Is Kelly McGillis still alive?

By Muhan Poudel | Updated on July 7, 2023
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    The once-loved actress and 80s sensation Kelly McGillis has faced quite a lot in her life. She also once randomly disappeared which led people to think if the actress is still alive or dead.

    Let us know about her status in 2023 and debunk the mystery if Kelly is living today.

    Small Bio Of Kelly McGillis

    Full NameKelly Ann McGillis
    Status as of 2023Alive
    BirthJuly 9, 1957
    Age65 years
    Profession in 2023Actress, Acting teacher
    Current ResidenceNorth Carolina

    Is Kelly McGillis Still Alive?

    Yes, Kelly McGillis is still alive in 2023. The once famous for her roles in Witness (1985), Top Gun (1986), etc. is still going strong and is healthy today. The 65 years old actress still is willing to pursue her acting career and is not in the mood of retiring anytime soon.

    Kelly Mcgillis is alive
    Kelly McGillis is still alive in 2023

    But, she once mysteriously disappeared from the Hollywood spotlight which did lead to people thinking that she died. We will discuss the reasons for her mysterious disappearance later in this article itself.

    Death Hoax of Kelly Once Circulated

    Kelly’s death hoax once circulated taking over the social media networks. The hoax apparently started after she logged out of the spotlight without any notice.

    She left the spotlight for so long that people had reason to believe she was dead. After some good years of disappearing, she claimed: “Well, I took time off for two reasons — to get sober and I wanted to be a single, full-time parent to my kids; to be the best mom I could be, and when they moved out to be on their own, I started doing little things [in film and TV] again…Acting is a love in my life, but it isn’t all that I am. It isn’t who I am. It does not define me. I am very content with what comes my way and I love that.”

    Kelly eventually made a comeback in 2010 taking a good number of roles to her name.

    Kelly Is Suffering From A Lung Disease

    The actress is suffering from a lung disease caused by alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The disease is also responsible for her maturation and difficulty in losing weight.

    Due to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, it is difficult for Kelly to continue the action genre. As a result, she started making really fewer appearances on-screen. Because acting hard and working on actions take up much energy and put stress on the lungs, she is now focusing on self-care and cleanliness.

    Well, the disease and struggle to lose weight cost her the role of Top Gun: Maverick (sequel to Top Gun, 1986). She stated:  “I’m old and overweight, and I look appropriate for my age. And that is not the point of the entire scene. I’d rather be comfortable in my skin and with who and what I am at my age than to place value on all that other stuff.” 

    Sad to see one beauty queen get insecure about her own skin now. Matter of fact, the actress acted in the abovementioned hit movie along with Tom Skerritt and Val Kilmer.

    The Horrible Experiences Of Kelly McGillis

    Kelly’s mysterious disappearance from Hollywood and the spotlight is directly linked to her past horrible experiences. Before starting her acting career officially, Kelly had to experience the trauma of being raped. While taking a shower in her apartment in 1982, two men broke in and raped her along with physically assaulting her. It took quite a while for the police to come to her rescue but the attackers did not get what they deserve.

    Kelly was once raped in 1982
    Young Kelly had to carry the trauma of being raped

    A tragic experience like this made McGillis skeptical about trusting people and seeking isolation. She started to rely heavily upon alcohol and gained a significant amount of weight. Slowly after seeking therapy, she lost weight and her carer took of ith Top Gun but still, the traumas did not leave her alone.

    McGillis is sober now
    McGillis once fought alcohol and drug abuse

    Not being able to live with the trauma for long, she made a video about her experience and how she was brutally raped. However, the baseless audience did not listen to her and started calling her a cheat who was doing it only for publicity. This once again left a deep cut inside her.

    What Is Kelly McGillis Doing Now?

    Reports suggest she is now looking to jumpstart her acting career again. In the recent years before 2023, she only appeared in a small number of movies and TV shows.

    Kelly is an acting teacher
    Kelly is now an acting teacher

    She is now an acting teacher who teaches acting in a small studio. Before, she used to help people to get over drug addiction as well. In 2022 she released a statement about what she is up to now: “Right now, I am concentrating on teaching acting privately in a small studio that goes with a school in Asheville, North Carolina. I feel it is my time to give back and that’s something that I know how to do.”

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    Where Does Kelly Live Now?

    Kelly currently resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Before moving to North Carolina she used to stay with her partner in New Jersey.

    She surely loves North Carolina. She has described her life to be quiet and little now. She also said: “I live in a log cabin on top of the hill in North Carolina and it is lovely.”