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Idina Menzel: John Travolta's Oscar flub 'threw me for like eight seconds'

Idina Menzel: John Travolta's Oscar flub 'threw me for like eight seconds'

NEW YORK, April 3 (UPI) -- The "Let It Go" singer need a few moments to recover when John Travolta butchered her name during last month's Oscars ceremony.
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Idina Menzel addresses John Travolta incident: 'He was really gracious'

Idina Menzel addresses John Travolta incident: 'He was really gracious'

March 21 (UPI) -- Idina Menzel broke her silence about the time John Travolta called her Adele Dazeem before she performed at the 86th Academy Awards.
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John Travolta on Idina Menzel Oscars goof: 'I've been beating myself up'

John Travolta on Idina Menzel Oscars goof: 'I've been beating myself up'

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- John Travolta has been beating himself up over his Idina Menzel Oscars flub.
Kate Stanton
'Adele Dazeem Name Generator' is the latest, greatest Internet toy

'Adele Dazeem Name Generator' is the latest, greatest Internet toy

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- Move over, Ellen's epic selfie. John Travolta created the most meme-worthy moment on Oscar night.
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Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon sing 'Let It Go' with classroom instruments

Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon sing 'Let It Go' with classroom instruments

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- Idina Menzel got a shot at redemption, singing her Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and classroom instruments.
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John Travolta absolutely butchered Idina Menzel's name

John Travolta absolutely butchered Idina Menzel's name

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- John Travolta introduced Broadway and "Frozen" star Idina Menzel at the Oscars Sunday night, only to butcher the pronunciation of her name.
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Poitier, Field, Hawn set to be Oscar presenters

Poitier, Field, Hawn set to be Oscar presenters

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey and Glenn Close are to serve as presenters at Sunday's Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, producers said.

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John Travolta wants to play a James Bond villain

John Travolta wants to play a James Bond villain

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. actor John Travolta said he won't stop playing villains in movies until he's played a bad guy in a James Bond film.

'After Earth' dubbed worst film of 2013

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The sci-fi flop "After Earth" starring U.S. actor Will Smith and his son, Jaden, has been crowned the worst movie of 2013 by the film site Rifftrax.com.

Church of Scientology fraud conviction upheld in France

PARIS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Church of Scientology said it would appeal to international tribunals after France's highest court upheld a fraud conviction Wednesday.
Stars line up for Queen Latifah's new talk show

Stars line up for Queen Latifah's new talk show

CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- John Travolta, Jamie Foxx, Sharon Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal and Will Smith will be among the first guests on "The Queen Latifah Show" in Los Angeles.

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."
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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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