Kelly Preston: Rita Wilson, Russell Crowe, more stars pay tribute to late actress

Kelly Preston: Rita Wilson, Russell Crowe, more stars pay tribute to late actress
Sara M Moniuszko

Published 11:18 PM EDT Jul 13, 2020

Celebrities are paying tribute to actress Kelly Preston, who died at 57 after a battle with breast cancer.

Preston’s husband, actor John Travolta, and their daughter Ella confirmed the news in posts to their respective Instagram accounts Sunday night.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta, 66, wrote. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

Ella paid tribute to her mother, writing “I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you…  You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always. I love you so much mama.”

On Monday, more celebrities took to social media to remember the late star.

Rita Wilson tweeted a photo of her and Preston together.

“Sweet Kelly. God rest your soul. You will be so missed,” Wilson captioned the photo.

Russell Crowe tweeted about meeting Preston in late 1992.

“Such a lovely person. In 1995 we auditioned together for Breaking Up, Salma Hayek got that gig,” he continued. “I havent seen her much, but when I did, she was always the same sparkly eyed gem. Love to her family. R.I.P”

Barbra Streisand paid tribute to her “wonderful friend” with a throwback picture on Instagram of herself, Preston and Travolta embracing. 

“One of the loveliest people in our lives and such a great mother and wife, Streisand wrote. “Our hearts are forever with John, Ella, and Ben. Jim and I are heartbroken.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred with Preston in the 1988 comedy “Twins,” remembered the actress as “extraordinary.”

“I was lucky enough to star with her and direct her, and her talent was off the charts,” Schwarzenegger said. “She had such a big heart, she was a wonderful wife and mother, and my thoughts are with John and the whole family.”

Danny DeVito, who starred in “Twins” alongside Preston and Schwarzenegger, tweeted: “Kelly Thinking of her, always the sweetest brightest energy, and John and their wonder family….much love.”

Maria Shriver, journalist and former wife of Schwarzenegger, said she was “shocked by this sad news.”

“Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife,” she tweeted. “My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief. Join me in sending them love and strength.”

Tim Allen said he’s “so sad for my pal Travolta.” Allen added, “So hurt for his families loss. Kelly is a gem of so many facets. My families prayers and love to you and the family JT.”

Piers Morgan posted a throwback and more recent photo of Preston and Travolta.

“Such sad news about Kelly Preston. She & John Travolta had one of the most enduring (29 year) Hollywood marriages & were two of the nicest, most genuine people in the business,” he wrote. “Gutted for him.”

Reese Witherspoon said she’s “deeply heartbroken for the whole Travolta family.”

Witherspoon described Preston as “wonderful, kind, and extremely talented.” She continued, “I’m sending love and prayers to her husband, her children and everyone who loved her. May She Rest In Peace.”

Josh Gad said he was in “absolute shock.”

“What a beautiful and amazing actress and person. So sad to hear of her passing at such a young age,” he continued. “My heart goes out to John Travolta and the entire family. What a loss.”

Spencer Breslin, who starred with Preston in 2003’s “The Cat in the Hat,” tweeted: “RIP to my on screen mom, #kellypreston. What a lovely woman. Such a sad loss.”

Director Rod Lurie said he knew Preston in high school.

“She was supernaturally beautiful and kind,” he continued. “Last time we spoke we discussed my directing a remake of 52-PICK UP in which she’d play the Ann-Margret role. It would’ve been special for us @PunahouSchool alums. All my heart to John, Ella, and Ben.”

Actress Holly Robinson Peete called Preston a “beautiful lady. Inside and out.”

“A crushing loss,” her tweet continued. “Rest In Peace, Kelly Preston 🙏🏽💔.”

Actress Chloe Bennet tweeted, “Kelly Preston was enormously kind and unbelievably lovely. Can’t believe this. My thoughts are with her sweet Ella and the rest of her incredible family. RIP”

Actress Kristy Swanson tweeted, “Rest In Love & Peace #KellyPreston 🙏🏼❤️”

Actress Adina Porter wrote, “#RIP Kelly Preston . Prayers go out to John, her family and friends.”

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

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