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Contractor dies in apparent suicide at Olivia Newton-John's home

JUPITER, Fla., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A man believed to be a contractor was found dead Monday at singer Olivia Newton-John's home in Florida, said police who labeled it an apparent suicide.
Leah Remini to write memoir about Scientology

Leah Remini to write memoir about Scientology

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. television actress Leah Remini has confirmed she intends to write a memoir about her life as a longtime member of the Church of Scientology.
John Travolta to guest star on Kirstie Alley's new show

John Travolta to guest star on Kirstie Alley's new show

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor John Travolta has announced he plans to guest star on his longtime friend Kirstie Alley's new sitcom, "Kirstie."
Police find Tarantino's stolen red Malibu

Police find Tarantino's stolen red Malibu

VICTORVILLE, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- Police in California said they have found Quentin Tarantino's Chevelle Malibu, which was stolen in 1994 during the filming of "Pulp Fiction."
Neeson, Travolta, McCarthy to be Oscar presenters

Neeson, Travolta, McCarthy to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson and John Travolta are to help hand out Oscars at Sunday's ceremony in Los Angeles.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
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Video from 'Grease' stars Travolta, Newton-John is Web sensation

Video from 'Grease' stars Travolta, Newton-John is Web sensation

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- "I Think You Might Like It," a U.S. music video from "Grease" co-stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, has been viewed on YouTube more than 475,000 times.
Alley shoots down gay Travolta rumors

Alley shoots down gay Travolta rumors

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Kirstie Alley said in an ABC News interview her longtime friend John Travolta is the greatest love of her life and not gay as people have claimed.
Newton-John, Travolta reteam for Christmas album

Newton-John, Travolta reteam for Christmas album

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- "Grease" and "Two of Kind" co-stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are reuniting to record a Christmas album, E! News said.

Actor Palillo resented 'Horshack' role

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Ron Palillo, whose funeral was held in Florida Wednesday, said for years he did not like being known as TV's high school underachiever Arnold Horshack.
Travolta and Preston smooch at premiere

Travolta and Preston smooch at premiere

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Film star John Travolta repeatedly kissed and hugged his wife, actress Kelly Preston, at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, "Savages."
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Second accuser drops John Travolta lawsuit

Second accuser drops John Travolta lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, May 17 (UPI) -- The attorney for the second man who accused John Travolta of sexual battery says his client has dropped his lawsuit against the Hollywood film star.
Travolta accuser drops lawsuit

Travolta accuser drops lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- John Travolta's lawyer says the man who filed a sexual battery lawsuit against the Hollywood star dropped his claim Tuesday.
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Kelly Preston , a cast member in the motion picture drama "The Last Song", attends the premiere of the film with her husband, actor John Travolta at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on March 25, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) 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 in the early 1980s and continued to deteriorate throughout the remainder of the decade. His career faced 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. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.

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 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 are Joey, Ellen, Ann, Margaret, and Sam Travolta. Travolta's 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 scientologist in 1975.

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.

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