John Travolta has long been Hollywood royalty.
The actor is the youngest of six children. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and was raised Catholic.
In 1975, just as his career was taking off, Travolta converted to the Church of Scientology.
The now 64-year-old first rose to fame for his depiction of Tony Manero in the 1978 film, Saturday Night Fever.
He then became the complicated bad boy of every teenage girl’s fantasy playing Danny in the hit musical, Grease.
In the following decades, Travolta went on to star in a bunch of Hollywood blockbusters.
Travolta’s rise to the top of the entertainment industry was a smooth one.
His private life, however, has been a lot more turbulent.
In 1976, Travolta met actress Diana Hyland on the set of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
In the film Travolta played the role of Tod, a boy whose immune system is so fragile, he has to live his life in a plastic bubble.
Hyland played his mother in the movie. Despite their 18 year age difference, the pair soon fell in love on set and became inseparable.
“I have never been more in love with anyone in my life,” he told People in 1977. “I thought I was in love before, but I wasn’t. From the moment I met her I was attracted. We were like two maniacs talking all the time on the set of Bubble. After a month it became romantic.”
In 1977, Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.
On March 23, of that same year, she died in Travolta’s arms. She was just 41 years old.
“I felt the breath go out of her,” Travolta told People at the time.
In 1991, Travolta married actress Kelly Preston. The couple, who are still married today, had three children together – Jett, Ella Bleu and Benjamin.
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