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Monday, September 20, 2010

Kelly McGillis and her girlfriend join in civil union

Actress Kelly McGillis and sales executive Melanie Leis, who have known each other since 2000, were joined in a civil union this week, The New York Times reports.
Judge Robert T. Zane III, municipal presiding judge for New Jersey's Camden County officiated at the Collingswood Municipal Court on Wednesday, says the paper.
The couple met when Leis tended bar in the Key West, Florida, restaurant McGillis owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman, with whom she has two daughters: Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.
As a then-single McGillis, now 53, told PEOPLE in May 2009, a reporter had asked if she were looking for a man or a woman. "It was like a moment of truth," she said. "I thought, Hmm, do I say the truth, or do I just say, It's none of your business, which is my standard answer? I said you know, I'm just going to say the truth. Definitely a woman."
Among McGillis's best-known film roles were opposite Harrison Ford in 1985's "Witness," opposite Tom Cruise in 1986's "Top Gun" and opposite Jodie Foster in 1988's "The Accused." Leis, 42, reports The Times, works in Philadelphia for Independence Communications, which supplies Muzak to businesses.
McGillis, 53, starred in the movies "Witness," "Top Gun" and "The Accused" in the 1980s.
Her civil union partner is an executive with Independence Communications, a company that provides Muzak to businesses. The New York Times first reported their civil union.

McGillis, who lives in Collingswood, came out as a lesbian last year in an interview with She has been married and divorced twice before and has two daughters.
Her latest film, "Stake Land," had its debut last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Top Gun' actress Kelly McGillis and her longtime partner, Melanie Leis, were joined in a civil union on Wednesday in New Jersey, The New York Times reports. Leis, 42, is a regional sales executive in Philadelphia with Independence Communications and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
The pair met in Key West, Florida, in 2010 when Leis was bartending at a restaurant the actress owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman.
McGillis has two daughters with Tillman, Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.
Last year, McGillis announced she was a lesbian in an interview with Her decision to come out was due to the fact that her daughters were grown and no longer needed to be shielded from the media.
"That was one of those moments when somebody asked me a question, my kids had gone from home, so I really didn't have to protect anyone by skirting the question, and I just decided to be absolutely honest," McGillis said this week.

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