Kelly Rutherford

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Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford.jpg
Rutherford in 2009
Born Kelly Rutherford Deane
(1968-11-06) November 6, 1968 (age 46)
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Carlos Tarajano (m. 2001–02)
Daniel Giersch (m. 2006–10)
Children 2

Kelly Rutherford Deane (born November 6, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her television roles as Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations (1989–91), as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place (1996–99),[1] and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl (2007–12).

Early life and education[edit]

Kelly Rutherford Deane[2] was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1968. Her mother, Harriet (aka "Ann") Edwards, is a model and writer. She has a younger brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Courtney and Lindsey. She attended Corona del Mar High School.[3]


Rutherford began her career on daytime soap operas. She appeared on Loving in 1987, and later was cast as a regular on Generations from 1989 to 1991.[4] In 1992 she has won the series regular role in the ABC drama Homefront. From 1993 to 1994, Rutherford was a regular on the Fox series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., and appeared in the film I Love Trouble. She also starred in the short-lived series The Great Defender as Frankie Collet (1995), and in Kindred: The Embraced as Caitlin Byrne (1996).

In 1996, Rutherford joined the cast of Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, as Megan Lewis. She starred on the show until 1999. She also starred as Christine Hamilton in the horror film Scream 3 (2000). From 2003 to 2004, she starred in the ABC drama Threat Matrix as Special Agent Frankie Ellroy Kilmer. In next television season she starred in another short-lived series, E-Ring, on NBC. In 2007, Rutherford began starring as Lily Humphrey in the CW series Gossip Girl. The series ended in 2012.[5] Rutherford has also starred in a number of Lifetime movies.

Personal life[edit]

Rutherford married Venezuelan banker Carlos Tarajano in June 2001.[6] Tarajano was diagnosed with a heart condition soon afterwards.[7] Rutherford filed for divorce in January 2002, after six months of marriage.[6] The wedding was featured shortly thereafter in the February 2002 issue of InStyle magazine.[6] Tarajano died in 2004.[citation needed]

Rutherford married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch, in August 2006.[8] She gave birth to their first child, son Hermés Gustaf Daniel Giersch, in October 2006.[9] While pregnant with their second child, Rutherford filed for divorce from Giersch on December 30, 2008.[8] Rutherford and Giersch subsequently became involved in a child custody dispute over their son and unborn child.[10] Rutherford gave birth to their second child, daughter Helena, in June 2009.[11] Giersch claimed he was not informed of the birth by Rutherford, and became aware of it only through media reports.[11] In August 2009, Rutherford and Giersch reached a temporary settlement of joint legal and physical custody, in effect until April 2010.[12] Rutherford also obtained a temporary restraining order against him the following month.[13] Giersch's American visa was revoked in April 2012,[14] after Rutherford's lawyer informed the State Department about issues pertaining to Giersch's businesses, which led the Department to conclude that they had sufficient evidence to deport him.[14] It has been reported that the allegations involved fraud[14] or an involvement in drugs and weapons dealing in South America, considered terrorism under the Victory Act.[15] Giersch consequently became unable to enter the United States, and took up residence in France and Monaco.[14] In May 2012, Rutherford and Giersch's children went to France to spend the summer with their father.[16] Rutherford asked the court to grant her sole custody so that she could keep the children primarily in the United States following their visit to France, as the existing joint custody agreement required her to travel frequently to enable Giersch to spend time with the children.[16] In August 2012, in a widely reported decision,[14] a California Superior Court judge ruled that the 50/50 custody arrangement should remain, and that because Giersch is unable to travel to the United States, the children should live in France with him and attend school there, with Rutherford travelling there to visit them.[14][16] Though Rutherford opposed the decision and requested a stay of proceedings while she appealed, her request was denied and it was ruled that in two years, Giersch's eligibility to enter the United States and the consequent well-being of the children will be reassessed.[14][15][16]

