Minka Dumont Dufay was born in Los Angeles, California on June 24, 1980
Minka Dumonte Kelly, born on June 24, 1980, is an American actress, model, and philanthropist. She rose to fame for her role as Lyla Garrity on the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2006–2009). In 2011, Kelly starred in the films The Roommate and Searching for Sonny and had a recurring role as Gaby on NBC’s family drama series Parenthood (2010–2011) and a main role as Eve French in the revival of ABC’s action series Charlie’s Angels (2011).
Kelly portrayed Dawn Granger / Dove on the first three seasons of the DC Universe / Max superhero series Titans (2018–2021). Kelly is also the author of her memoir Tell Me Everything: A Memoir (2023), which became a New York Times Best Seller.
Kelly was born in Los Angeles. She is the only child of Maureen Dumont Kelly and former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay. She has French, Irish, and Dutch-Indonesian ancestry. She was raised primarily by her mother and her mother’s on-and-off boyfriend David Gonzalez. Her mother worked various jobs, including as a stripper and bartender, and often struggled to make ends meet throughout Kelly’s childhood. At one point they lived in a storage shed at an apartment complex after losing their apartment unit.
Before Kelly began junior high school, she and her mother relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be near her father figure, David Gonzalez’s, extended family. When she was 16 her mother and Gonzalez fled New Mexico in an attempt to escape drug charges. Kelly moved in with a boyfriend who was five years her senior, and had an abortion at 17 when she became pregnant with his child. She attended two high schools, before graduating from Valley High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After graduation, Kelly reconnected with her biological father and moved back to Los Angeles.
Kelly’s mother Maureen died in 2008, at age 51, from colon cancer. While on a test shoot for a modeling agency in Los Angeles, she was approached by a former Playboy Playmate who was interested in managing her. She helped Kelly find work as a receptionist at a surgeon’s office who would provide Kelly breast augmentation in exchange for hours worked. Kelly decided against getting the surgery and was fired. Her exposure to the medical field spurred her to attend school for a year studying to become a surgeon’s assistant; afterwards she worked as a scrub nurse.
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