Inside the Tragic Life of John Travolta

by Jeremy Spirogis
John Travolta at an event

John Travolta is likely one of the world’s most prolific actors, having appeared in dozens of films together with blockbuster hits similar to Grease and Pulp Fiction. He has a profession that has stretched over 4 a long time and earned him renown as a popular culture icon. But for all of the glitz and glamor, Travolta has skilled a number of darkish moments in his profession.

John Travolta at an event
John Travolta at an occasion in January 2020 | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for ABA

John Travolta’s first tragedy got here simply earlier than he achieved worldwide fame

Travolta began his profession within the early ’70s in Los Angeles, having moved there after dropping out of highschool in his native New Jersey. He snagged a few small appearing jobs earlier than getting his first main film function within the 1976 horror movie Carrie.

It served as a springboard for his profession, with Travolta securing one other function within the critically acclaimed TV flick Boy within the Plastic Bubble, which got here out later in 1976. There, he met and fell in love with actress Diana Hyland.

They had been collectively when Travolta booked what would turn out to be his breakout film, Grease, however inside weeks of getting it, Hyland sadly died of most cancers in 1977 (through The Sunday Mirror).

Diana Hyland and John Travolta | Tom Wargacki/WireImage

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She’d had a mastectomy two years earlier, however “she didn’t know she was going to die for sure until two weeks before,” Travolta informed People. “And when I first knew her there was a possibility it would never happen.”

He informed the outlet that Hyland was his past love and somebody he most likely would have married had she not died. Asked concerning the loss, Travolta added that Hyland, 41, died in his arms and that he’d “felt the breath go out of her.”

John Travolta discovered love once more

After a couple of failed romances, Travolta started relationship Kelly Preston. They married in 1991 after assembly on the set of the 1989 comedy The Experts. The pair welcomed their first youngster, Jett, in April 1992, adopted by their daughter Ella in 2000 and one other son, Benjamin, in 2010.

They misplaced Jett, although, in 2009 when the 16-year-old had a seizure and hit his head on a bath throughout a household trip. Of the loss of life, Travolta informed the BBC: “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better.” In varied interviews, Travolta has credited the Church of Scientology and the start of Benjamin for serving to him address Jett’s loss of life.

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John Travolta has now misplaced his spouse

On July 13, Travolta introduced on Instagram that Preston had died after a two-year battle with breast most cancers. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many,” he wrote. “Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered.”

Now tasked with elevating two children on his personal, the Wild Hogs actor added: “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”

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