`Top Gun` star Kelly McGillis marries girlfriend

Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 14:26 PM IST

New York: She had become an overnight sex symbol by seducing Tom Cruise in the hit film `Top Gun`. But just over a year after she revealed that she was gay, Kelly McGillis has wed her long-term girlfriend in a civil union.

The 53-year-old actress married sales executive Melanie Leis in New Jersey this week. The couple tied the knot at the Collingswood Municipal Court on Wednesday, reported New York Times online.

McGillis has met Leis, 42, met in 2000. Leis was then working behind the bar at a restaurant in Florida, that the actress owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman.

The blonde beauty has two daughters with her second husband, Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17. In May 2009, McGillis announced that she was gay, after years of being plagued about her sexuality.

"It`s a part of being true to yourself. That`s been a challenge for me personally," she had said in her coming-out interview.

Referring to that interview, McGillis had later said, "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."

PTI