Who is Kelly Deane Melissa Rutherford? The world knows her as Kelly Rutherford. She is an American actress known for her roles of Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on Generations, Megan Lewis on Melrose Place from 1996 to 1999 and Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl from 2007 to the present.
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.
Rutherford was born November 6, 1968 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. In summer 2001, shortly after her wedding, her then-31-year-old husband had an unexpected cardiac arrest--he recovered. She left Tarajano a week before an InStyle Special on celebrity weddings that included footage of their wedding.
Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch (b. 1973), in August 2006. She gave birth to their first child, a boy named Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch on October 18, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kelly and her husband are currently expecting their second child, due June 2009. On December 30, 2008, Kelly filed for divorce from Giersch. She cited irreconcibale differences on the paperwork, which was submitted to a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court.
On December 30, 2008, Kelly filed for divorce from Giersch. She cited irreconcilable differences on the paperwork, which was submitted to a judge at Los Angeles Superior Court.
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