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Kelly Rutherford

Courtesy of Observer Playground/Photographer: Mark Jason
Born Kelly Deane Melissa Rutherford
November 6, 1968 (1968-11-06) (age 41)
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active since 1988
Spouse(s) Carlos Tarajano (2001-2002)
Daniel Giersch (2006-2008)

Kelly Deane Melissa Rutherford (born November 6, 1968) is an American actress known for her roles of Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on Generations, Megan Lewis on Melrose Place from 1996 to 1999 and currently as Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, she was also Dixie Cousins on "Brisco County Jr."

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Biography

Career

In addition to her work on Generations and Melrose Place, Rutherford also starred in the early 1990s Homefront as Judy Owen, in 1995's The Great Defender as Frankie Collet, in 1996's Kindred: The Embraced as Caitlin Byrne, in 2003's Threat Matrix as Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer, and had a recurring role in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. as Dixie Cousins. She also had a small role on Scream 3 in 2000. Most recently, Rutherford starred as Samantha "Sonny" Liston, on the cancelled TV series E-Ring. Rutherford currently stars as Lily van der Woodsen in The CW teen drama Gossip Girl.

Personal Life

Rutherford was born in Elizabethtown, the seat of Hardin County, in central Kentucky. She is the daughter of Ann Edwards, a model and writer, who is divorced from Rutherford's father. She has a younger brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Courtney and Lindsey.

Rutherford was married to Carlos Tarajano from June 30, 2001, to January 11, 2002.

Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch in August 2006. She gave birth to their first child, a boy named Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch on October 18, 2006. Rutherford delivered their second child, a girl named Helena Grace Rutherford Giersch, on June 8, 2009. Both children were born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. On December 30, 2008, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch.[1] She cited irreconcilable differences on the paperwork, which was submitted to a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court.

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