Sunday, January 10, 2010

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Laugh by Minka Kelly

A famous cardiologist died, and everyone was gathered at his funeral. His coffin was displayed in front of a huge model heart. When the minister finished his sermon and everyone said their good-byes, the heart was opened, the coffin rolled inside, and the heart closed. Just at that moment, one of the mourners started laughing. The guy next to him asked, "Why are you laughing?" The mourner said, "Well, I was just thinking about my own funeral." The man asked, "Well, what's so funny about that?" And the mourner said, "I'm a gynecologist."

Originally published in the November 2006 issue

About the jokester: In the world of fledgling celebrities, there are relative unknowns and there are known-only-by-relatives. Twenty-six-year-old Minka Kelly falls into the second camp -- for now. A quick Google search produces exactly one fan site, run by her uncle. She recently got recognized in the grocery store, but, according to the Hollywood-born, Albuquerque-raised actress, "that was kind of a cheat because he was an extra on my pilot." Her pilot is Friday Night Lights, the NBC football drama on which she plays Lyla Garrity, the starting quarterback's doe-eyed cheerleader girlfriend. So if High School Extra #3 is still thinking about how Kelly looks shaking her pom-poms while he's in the cereal aisle, we think it's only a matter of time before others follow suit. Lights director Peter Berg is certainly a fan: He's since cast Kelly in his upcoming Middle Eastern thriller, The Kingdom, alongside Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner. Come this time next year, her uncle should have some serious competition.