Kelly Rutherford

Highest Rated: 63% Shakedown (1988)
Lowest Rated: 22% I Love Trouble (1994)
Birthday: Nov 6, 1968
Birthplace: Not Available
Alternately termed "smoldering" and "babelicious" by TV Guide, the 5'8" U.S. actress Kelly Rutherford -- who spent her adolescence as something of a sports nut instead of a très féminine prima donna -- ironically broke through to the public with a series of white-hot-sexy small-screen roles: barroom chanteuse Dixie Cousins on The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.; onetime-prostitute Megan Lewis on Melrose Place; and sensuous bartender Judy Owen on the post-WWII drama Homefront. Born in Elizabethtown, KY, in the late '60s (and only two years old at the time of her parents' divorce), Rutherford spent years moving from town to town across the country, under the guardianship of her fashion-model mother, Ann Edwards, until she reached her teenage years. At that point, Rutherford, Edwards, and the family's oldest child, Anthony, settled in Newport Beach, CA. Rutherford made a beeline for New York City after graduating from high school in the late '80s, where she planned to enroll in a formal drama program; instead, she signed to do several commercials and appeared on the daytime soapers Loving (opposite Luke Perry) and Generations. Returning to the West Coast, Rutherford subsequently trained at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, where a drama coach reportedly advised her to "work on [her] sexuality" -- a suggestion that helped her immensely. Though Rutherford's feature debut was a bit part in the undistinguished James Glickenhaus-directed actioner Shakedown (1988) -- starring Sam Elliott and Peter Weller -- the 1994 romantic comedy-mystery I Love Trouble constituted both her first significant assignment and the type of material she most warmed to: contemporary throwbacks to golden-age Hollywood cinema. Following a string of banal telemovies between 1994 and 1997, Rutherford joined the cast of the slasher movie sequel Scream 3 (2000) and the political drama Chaos Factor (2000), directed by Terry Cunningham. She received second billing (her highest, up through that time) in the direct-to-video police detective thriller Angels Don't Sleep Here (2001), opposite Roy Scheider and Robert Patrick.It was on television, though, that Rutherford continued to find greatest success. Beginning in the early 2000s, the actress garnered prominant roles a series of programs, starting with a recurring role as Deputy Mayor Melinda Lockhart on The District. She next played Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer on the counterterrorism thriller Threat Matrix, followed by a role as Samantha "Sonny" Liston on the similarly themed political drama E-Ring. Despite Rutherford's impressive ability to make it into the casts of highly-touted prime-time series, those programs also tended to be disappointingly short-lived. That all changed in 2007, when she was cast as Lily van der Woodsen, mother of the troubled Serena (Blake Lively), on Gossip Girl, a teen-oriented prime-time soap on the fledgling CW network. Taking a cue from previous rich-kid drama The O.C., Gossip Girl devoted a portion of its storyline to the main characters' parents, and Lily had no shortage of drama and relationship issues.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Love Of Course Actor 2018
No Score Yet Christmas Wedding Planner Actor 2017
No Score Yet Christmas Wedding Planner Actor 2017
No Score Yet Night of the Wild Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Stream Actor 2013
No Score Yet A Sister's Nightmare Actor 2013
No Score Yet Tell Me No Lies (Witness To Murder) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Swimming Upstream Sandra Bird 2005
No Score Yet Angels Don't Sleep Here Kate 2002
No Score Yet Robin Cook's Acceptable Risk Kim Welles 2001
No Score Yet The Chaos Factor Jodi 2000
37% Scream 3 Christine 2000
No Score Yet The Perfect Getaway Julia Robinson 1998
No Score Yet The Big Fall Veronica 1997
No Score Yet Buried Secrets Danielle Roff 1996
No Score Yet No Greater Love Actor 1996
No Score Yet Kindred: The Embraced Actor 1996
22% I Love Trouble Kim 1994
No Score Yet Breaking the Silence (Some Kind of Love) Cheryl 1992
No Score Yet Phantom of the Mall Actor 1989
63% Shakedown TV Watcher 1988

TV

CREDIT
100% Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
2019
Claire Hotchkiss
  • 2019
No Score Yet Nightcap
2016-2017
Herself
  • 2017
70% Quantico
2015-2018
Laura Wyatt
  • 2016
23% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
90% Being Mary Jane
2014-2017
  • 2014
90% Bones
2005-2017
Stephanie McNamara
  • 2014
46% Reckless
2014
Joyce Reed
  • 2014
84% Gossip Girl
2007-2012
Lily van der Woodsen
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet E-Ring
2005-2006
Samantha `Sonny' Liston Samantha 'Sonny' Liston
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Marilyn
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 2000
80% Get Real
1999-2000
Laura Martineau
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Nash Bridges
1996-2001
Roxanne
  • 1999
No Score Yet Melrose Place
1992-1999
Megan Megan Lewis Woman on Beach Megan Lewis Mancini McBride Michael's Neighbor
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
1993-1994
Dixie Dixie Cousins
  • 1994
  • 1993
67% Homefront
1991-1993
Judy Owen
  • 1993
  • 1992
57% Davis Rules
1991-1992
Erika
  • 1992

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