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Kelly rutherford

Kelly Rutherford
Name Kelly Rutherford Deane
Birthplace Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Date of Birth November 6, 1968 (age 48)
Role on Gossip Girl Lily van der Woodsen/Lily Humphrey
Kelly Rutherford (born November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989–91), as Megan Lewis on the Foxprimetime soap opera Melrose Place (1996–99),[1] and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl (2007–12).

Background Edit

Rutherford was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, on November 6, 1968, daughter of Ann Edwards. She has a brother named Anthony. Rutherford attended Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. She later studied at HB Studio in New York City, and the Beverly Hills Playhouse in California.

Career Edit

Rutherford began her career on daytime soap operas. She appeared on Loving in 1987, and later was cast as a regular on Generations from 1989 to 1991. In 1992 she joined the cast of the ABC drama Homefront.

From 1993 to 1994, Rutherford was a regular on the Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. as Dixie Cousins, a saloon singer and con artist who has a brief romantic encounter with Brisco. In later episodes, Dixie becomes Brisco's primary love interest.

She also appeared in the film I Love Trouble. She also starred in the short-lived series The Great Defender as Frankie Collet (1995), and in Kindred: The Embraced as Caitlin Byrne (1996). In 1996, Rutherford joined the cast of Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, as Megan Lewis. She starred on the show until 1999.

She also starred as Christine Hamilton in the horror film Scream 3 (2000). From 2003 to 2004, she starred in the ABC drama Threat Matrix as Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer. In next television season she starred in another short-lived series, E-Ring, on NBC. In 2007, Rutherford began starring as Lily Humphrey in the CW series Gossip Girl. The series ended in 2012. Rutherford has also starred in a number of Lifetime movies. In 2016, Rutherford was cast in the ABC thriller Quantico playing the recurring role of Laura Wyatt.

Personal Life Edit

Rutherford married Venezuelan banker Carlos Tarajano in June 2001. Rutherford filed for divorce in January 2002, after six months of marriage. The wedding was featured shortly thereafter in the February 2002 issue of InStyle magazine.

Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, in August 2006. She gave birth to their first child, son Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch, in October 2006. While pregnant with their second child, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch on December 30, 2008. Rutherford and Giersch subsequently became involved in a child custody dispute over their son and their unborn child. Rutherford gave birth to their second child, daughter Helena, in June 2009. Giersch stated he was not informed of the birth by Rutherford and became aware of it only through media reports. In August 2009, Rutherford and Giersch reached a temporary settlement of joint physical custody, in effect until April 2010. Rutherford also obtained a temporary restraining order against him the following month. Giersch's U.S. visa was revoked in April 2012, after Rutherford's lawyer informed the State Department about issues pertaining to Giersch's businesses, which led the Department to conclude that they had sufficient evidence to deport him. It has been reported that the allegations involved fraud or an involvement in drugs and weapons dealing in South America, considered terrorism under the Victory Act. Giersch consequently was unable to enter the United States and took up residence in France and Monaco. In May 2012, Rutherford and Giersch's children went to France to spend the summer with their father. Rutherford asked the court to grant her sole custody so that she could keep the children primarily in the United States following their visit to France, as the existing joint custody agreement required her to travel frequently to enable Giersch to spend time with the children. In August 2012, in a widely reported decision, a California Superior Court judge ruled that the 50/50 custody arrangement should remain and that, because Giersch is unable to travel to the United States, the children should live in France with him and attend school there, with Rutherford traveling there to visit them. Though Rutherford opposed the decision and requested a stay of proceedings while she appealed, her request was denied and it was ruled that, in two years, Giersch's eligibility to enter the United States and the consequent well-being of the children will be reassessed.

In June 2013, Rutherford filed for bankruptcy, stating she had debts of approximately $2 million, primarily due to the $1.5 million she spent on legal fees relating to the divorce and custody dispute with Giersch.

