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The Story Of John Travolta

Season 1, Episode 4 of 6

In the 1970s, John Travolta was considered Hollywood’s Prince of Cool, with breakthrough roles in Saturday Night Fever and Grease that propelled him to worldwide fame. But throughout his life, for every dizzying career high, he has suffered terrible personal losses — from the tragic death of his girlfriend while filming Saturday Night Fever to the death of his beloved mother, also from cancer, only few months later. Explore how Travolta has survived the ups and downs of his stellar career and a personal life ravaged by tragedy. His close friend Kate Edwards reveals how the shy and insecure Travolta coped with the scale of his early fame and how sought comfort in his love of flying. Saturday Night Fever dance coach Deney Terrio shares how Travolta learned those iconic disco dance moves, and Grease director Randal Kleiser recounts how Travolta’s insecurity and grief kept him up at night. After his meteoric rise, Travolta soon fell out of fashion and by the 1980s his career was in crisis. But in 1995, he rediscovered by director Quentin Tarantino and cast in Pulp Fiction, which turned into a stratospheric comeback for Travolta. But this career renaissance was accompanied by more heart-breaking tragedy in his personal life when he lost his son Jett and then, more recently, his wife Kelly. In rarely broadcast interviews we hear from Travolta as he reveals how his faith, has helped him cope with the extreme highs and lows in his life.

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