Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Kelly Le Brock (born March 24, 1960) is an American actress and model. Her acting debut was in The Woman in Red, co-starring comic actor Gene Wilder. She also starred in the films Weird Science, directed by John Hughes and Hard to Kill, with Steven Seagal.
Le Brock was born in New York City but was brought up in London. She is the daughter of a French-Canadian father, who owned a mercury mine and opened The General Thurber Inn, a three-star Michelin restaurant in Rouses Point, New York.
Kelly's Scottish-born mother, Maria Cecilia Traynor, was of Irish descent, and was a former model. Maria later owned a antiques shop in London. According to an interview with The Belfast Telegraph in October 2015, Le Brock's maternal grandparents were John Traynor and Mary Traynor (née Kelly) from Keady in County Armagh. According to the same interview, when she was a child, her nanny was a woman called Mary from Strabane in the west of County Tyrone. Le Brock spent her early school days in Buckinghamshire and Lewes, Sussex (1969-76). At the age of 16, Le Brock returned to New York and started her career as a high-fashion and beauty model.
Le Brock began her career as a model at age 16. She subsequently appeared on numerous magazine covers and in fashion spreads, including a Christian Dior campaign, and became one of Eileen Ford's most sought-after models. She also gained notoriety as the Pantene shampoo commercial spokeswoman, whose line, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful" became a pop culture catchphrase.
Le Brock was cast as the "perfect" or "fantasy" woman in films such as The Woman in Red (1984) and Weird Science (1985). As a result, she was considered one of the sexiest women in Hollywood in the 1980s. In 1990, she starred opposite her then-husband, Steven Seagal, in Hard to Kill. Le Brock also appeared in Betrayal of the Dove (1993), Tracks of a Killer (1995), and Hard Bounty (1995).
She had roles in the films Wrongfully Accused (1998), The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2002), Zerophilia (2005), and Gamers: The Movie (2006). Le Brock says that she is hoping to get back into acting. She has appeared in four films since 2000, as well as a thriller entitled Hidden Affairs, released in 2013.
In 2005, Le Brock was the captain of the team "Kelly's Bellies" on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club reality show. Le Brock also appeared on the third UK series of Hell's Kitchen.
Her first marriage was to film producer and restaurateur Victor Drai, in 1984; they divorced in 1986. She then was married to action star Steven Seagal from 1987 to 1996, from which three children were born — Annaliza (b. 1987), Dominic (b. 1990), and Arissa (b. 1993).
In the late 1980s, Le Brock was one of the first private U.S. citizens to own a hyperbaric chamber. Le Brock also started her own brand of homeopathic remedies.
After the death of her brother, Harold, in 2008, Le Brock decided to devote her time to the terminally ill. In 2011, she was listed as the celebrity spokesperson for "Club Carson", whose members are children suffering from cancer.