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John Travolta is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable and successful actors to come along. From his iconic role in Grease to his dancing feet in Saturday Night Fever, he has been in the public eye for quite some time. Now, as he gets older strange rumors have come out about him and he has lived under constant scrutiny.

Kelly Preston Wants a Divorce

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John Travolta and Kelly Preston have been married for many years. They have three children together. Tragically, their son died years ago. However, the two remained together even during their grief. Recently, there have been rumors that Kelly wants a divorce.

Early Life

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To understand John’s life now, we have to go back to his early life. He was born on February 18, 1954 to an Italian-American family in Englewood, New Jersey. He is one of 6 and was raised Catholic. His view on life and religion changed in 1975when he was introduced to Scientology.

School Boy John

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As a boy, John never excelled in school. He would charm his teachers into passing him in class and “tried to communicate with them on a more adult level.” As he became a teenager, most of his attention was spent on acting than schoolwork.

High School Dropout

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While he may have played high school students, John Travolta never graduated from high school himself. He dropped out at the age of 16 to pursue his dream of acting. “Not too many of my friends identified with what I was doing. I participated in football and basketball and did what they were doing, but not many kids understood my going to acting studios at night,” he recalls.

Beginning His Career

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When Travolta dropped out of school, he decided to move to New York City to star his career. Of course, he struggled to find gigs and jobs. However, his career finally began when he was offered a role in the Broadway touring musical Grease.

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

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The role that put Travolta on the map was The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. It aired on television in 1976. Travolta plays Tod, a boy who needs to live in a plastic bubble because of a weak immune system. He falls in love with the girl next door and tries to leave his bubble to be with her. It was on this set that Travolta was met with his first Hollywood scandal.

He Likes Older Women

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Diana Hyland played John’s mother in Boy in the Plastic Bubble. It was during filming that the two connected and started a relationship, even though Diana was 18 years older than John. Sadly, Diana died in John’s arms from breast cancer at the young age of 41.

Lip Syncing Troubles

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Right after he wrapped up filming Saturday Night Fever, John Travolta jumped into filming Grease. He was so busy and exhausted that he had some trouble with the lip syncing. Instead of “heat lap trials” he would mouth “heap lap trails.” Not to mention, they were filming this scene shortly after Diana’s death.

Welcome Back Kotter

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After the success of Grease, John Travolta wanted to keep on that high. He signed on to play Vinnie Barbarino in the ABC sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter. He filmed the show for four years and stole the hearts of women across America.

It Runs in the Family

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The acting bug runs in the Travolta family. John’s mother, Helen, was also an actress. She even had roles in Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

John’s Father

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John’s father, Salvatore Travolta, was a semi-professional football player. When he retired he opened up a tire shop in New Jersey. Sadly, he died in 1995. His death left his family devastated.

Olivia Newton-John

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John was a match made in heaven while filming Grease. They even admitted to having crushes on each other while they were filming. They are still great friends and talk once in a while.

Urban Cowboy

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While John Travolta is best known for Grease and Saturday Night Fever during the 70s and 80s, he also starred in Urban Cowboy alongside Debra Winger. The film was a hit and John proved that he was more than just an actor who did musicals.


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In the 1970s John Travolta announced that he was a member of the Church of Scientology. It was while filming The Devil’s Rain in 1975 that a female co-star to the religion introduced him when she gave him the Dianetics book.


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John Travolta will forever be an icon of the 1970s. However, towards the end of the 1980s his career started flying south. It started when he had turned down roles in American Gigolo and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Princess Diana

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The dance of John Travolta’s life was with Princess Diana at President Reagan’s White House Gala in 1985. According to Nancy Reagan, the Princess always dreamed of sharing a dance with the star of Grease.

Meeting Kelly Preston

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In 1989, John met his wife Kelly on the set of The Experts. They dated for three years and got married with a Scientologist ceremony. Though they got married in Paris, their vows weren’t recognized in the United States, so they had to get married again in Florida a couple of weeks later.

Talented Singer

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People often forget that John Travolta has some pretty nice pipes on him. While his singing career never took off, he did release a single, “Let Her In,” when he was 22 years old.

Dance Lessons

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John Travolta is known as a great dancer from his performance in Saturday Night Fever. That isn’t natural talent, though. He had to take 9 months of dance classes to prepare him for the role.

Quentin Tarantino

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Just as his career was declining, he met with Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino cast him in the classic movie Pulp Fiction alongside Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman. The movie was a hit and would become an American classic.

Flying High

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Acting isn’t Travolta’s only hobby. He also likes to fly planes. He received his pilot’s license at the age of 22 and has flown 11 different types of planes. He isn’t afraid to fly his family around for vacations either.

Home Sweet Home

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John loves flying so much that his home has a space to keep an airplane. It located on the Jumbolair Aviation Estates, so he can fly whenever he wants.


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John starred in yet another musical, Hairspray, in 2007. He played Edna Turnblad and wore a 40 pound fat suit, plenty of makeup, and women’s clothes to play the role.


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When the earthquake in Haiti happened in 2010, Travolta couldn’t just stand and watch. He filled up his personal plane with supplies and food for the victims and flew to Haiti to help anyone in need.

Devastating Tragedy

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In 2009, the Travolta’s experienced a devastating tragedy. During a family vacation, Travolta’s son, Jett, died after having a horrible seizure due to his autism and Kawasaki disease, that resulted in him hitting his head. Jett was just 16 years old. The family says that it was the “worst thing” that could happen.

