• Kelly Lynch is a famous American model and actress born in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
• She is 62 years old and her family is of Irish descent.
• She is a dog lover, nature lover, and environmentalist.
• Her on-screen debut was in 1988's "Bright Lights, Big City" and she won an Independent Spirit Award for her work in "Drugstore Cowboy."
• She is married to writer, producer, and actor Mitch Glazer, who also wrote "Rock the Kasbah" and "A Very Murray Christmas."
Kelly Lynch is a famous American model and actress, who is popularly known for her appearance in “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” and “Drugstore Cowboy.”
Age, Early Life Education Background
Kelly Lynn was born under the Aquarius zodiac sign on 31 January 1959, in Golden Valley, Minnesota, which makes her 62 years old as of 2021. She was born to Barbara Jean Dingmann who worked as a modern dancer, and her husband Robert Lynch who was a restauranter. She was raised in her hometown together with her sister Robin Lynch. Her family is of Irish descent.
Kelly grew up very physically active and liked swimming and dancing as a child. She attended Guthrie Theatre Drama school in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the ’80s, and she had an opportunity of learning from the talented acting instructor, the late Sanford Meisner.
Hobbies and Interests
Kelly is a dog lover, and has kept a long-haired Dachshund named Ram.
She is a nature lover and an environmentalist, who spends her free time collecting recyclable trash and cleaning up garbage.
To calm herself and keep fit, Lynch likes going for nature walks and walking her dog across the street.
Kelly is a big lover of Asprey’s jewelry, and selected an Asprey Matchstriker Collection’s gold pendant to wear during a particular event.
Career Beginning and Appearance in TV Series
After she graduated from college, Lynch started working as a flight attendant. She was later taken on by Elite modelling agency to work as a model, and during this time became friends with the guitarist Bruce C Allen’s sister, Cynthia Allen.
Lynch made her TV series debut with a role in 1986’s drama “The Equalizer,” which was followed by a guest appearance in “The Hitchhiker and Miami Vice” in 1987. 2004 saw her appearing in the American-Canadian show “The L Word”, before she played the recurring role of Angie in 2004-2005’s “Fatherhood.” She was next seen in 2010’s series “90210,” in which she portrayed Laurel Cooper, before playing Marie Minetti in “Memphis Beat.”
Between 2012-2014, she was cast in the recurring role as Meg Bannock in the series “Magic City,” which was written and produced by her husband Mitch Glazerand, and revolves around the story of a hotelier who gets entangled with a Jewish mob with the aim of protecting his business interests. In the year that followed, she secured a starring role in 10 episodes of the series “Mr. Mercedes.”
The Minnesota-born actress made her film debut in 1988, when she was cast in “Bright Lights, Big City” as Elaine before landing the starring role of Kerry Coughlin in the film “Cocktail.” She entered the limelight for her leading role in the drama “Drugstore Cowboy,” which is based on James Fogle’s autobiographical novel, and her rising fame saw her selected for a starring role in 1990’s remake of “Desperate Hours” (originally released in 1955) alongside Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins and Mimi Rogers. Before 2000, she featured in several other films, including “Curly Sue” in 1991, “Imaginary Crimes” (1994), “Heaven’s Prisoners,” ”The Beans of Egypt, Maine” of 1994, and several more.
Since she featured in “Charlie’s Angels” in 2000 as Vivian Wood, Kelly has been cast in about 20 other films – her recent appearances are in films such as 2015’s “The Frontier” and “Kepler’s Dream” in 2015.
Kelly’s contribution to the Gus Van Sant-directed crime-drama “Drugstore Cowboy” saw her winning Best Female Lead’s Independent Spirit Award. She was also nominated for the same award for her works in “The Beans of Egypt, Maine.” In 2004, she bagged the Prism Award (Performance in a Miniseries of a TV Movie category) for her appearance in “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story.”
Lynch is wedded to the accomplished American writer, producer and actor Mitch Glazer, who has worked in many TV series and films such as “Magic City” and “Scrooged” respectively.
The duo exchanged vows in 1992, and they own two stylish architectural homes both located in California, one in Lone Pine and another in Hollywood Hills. The couple has daughter named Shane, born in 1985 from Lynch’s previous relationship. Shane Lynch has followed in her mother’s footsteps and is currently a famed Hollywood actress, writer and animator, who is famous for appearing in “Magic City,” “Men, Women, and Children,” “The Blackout,” and several more productions.
A Near Death Experience
At the age of 20, Kelly was still very rebellious and reckless, and was involved in a very serious car accident in 1980 that could have taken her life. Upon being rushed to the hospital, the doctors notified her relatives that she was to have both of her legs amputated, which devastated her.
During a talk with People, she reflected back on the fateful day at Minnesota freeway revealing that, ‘I can’t tell you how horrible it was…I was an athlete, I was a state champion swimmer, I was a dancer. I always thought ‘my intelligence is in my body’ so if that was going to be taken away from me, I don’t know what I was going to do.’ Luckily, her family found another doctor who saved her legs.
She revealed during an interview that the accident drove her to be kind to others, and after making a full recovery, Kelly changed her lifestyle and does whatever she can to make the world a better place than she found it. She dedicates some of her free time to collecting rubbish in her Los Angeles neighborhood – in the recent past, she teamed up with her friends to collect debris that had trashed the beach.
She also contributes to This Is about Humanity Organization, which helps refugees, immigrants, under-privileged children, and separated families in Tijuana near the Mexico-US border in partnership with Asprey luxury brand.
Height and Weight
Kelly is of white ethnicity and has long blonde hair and brown eyes. She is slim built with vital statistics of 34B-25-35, weighing approximately 12olbs (55kg) with a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m).
Kelly has amassed her net worth from her successful acting career and has featured in over 40 films and about 12 TV series since she made her on-screen debut. As of late 2021, she is reportedly worth close to $25 million. On the other hand, her husband, Mitch, has a net worth of approximately $20 million.
Who Mitch Glazer, Kelly’s Husband Is
The 69-years-old Mitch Glazer was born in Miami, Florida, USA, in 1953, and was brought up by his parents Leonard Glazer and Zelda Glazer. He attended Miami Beach High before matriculating to New York University.
Before he began his long-term career in Hollywood, he worked for the magazines “Crawdaddy!” and “Rolling Stone.” He subsequently began acting, and played a role in “Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video” in 1979, before he transitioned to writing films and TV shows. He wrote his first episode of a TV series entitled “Saturday Night Live” two years later, and has since worked on various successful productions. His recent works include writing the films “Rock the Kasbah” and “A Very Murray Christmas.”
He was previously married to Wendie Malick from 1982-1989.