Jun. 24th, 1980
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Minka Dumont Kelly (born Minka Dumont Dufay; born June 24, 1980) is an American actress. She is most known for her roles in the TV series Friday Night Lights (2006), Parenthood (2010), and Charlie's Angels (2011). She is also known for her role in The Roommate (2011). She appeared in the 2013 film The Butler as Jackie Kennedy, and appeared in the FOX television series Almost Human.
Born in Los Angeles, California. She is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Maureen Dumont Kelly, an exotic dancer. Her parents split up when she was young, and she was raised by her mother. Her paternal grandfather was actor and investment advisor Richard Ney. Kelly and her mother moved to various communities, before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico by the time Kelly was in junior high school. She has French and Irish ancestry.
After graduating from Valley High School in Albuquerque, Kelly returned to Los Angeles. While on a test shoot for a modeling agency, she was approached by a former Playboy Playmate who was interested in managing her, and who placed Kelly as a receptionist at a surgeon's office who would provide Kelly breast augmentation in exchange for hours worked. She ultimately decided against the procedure, leading to her being fired. That exposure to the medical field prompted her to attend school for a year to become a surgeon's assistant; afterward, she worked as a scrub technician. During the four years she spent in that vocation she continued auditioning for film and television roles.
In 2003, Kelly made her acting debut as an extra in the short film Turbo-Charged Prelude a six-minute introduction to the action film 2 Fast 2 Furious. This was followed by a guest appearance on Cracking Up. She has since appeared in a number of television shows such as Entourage, Drake & Josh, and American Dreams. In 2005 Kelly landed a three-episode recurring role on The WB sitcom What I Like About You.
In April 2006 Kelly was cast as a series regular on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. The show, based on the high school football movie of that name, follows a high school football team in the fictional small town of Dillon. Kelly played the role of high school student and cheerleader Lyla Garrity. In preparation for her role as a cheerleader she trained with the Pflugerville High School cheerleading squad. The series premiered on October 3, 2006 with Kelly receiving praise for her performance with The New York Times calling her performance "heartbreaking". At the end of the show's third season Kelly left the series as her character left for university.
From May 2008 to August 2011, she dated baseball player Derek Jeter. Kelly's mother Maureen died in 2008 from colon cancer.
Ranked #42 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
Ranked #54 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Named the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine in 2010.
- Ranked #42 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
- Her grandfather is actor 'Richard Ney' (qv), husband of Academy Award winning actress, 'Greer Garson' (qv).
- Ranked #54 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
- Her father is former 'Aerosmith' (qv) guitarist 'Rick Dufay' (qv).