John Travolta
Actor, singer, dancer
John Travolta
John Joseph Travolta is an American actor, dancer, and singer. Travolta first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta's acting career declined through the 1980s. His career enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in Hollywood films, including Face/Off, Ladder 49, and Wild Hogs.
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Tom Cruise Could End Scientology 'Singlehandedly' According To Leah Remini
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Former Scientologist Leah Remini said Tom Cruise could “singlehandedly” end Scientology on a Friday night episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher.”  The “King of Queens” star whose A&E docuseries “Scientology and the Aftermath” aims to show how the organization negatively affects its members appeared on the show just after host Maher let alt-right poster child Milo Yiannopoulos off with some light, teasing banter.  The actress confirmed that even celebrity supporters like Cruise or John Travolta are required to conform to many of the organization’s strict rules for members, including hours of studying each day. “He [Cruise] could end this singlehandedly,” Maher interjected.  “He could end this. Correct,” Remini said, adding, “Because they are saying he singlehandedly is clearing the planet, is changing the planet, so most Scientologists believe.” In Scientology, “clearing the planet” is the process by which “body thetans,” or aliens that members believe ...
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John Travola can't read teleprompter at Grammys
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John Travolta isn't known for his excellence when it comes to presenting at awards shows.
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Twitter is pissed after guy takes selfie with Nick Cave, but doesn't know who he is
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Twitterer and comedian James Malcolm was hit with a particularly bad case of FOMO while waiting for a flight at Wellington airport, recently.  But it was soon to be replaced with mass public shaming, due to his lack of ~serious music~ knowledge. SEE ALSO: Your selfies might be leaving you vulnerable to hackers The 21-year-old noticed that a lot of people around him were taking selfies with a long-haired man sitting at the back. He had no idea the suited gentleman was Australian musician, author, screenwriter and all around living legend, Nick Cave. He reached out to Twitter for help identifying the mystery man, but initially didn't get much of a response. Does anyone know who this is? People keep asking him to sign their t shirt pic.twitter.com/Md4fU1uKZD — James Malcolm (@DieJamesMalcolm) January 17, 2017 "I only had like two replies on that photo — both jokes," Malcolm explained to Mashable over Messenger. Undeterred, the he decided to just get a selfie with the "stranger." According ...
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7 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2017 Golden Globes - E! Online
Google News - about 1 month
E! Online 7 Biggest Jaw-Droppers at the 2017 Golden Globes E! Online An award show hosted by the lovable Jimmy Fallon can have its twists and turns. The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards unfolded in atypically dramatic fashion on Sunday, with both the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the night's honorees keeping ... Inside The 2017 Golden Globes Afterparties: John Travolta Dances To The Weeknd And Everything Else You MissedUs Weekly Do the Golden Globes tell us anything about what will happen at the Oscars?Los Angeles Times What the Golden Globe Winners Really Mean for the OscarsTIME USA TODAY -AOL News -Salon -NBCNews.com all 2,785 news articles »
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The 66 Best Things in Pop Culture in 2016
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2016 was a bad year. We know it. It's been written everywhere. The world is in complete disarray. Even if you voted for Trump, you have to agree with that. Celebrity deaths were too much to handle. The Oscars were "so white." Mariah pulled a Milli Vanilli at the final hour. I could go on and on, but I won't. The year wasn't all bad. Here are my personal favorite things about the year in film, television, and music in no particular order. Share your own below. Here's hoping 2017 is better. Believe in hope. 1. The Chicago Cubs winning The World Series and Bill Murray and John Cusack's reactions to it 2. Lion - the acting, writing, and direction 3. Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences 4. David Bowie's grand exit - Lazarus 5. Bon Iver's brilliant 22, A Million 6. Everything about Nocturnal Animals 7. Letters to Cleo's comeback 8. Spider-man's awesome cameo in Civil War 9. Amy Adams in Arrival especially the scene in which she makes "contact" 10. Westworld, a serie ...
