Friday, June 20, 2014

John Travolta Ranked #21 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list

  • Ranked #21 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • He appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine 4 times, the most for any actor (through 1994).
  • He was named Man of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Club in 1981.
  • Richard Gere practically owes his film career to Travolta. Travolta turned down the leads for Days of Heaven (1978), American Gigolo (1980), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), and Chicago (2002), all of which went to Gere.
  • John Travolta married Kelly Preston twice. Their first wedding on 5 September 1991, by a French Scientologist minister, was declared illegal. The couple met during the filming ofThe Experts (1989).
  • John Travolta and Kelly Preston had a son, Jett Travolta (13 April 1992 - 2 January 2009).
  • His son, Jett Travolta, was conceived during a weekend at the home of Demi Moore andBruce Willis. (source: Premiere August 1996, p.60).
  • Brother of Joey Travolta; Ellen Travolta; Ann Travolta; Margaret Travolta and Sam Travolta.
  • Was the youngest of six siblings. Parents: Salvatore and Helen Travolta of Englewood, NJ.
  • During the filming of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) he fell in love with Diana Hyland, 18 years his senior. She died of cancer in his arms in 1977.
  • Pilots a multitude of jet aircraft. Most notable aviation feat is successful landing at Washington National of a Gulfstream IIB with complete electrical failure. Conditions at the time were night, IMC, icing. December of 1993.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.
  • In July 1978 he became the very first male to make the cover of "McCall's" magazine.
  • He pilots three Gulfstream jets and a Learjet. Also owns a Boeing 707.
  • His second child with Kelly Preston, daughter Ella Bleu Travolta was born, weighing in at 4.08 kilos (nine pounds). [April 2000]
  • Read for the Tom Hanks role in Splash (1984) but was discouraged by his agent from doing the film.
  • Was signed on to play rock star Jim Morrison in an early 1980s biopic about The Doors. Due to legal problems, the project was dropped.
  • Did yoga and boxing to cut his love handles for the film Swordfish (2001).
  • Was told to gain thirty pounds for his role in the movie Primary Colors (1998).
  • Owns homes in Santa Barbara, California; Ocala, Florida; Maine; and in his wife's home state of Hawaii. Main residence is in Ocala, Florida where he owns a large home, complete with airstrip for his planes.


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