Let’s boogie on the birthday of John Travolta (1954)

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

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On February 18, in the year 1954, Golden Globe-winning actor and singer John Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey. He is mostly famous for his roles in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease’, but he played in many more well-known movies. Happy birthday mister Travolta!

Dropped out of school
Travolta was born as one of six children of Helen and Salvatore Travolta. Salvatore owned a tire repair shop, Helen was an actress and singer. His mother enrolled him in a drama school in New York, where he learned to sing and act. He was a very talented student, but quit school at the age of 16 to become a musical comedy performer. He moved to New York and worked in several summer stock productions and television commercials. At the age of 18, he got his first Broadway role in the 1950’s hit musical “Grease”.

Back to Hollywood
After his success in New York, he returned to Hollywood to give his acting career another shot. Once in Hollywood, he played roles in multiple television shows and movies before he received an Oscar in 1978 for his role as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. That same year, he got the main role in the movie ‘Grease’, which became the best live-action movie musical of all time.

360 trivial fact
According to Travolta, one of his best performances was when he danced with Princess Diana at the White House gala of President Ronald Reagan.



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