Confronting Rumors

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John Travolta has faced many lawsuits and rumors including homosexual and sexual assault claims. Dealing with these claims is “the lowest I’d ever felt.” The rumors took a toll on him, his family, and his health.

Turning to Faith

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After his son’s death, John turned to Scientology for comfort. He has been active in the religion since 1975.

Tom Cruise

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Alongside John in Scientology is Tom Cruise. They are probably the biggest celebrities in the religion. “I’ve been brought through storms that were insurmountable and [Scientology has] been so beautiful for me, that I can’t even imagine attacking it,” John said to the media.

Putting on the Pressure

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Apparently Travolta will try to convert his co-stars and people he knows to Scientology. “Seeing what an extraordinary guy [Travolta] was, just such a nice person, such a kind human being, did make me think, but it was probably my first impulse of curiosity concerning Scientology,” Eddie Deezen explained.

The Documentary

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An HBO documentary came out about Scientology and claimed that Travolta was “Scientology’s captive.” There are a couple of conspiracy theories around John’s relationship with the religion. Marty Rathbun, a former Scientology exec, said, “One Scientologist told me that he was delegated to create a ‘black PR’ package – all the damaging material that they could use against Travolta, which came from his auditing sessions.”

Rumors of Homosexuality

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Rumors of homosexuality have circled Travolta for years. Even though he has been married for 30 years and has three kids, the rumors are still coming out now and again.

John’s Marriage

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Even with the gay rumors, John and Kelly’s marriage has stayed strong. Some people say that the marriage is fake while others believe the Church of Scientology set up the marriage.


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There are a few photos of Travolta kissing other men. One of those men is Kirk Douglas. Travolta claims that he kisses all of his friends and family though.

Rumors Keep Going

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Travolta has also been rumored to have sexually assaulted men. In 2012, Travolta faced a lawsuit by two men who claimed to have been assaulted by the actor. They settled for $2 million and dropped it. “This is every celebrity’s Achilles heel. It’s just about people wanting money. That’s all. It happens on many levels,” Travolta said.

Confirmed Sources

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According to Douglas Gotterba, Travolta’s pilot buddy, the two had had a sexual relationship in the 1980s. Travolta denied this claim, event though Doug claims it went on for six years.

Paying No Attention

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Travolta doesn’t pay much attention to the rumors of his sexuality. “I found it most offensive with the loss of my son. I felt like that was the lowest I’d ever felt. Sex stuff is always going to be interesting to somebody, but you stay away from family. You really should,” John said about the media after his son’s death.

Taking a Break

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In the early 2000s we didn’t see much of Travolta. He did star in Battlefield Earth, which didn’t do so well in the theaters. Almost every review was negative.

American Crime Story

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Travolta starred in the anthology series, American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson in 2016. He played defense lawyer, Robert Shapiro.

Mixed Reviews

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The show did outstanding popularity and award-wise. However, Travolta’s performance received mixed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter said he gave “a mesmerizingly bad performance from the eyebrows down.”

Good Reviews

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Not all the reviews were bad though. Vanity Fair claimed, “I started in the realm of puzzled disbelief, arrived at amusement, and ultimately travelled to a place of sincere appreciation. You simply can’t take your eyes off Travolta, and that is a form of enchantment.”

Making a Comeback

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Recently, Travolta has found himself back in the spotlight. He starred in the 2018 film, Gotti. He played John Gotti, former mob boss of the Gambino family in New York.

Taking the World by Storm

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Travolta was a huge name in the 1970s. He really took the world by storm. There wasn’t a magazine cover that he didn’t appear on or a brand that he didn’t endorse. Women loved him and men wanted to be him.

Turning Down Roles

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Like many actors, John turned down some roles on his agent’s advice. One of the roles he turned down was in Splash. The role eventually went to Tom Hanks and was a huge success.

Travolta the Writer

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John Travolta is a man of many talents. He even writes his own books. He has written Propeller One-Way Night Coach, A Fable For All Ages and John Travolta Staying Fit!


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One of John’s closest friends is Oprah Winfrey. He has been on her show a few times and even helped his friends get a spot on it. Oprah admitted that Travolta is one of her favorite actors.

All Time Favorite Movies

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Even though John stars in some people’s favorite movies, he has his own favorite movies too. He loves Yankee Doodle Dandy and A Man and a Woman.

Idina Menzel

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We all make mistakes. John Travolta is no exception. While announcing Idina Menzel’s name in 2014 at an awards show, he pronounced it “Adele Dazeem.” People definitely couldn’t let that one go.

Another Mistake

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Travolta ran into another embarrassing moment at the Oscars with Scarlett Johansson. He had gone in for a surprise cheek kiss when the cameras caught some awkward interaction. “The image that is circulating is an unfortunate still-frame from a live-action encounter that was very sweet and totally welcome. That still photo does not reflect what preceded and followed if you see the moment live,” Johansson defended Travolta.

Filthy Rich

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Travolta’s estimated net worth right now is about $170 million. That’s a lot of money for one person!

John’s Many Faces

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Another one of John’s hobbies is changing up his facial hair. He has gone through many looks through the years.

What’s Next?

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What’s next for Travolta? After his life as a teen heartthrob in the 1970s and 1980s to saving his declining career to getting over family tragedy, we can only imagine what Travolta will take on next.