In May 2015, Rutherford was granted temporary sole custody of her children, following a ruling that both her son and daughter be brought back to the United States from Monaco, where they had been living with their father since 2012. On July 23, 2015, a California judge ruled that California did not have jurisdiction over Rutherford's child custody case because she resides in New York, and her ex-husband was again awarded custody. Rutherford then filed a case in New York but on July 27, 2015, the New York court ruled it also did not have jurisdiction.

In December 2015, the Monaco courts reconfirmed that full custody remained with the children's father, with Rutherford granted extensive visitation rights in France and Monaco as well as shared input regarding "health, schooling, religious education and any change of residence".

Filmography Edit

Movies Edit

Movie Role Year Notes
Shakedown TV watcher 1988
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge Salesgirl 1989
Breaking the Silence Cheryl 1992 Television film
Tis a Gift to be Simple Emily Hanover 1994 Short film
I Love Trouble Kim 1994
Amberwaves Lola Barnes 1994
No Greater Love Edwina Winfield 1996 Television film
Buried Secrets Danielle Roff 1996 Television film
Six Months of Darkness: Six Months of Light Annie 1997 Short film
The Big Fall Veronica 1997 Direct-to-video
Dilemma Woman in bar 1997 Uncredited
Cyclops, Baby Randy 1997
The Perfect Getaway Julia Robinson 1998 Television film
The Disturbance at Dinner Marian Pronkridge 1998
Scream 3 Christine Hamilton 2000
The Chaos Factor Jodi 2000
Acceptable Risk Kim Welles 2001 Television film
The Tag Wendy 2001
Angels Don't Sleep Here Kate Porter 2002
Swimming Upstream Sandra Bird 2002
Tell Me No Lies Laura Cooper 2007 Television film
A Sister's Nightmare Jane Ryder 2013 Television film
The Stream Maggie Terry 2013
Night of the Wild Sara 2015 Television film

Television Edit

Show Role Year(s) Notes
Loving 1987 Unknown episodes
Generations Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore 1989-91 Unknown episodes
Davis Rules Erika 1992 2 episodes
Homefront Judy Owen 1992-93 Main cast; 21 episodes
Bodies of Evidence Diana Wallace 1992 Episode: "Afternoon Delights"
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1992 Episode: "As the Dude Turns (The Lives That We Live)"
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Dixie Cousins 1993-94 7 episodes
The Great Defender Frankie Collett 1995 Main cast; 8 episodes
Courthouse Christine Lunden 1995 4 episodes
Kindred: The Embraced Caitlyn Byrne 1996 Main cast; 7 episodes
Melrose Place Megan Lewis Mancini 1996-99 Main cast (Seasons 5-7); 90 episodes
Get Real Laura Martineau 1999-2000 4 episodes
Nash Bridges Roxanne "Roxie" Hill 1999 Episode: "Kill Switch
Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Lady Maria Cosway 2000 Miniseries
The Outer Limits Rachel 2000 Episode: "Nest"
The Fugitive Helen Kimble 2000-01 3 episodes
Night Visions Marilyn Lanier 2001 Episode: "The Passenger List"
The District Deputy Mayor Melinda Lockhart 2002-03 6 episodes
Threat Matrix Special Agent Frankie Ellroy-Kilmer 2003-04 Main cast; 16 episodes
E-Ring Samantha "Sonny" Liston 2005-06 Main cast; 21 episodes
Gossip Girl Lily van der Woodsen 2007-2012 Main cast; 96 episodes
Bones Stephanie McNamara 2014 Episode: "The Ghost in the Killer"
Being Mary Jane Cynthia Phillips 2014 Episode: "The Huxtables Have Fallen"
Reckless Joyce Reed 2014 4 episodes
The Mysteries of Laura Lisa Hanlon 2015 Episode: "The Mystery of the Popped Pugilist"
Quantico Laura Wyatt 2016 Recurring role
Jane The Virgin Editor 2016 Chapter Fifty

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