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2020-07-13 15:49:26

 
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John Travolta lost first love Diana Hyland to breast cancer 43 years before Kelly Preston

 

Kelly Preston’s death from breast cancer Sunday was a tragic end to her 29-year marriage to John Travolta, which bore three children: Ella Bleu, Benjamin and the late Jett, who died in 2009 of a seizure.

Preston’s passing at 57 is, sadly, not the first time 66-year-old Travolta has lost a significant other to breast cancer.

In 1977, actress Diana Hyland, who the actor had been seriously dating for a year, died of the very same cause. At 41, she was 18 years older than 23-year-old Travolta, and somewhat scandalously played his mother in the TV movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.”

As soon as the cameras rolled, Travolta was smitten.

“I thought I was in love before — but I wasn’t,” Travolta told People magazine in 1977. “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.”

Hyland never had the career her young superstar boyfriend would go on to enjoy. Already the star of TV’s “Welcome Back, Kotter,” Travolta would make “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977 and the iconic movie-musical “Grease” in 1978 — a stretch of extreme success he’d never again repeat.

At the time of her death, Hyland was mostly known for TV roles such as “Peyton Place” and “Eight is Enough.” She also had one significant Broadway part, playing Heavenly in Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” opposite Paul Newman. Still, she was a well-regarded actress that many believe would’ve done great things.

Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977, and despite undergoing a mastectomy, her prognosis got worse. Dedicated til the end, Travolta was with Hyland when she died, telling People he “felt the breath go out of her.”

The actor never thought of his early romance as a fling.

“I picked out a house, and Diana and I were planning on moving in right after this movie,” he told People. “If she was alive, it is very possible I would have married her.”

FILED UNDER         7/13/20

Actress Kelly Preston, who starred in “Jerry Maguire” and was married to actor John Travolta, has died of breast cancer, her husband wrote on social media. She was 57 years old.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta wrote on Instagram.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many. Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” the actor wrote.

Preston held other prominent roles in films such as “Twins” and “For Love of the Game.”

The couple, who wed in 1991, have two children, 20-year-old daughter Ella and 9-year-old son Benjamin.

Preston and Travolta had another son, Jett, who in 2009 died of a seizure at the age of 16 during a family vacation in the Bahamas.

Three weeks ago, Preston posted a photo to her Instagram account with Travolta and their children to celebrate Father’s Day.

“Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you,” she wrote.

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Kelly Preston and husband John TravoltaEPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Travolta, in his statement, said he will be taking time off following Preston’s death “to be there for my children who have lost their mother.”

 

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