In June 2013, Rutherford filed for bankruptcy, claiming debts of approximately $2 million, primarily due to the $1.5 million she spent on legal fees relating to the divorce and custody dispute with Giersch.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shakedown TV watcher
1989 Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge Salesgirl
1992 Breaking the Silence Cheryl Television film
1994 Tis a Gift to Be Simple Emily Hanover Short film
1994 I Love Trouble Kim
1994 Amberwaves Lola Barnes
1996 No Greater Love Edwina Winfield Television film
1996 Buried Secrets Danielle Roff Television film
1997 Six Months of Darkness, Six Months of Light Annie Short film
1997 Big Fall, TheThe Big Fall Veronica Direct-to-video
1997 Dilemma Woman in bar Uncredited
1997 Cyclops, Baby Randy
1998 Perfect Getaway, TheThe Perfect Getaway Julia Robinson Television film
1998 Disturbance at Dinner, TheThe Disturbance at Dinner Marian Pronkridge
2000 Scream 3 Christine Hamilton
2000 Chaos Factor, TheThe Chaos Factor Jodi
2001 Acceptable Risk Kim Welles Television film
2001 Tag, TheThe Tag Wendy
2002 Angels Don't Sleep Here Kate Porter
2002 Swimming Upstream Sandra Bird
2007 Tell Me No Lies Laura Cooper Television film
2013 Sister's Nightmare, AA Sister's Nightmare Jane Ryder Television film
2013 Stream, TheThe Stream Maggie Terry
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Loving N/A Unknown episodes
1989–91 Generations Stephanie "Sam" Whitmore Unknown episodes
1992 Davis Rules Erika 2 episodes
1992–93 Homefront Judy Owen Main cast; 21 episodes
1992 Bodies of Evidence Diana Wallace Episode: "Afternoon Delights"
1992 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures N/A Episode: "As the Dude Turns (The Lives That We Live)"
1993–94 Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., TheThe Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Dixie Cousins 7 episodes
1995 Great Defender, TheThe Great Defender Frankie Collett Main cast; 8 episodes
1995 Courthouse Christine Lunden 4 episodes
1996 Kindred: The Embraced Caitlyn Byrne Main cast; 7 episodes
1996–99 Melrose Place Megan Lewis Mancini Main cast (seasons 5–7); 90 episodes
1999–2000 Get Real Laura Martineau 4 episodes
1999 Nash Bridges Roxanne "Roxie" Hill Episode: "Kill Switch"
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Lady Maria Cosway Miniseries
2000 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Rachel Episode: "Nest"
2000–01 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Helen Kimble 3 episodes
2001 Night Visions Marilyn Lanier Episode: "The Passenger List"
2002–03 District, TheThe District Deputy Mayor Melinda Lockhart 6 episodes
2003–04 Threat Matrix Special Agent Frankie Ellroy-Kilmer Main cast; 16 episodes
2005–06 E-Ring Samantha "Sonny" Liston Main cast; 21 episodes
2007–12 Gossip Girl Lily van der Woodsen Main cast; 96 episodes
2014 Bones Stephanie McNamara Episode: "The Ghost in the Killer"
2014 Being Mary Jane Cynthia Phillips Episode: "The Huxtables Have Fallen"
2014 Reckless Joyce Reed 4 episodes
2015 Mysteries of Laura, TheThe Mysteries of Laura Lisa Hanlon Episode: "The Mystery of the Popped Pugilist"


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 766. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Kentucky birth registration for Kelly Rutherford Deane (#103-51024)
  3. ^ "Gossip Girl Transformations - Kelly Rutherford". InStyle. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kelly Rutherford Biography (1968-)". Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Gossip Girl TV show last episode | canceled + renewed TV shows". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  6. ^ a b c Kuczynski, Alex (June 2, 2002). "The Curse Of the InStyle Wedding". The New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shortest Celebrity Marriages: Kelly Rutherford and Carlos Tarajano". Glamour. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Finn, Natalie (January 3, 2009). "Pregnant Gossip Girl Mom Kelly Rutherford Divorcing". E! Online. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Gee, Alison (October 18, 2006). "EXCLUSIVE: Melrose Place's Kelly Rutherford Has a Boy". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lee, Ken (January 22, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford & Estranged Husband Testify in Custody Dispute". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Lee, Ken (June 9, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford's Husband: I Wasn't Notified of Daughter's Birth". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lee, Ken (August 4, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford and Ex Reach Truce in Custody Battle". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Lee, Ken (September 24, 2009). "Kelly Rutherford Gets Restraining Order Against Husband". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Abrams, Dan (September 1, 2012). "Two American Kids Shipped to France in One of the Worst Custody Decisions. Ever.". ABC News. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Boehm, Kristin; Coughlan, Maggie (August 29, 2012). "Kelly Rutherford, Daniel Giersch Ordered to Co-Parent in Monaco". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d Silverman, Stephen (September 1, 2012). "Kelly Rutherford Vows to 'Never Stop Fighting for My Children'". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (June 23, 2013). "Kelly Rutherford Files for Bankruptcy". People. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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