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John Travolta toils in working man melodrama 'Life on the Line'
LATimes - 3 months
The potboiler “Life on the Line” salutes the folks who risk serious injury every day to keep our power flowing. This is the kind of salt-of-the-earth story that American filmmakers don’t bother with much anymore — although frankly, there’s not much here to convince anyone they should. John Travolta...
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Jackie Chan Finally Wins Honorary Oscar After 56 Years And 200 Films
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Bridge of Words
Huffington Post - 4 months
By Esther Schor On the muggy July afternoon when I visited the Okopowa Street Cemetery, the dead Jews who'd slept on while the Nazis packed their descendants into cattle cars bound for Treblinka were still asleep. After hours tracking the contours of the Ghetto behind a detachment of Israeli soldiers, I was relieved to be among the lush ferns, rusted grilles, and mossy stones. Here and there, tipped and broken monuments had settled where they'd fallen among yellow wallflowers. In other sections, weeded, swept, and immaculately tended, huge monuments incised with Hebrew characters bore a heavy load of sculpted fruits, animals, priestly hands, and the tools of trades. The stones were cool to the touch, amid a musky odor of rotting leaves. Among the largest monuments in the cemetery—the baroque monument to the actor Ester Rachel Kamińska; the porphyry stone of writer I. L. Peretz; the ponderous granite tomb of Adam Czerniaków, who after pleading in vain for the lives of the Ghetto's ...
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25 More Celebrities (And Counting) Who Totally Nailed It With Their Halloween Costumes This Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Donald Trump Recalled Hitting On Kelly Preston In A Note About Her Son's Death
Huffington Post - 4 months
A 2009 condolence note Donald Trump dedicated to Kelly Preston following the death of her and John Travola’s son Jett is making its way around the internet.  In the post, which was published on the now-defunct Trump University Blog, according to Mother Jones, the Republican presidential candidate recalled trying to make advances on Preston after meeting her at a club. Again, this was a condolence note to a mother who just lost her teenage son.  “I met Kelly Preston at a club and worked like hell to try and pick her up,” he allegedly wrote. “She was beautiful, personable, and definitely had allure. At the time I had no idea she was married to John Travolta.”  The post continued, “In any event, my track record on this subject has always been outstanding, but Kelly wouldn’t give me the time of day. She was very nice, very elegant, but I didn’t have a chance with her, and that was that.”  Trump went on to say that once he found out Preston was married to Travolta he “respecte ...
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The ‘Friends' Theme Song, Performed By Your Favorite Film Characters
Huffington Post - 4 months
This mashup of the “Friends” theme song will be there for you ― when the rain starts to pour. Movie characters appear to belt out The Rembrandts’ 1995 hit song “I’ll be there for you” in YouTuber Ross Thompson’s glorious new supercut. The British movie critic chopped up clips from films featuring John Travolta, Ben Stiller, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a whole host of other Hollywood stars, editing them together to make it seem as if they were, in fact, singing along. Thompson posted the clip to his YouTube channel, “The Unusual Suspect,” on Wednesday. “Here’s a quick little ‘Cinema Sings’ video I did while on holiday,” he wrote. “Nothing crazy here but hope you like it anyway.” It follows his similar movie remixes of songs by Blink 182, The Offspring, Paramore and The Village People.    Check it out in the clip above, and see how it compares to the original below: H/T Laughing Squid type=type=RelatedArticl ...
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Ethan Hawke, John Travolta star in western revenge tale 'In a Valley of Violence'
LATimes - 4 months
The Great Western Revival of 2016 rolls on with the arrival of “In a Valley of Violence,” marking an assured genre transition for horror filmmaker Ti West. While it may lack the enthusiastic critical consensus of  “Hell or High Water” or the epic mainstream appeal of “The Magnificent Seven” remake,...
