kaboom” (2010), costar in David Moreton’s movie “A Good Funeral” and as Harriet in Mitch Glazer’s upcoming thriller “Passion Play,” alongside Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray (2010).