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Fallen Angel: Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly – From the Land of Enchantment

Minka Kelly was born on June 24, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA. She is of French and Irish descent, and happens to be the child of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and exotic dancer Maureen Kelly.

During her childhood, Minka and her mother frequently moved before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the time she was in junior high school. She described her childhood as “pretty rough”.

After graduating from high school, she returned from New Mexico to Los Angeles with her father to pursue acting as a hobby while she went to school to become a surgical technician. However, after her first acting class, she got “hooked” and began pursuing acting as a career.

Minka Kelly – Rising Star

Her first uncredited role came in 2002, when she appeared in the music video for Something Corporate’s  “If You C Jordan“. Over the next couple of years she had minor roles in film and television, including Cracking Up, American Dreams, What I Like About You and the film Devil’s Highway.

In 2006 she landed her first leading role as Lyla Garrity on Friday Night Lights. In preparation for her role, Minka trained with the Pflugerville High School cheerleading squad in Texas. Her performance on the series won over critics and fans alike. The New York Times even called her performance “heartbreaking”.

She has since gone on to appear in the films Pumpkin Karver, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Kingdom, (500) Days of Summer, The Roommate and Just Go With It. She also appeared on the series Parenthood and Entourage. In 2011, she was one of the leads in the remake of Charlie’s Angels as Eve French.

From April 27 through May, 29 2011, she was a cast member of the Off Broadway production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Minka Kelly’s Golden Heart

Despite being named Esquire Magazine’s Sexiest Woman in 2010, Minka also has a heart of gold.

She’s been quoted as saying, “It blows my mind that anyone could be unkind to anyone. The guy clearing our plates is a person. I don’t care if you’re sweeping the floor. I don’t care if you’re cleaning my toilet.”

But her actions have spoken louder than words.

She appeared in a FunnyorDie.com video with Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Emily Deschanel, and Katharine McPhee  to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up 2 Cancer. She has been a supporter since.

She also joined an eight-day, four-country United Service Organizations tour in December 2011 with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Robert Horry, Jordin Sparks, Thomas Miles and Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia.

Minka Kelly in The Dating Game

Minka Kelly is one of the few women who has made men from different ages and sections in life fall in love with her.

Over the years she has been liked to actors Donald Faison and Chris Evans, and, musician John Mayer. And, of course, a three relationship with the Yankee’s Dekek Jeter, which ended in 2011.

You can keep up with Minka via Twitter @minkakelly.


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