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John Travolta Opens Up About Son Jett's Tragic Death In 2009
Huffington Post - 5 months
John Travolta discussed the loss of his late son, Jett, in a new interview with “Good Morning America” on Monday. The 16-year-old, who was autistic and had a history of seizures, died in 2009 after having a seizure and hitting his head on a bathtub in the Bahamas.  “We certainly have bonded together,” the actor said about his family in the years that have passed since Jett’s death. “Certainly having little Ben has been a beautiful kind of glue for us to rebond after a tremendous loss.” Travolta and his wife, actress Kelly Preston, have a 16-year-old daughter named Ella and 5-year-old son Benjamin, who was born after Jett’s death.  Travolta has spoken about his son’s death before, calling it “the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life” in a 2014 interview with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London, via BBC.  “The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” the actor said. “Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me bett ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Travolta
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 62
    In 2016, Travolta returned to TV in the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, titled The People v. O.J. Simpson.
    More Details Hide Details The series was developed by screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and he portrayed Robert Shapiro.
    In 2016, Travolta received his first Primetime Emmy Award as a producer of the first season of the anthology series American Crime Story, subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson, also receiving an additional nomination for his portrayal of lawyer Robert Shapiro.
    More Details Hide Details Travolta, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, an inner-ring suburb of New York City. His father, Salvatore Travolta (November 1912 – May 1995), was a semi-professional American football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company. His mother, Helen Cecilia (née Burke; January 18, 1912 – December 1978), was an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher. His siblings, Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta, have all acted. His father was a second-generation Italian American and his mother was Irish American; he grew up in an Irish-American neighborhood and has said that his household was predominantly Irish in culture. He was raised Roman Catholic, but converted to Scientology in 1975.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 60
    In September 2014, Travolta denied claims made in January 2014 by his former pilot, Douglas Gotterba, that they had shared a sexual relationship while working for Travolta's aircraft company, Alto, for six years before leaving voluntarily in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Gotterba argued that he was not bound by any confidentiality agreement during his term in the position.
    In 2014, he received the IIFA Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema.
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  • 2012
    Age 58
    A judge ruled to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Travolta and his attorney Marty Singer by writer Robert Randolph. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey dismissed the case on September 27, 2012, because he found that a letter, written by Singer in response to allegations in a book by Randolph, had free speech protection.
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    In May 2012, an anonymous masseur filed a lawsuit against Travolta citing claims of sexual assault and battery.
    More Details Hide Details A lawyer for Travolta said that the allegations were "complete fiction and fabrication" and someone wanting their 15 minutes of fame. Travolta's counsel also stated that his client would be able to prove that he was not in California on the day in question and asserted that Travolta would "sue the attorney and Plaintiff for malicious prosecution" after getting the case thrown out. A second masseur later joined the lawsuit making similar claims. Both lawsuits were subsequently dropped by the complainants and dismissed without prejudice.
  • 2009
    Age 55
    In 2009, Travolta's son, Jett, died at age 16 while on a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas.
    More Details Hide Details A Bahamian death certificate was issued, attributing the cause of death to a seizure. Jett, who had a troubled history of seizures, reportedly suffered from Kawasaki disease at the age of two. Travolta confirmed speculation that his son had autism and suffered regular seizures and immediately made his public statements while giving testimony after a multimillion-dollar extortion plot against him in connection to his son's death. After a mistrial, Travolta dropped the charges and has credited his immediate family and Scientology with helping him survive the death of his son and in moving forward with his film career. In memory of his son, Travolta founded the Jett Travolta Foundation, a non-profit organization to help children with special needs. It has contributed to organizations such as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center
  • 2008
    Age 54
    In 2008 he lent his voice for the film Bolt, in which he played the title role.
