Minka Kelly on her 'gorgeous' stripper mom: 'She got along on that as long as she could'

minka-kelly-charlies-angels-abc.jpg "Charlie's Angels" star Minka Kelly is Cosmopolitan's October covergirl and in the accompanying interview she speaks frankly about her mother, Maureen Kelly.

"She was 5'11, legs up to her ears, gorgeous" according to the 31-year-old actress. "She got along on that for as long as she could."

Kelly worked as a stripper and by her own choosing raised her daughter by herself, even though Minka's father, guitarist Rick Dufay, wanted to be involved.

"He wanted to try to do the family thing. It was my mum who was too busy having fun."

The fun ended three years ago when Maureen died of colon cancer. Kelly says her mother was "reckless" with her health but that mother and daughter came together in her final days.

"By the time she passed, I was holding her. I was with her until her last breath."
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