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  • 2007
    Age 53
    In 2007, he starred in Wild Hogs and played Mrs. Edna Turnblad in the remake of Hairspray, his first musical since Grease.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 37
    Travolta married actress Kelly Preston in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had a son, Jett (April 13, 1992 – January 2, 2009). Their daughter, Ella Bleu, was born in 2000 and a third child, a son named Benjamin, was born in 2010 in Florida. Travolta and Preston have regularly attended marriage counseling; Travolta has stated that therapy has helped the marriage. In May 1991, Time magazine published a cover story entitled "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power". In the article, former Church of Scientology Executive Director William Franks alleged that Travolta was wary of leaving the faith because he feared the Church would publish detailed revelations of his private life, to include homosexual behavior. These claims were reiterated by Franks and other Scientology defectors in Lawrence Wright's 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, and former Church official Marty Rathbun claimed that he worked with Travolta's attorneys several times to keep allegations about Travolta's homosexuality out of the press and resolve lawsuits against the star.
  • 1989
    Age 35
    In 1989, Travolta starred with Kirstie Alley in Look Who's Talking, which grossed $297,000,000, making it his most successful film since Grease.
    More Details Hide Details Travolta continued to the two sequels Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and Look Who's Talking Now (1993). But it was not until he played Vincent Vega in Quentin Tarantino's hit Pulp Fiction (1994), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, that his career revived. The movie shifted him back onto the A-list, and he was inundated with offers. Notable roles following Pulp Fiction include a movie-buff loan shark in Get Shorty (1995), an FBI agent and terrorist in Face/Off (1997), a desperate attorney in A Civil Action (1998), a Bill Clinton-esque presidential candidate in Primary Colors (1998), and a military investigator in The General's Daughter (1999). Travolta also starred in and co-produced Battlefield Earth (2000), based on a work of science fiction by L. Ron Hubbard, in which he played the leader of a group of aliens that enslaves humanity on a bleak future Earth. The film received almost universally negative reviews and did very poorly at the box office. Travolta's performance in Battlefield Earth also earned him two Razzie Awards.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 26
    In 1980, Travolta inspired a nationwide country music craze that followed on the heels of his hit film, Urban Cowboy, in which he starred with Debra Winger.
    More Details Hide Details After Urban Cowboy, Travolta starred in a series of financial and critical failures that sidelined his acting career. These included Perfect, co-starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and Two of a Kind, a romantic comedy reteaming him with Olivia Newton-John. During that time he was offered, but turned down, lead roles in what would become box office hits, including American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman, both of which went to Richard Gere.
  • 1977
    Age 23
    Travolta was in a relationship with actress Diana Hyland, whom he met while filming The Boy in the Plastic Bubble; Hyland died of breast cancer in 1977.
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  • 1976
    Age 22
    Travolta had a hit single entitled "Let Her In", peaking at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1976.
    More Details Hide Details In the next few years, he appeared in two of his most noted screen roles: Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever (1977) and as Danny Zuko in Grease (1978). The films were among the most commercially successful pictures of the decade and catapulted Travolta to international stardom. Saturday Night Fever earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. At age 24, Travolta became one of the youngest performers ever nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. His mother and his sister Ann appeared in minor roles in Saturday Night Fever and his sister Ellen appeared as a waitress in Grease. Travolta performed several of the songs on the Grease soundtrack album.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 18
    Travolta's first California-filmed television role was as a fall victim in Emergency! S2E2), in September 1972, but his first significant movie role was as Billy Nolan, a bully who was goaded into playing a prank on Sissy Spacek's character in the horror film Carrie (1976).
    More Details Hide Details Around the same time, he landed his star-making role as Vinnie Barbarino in the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979), in which his sister, Ellen, also occasionally appeared (as Arnold Horshack's mother). The show aired on ABC.
  • 1971
    Age 17
    Travolta attended Dwight Morrow High School, but dropped out as a junior at age 17 in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details After attending Dwight Morrow High School, Travolta moved across the Hudson River to New York City and landed a role in the touring company of the musical Grease and on Broadway in Over Here!, singing the Sherman Brothers' song "Dream Drummin'". He then moved to Los Angeles to further his career in show business.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 0
    Born in 1954.
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