REVEAL: How John Travolta lost his first love, actress Diana Hyland, to breast cancer ten years before he met wife Kelly Preston
- Travolta met Diana Hyland on the set of The Boy in the Plastic Bubble in 1976
- He was 22 and played the then 40-year-old’s son in the movie
- They fell in love within a month and started a one-year romance
- He filmed Saturday Night Fever in 1977 when Hyland was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time
- She had already had a mastectomy and died two weeks after the second diagnosis
- Travolta then dated Catherine Deneuve and Marilou Henner before meeting Preston in 1987
- They started dating in 1990 and married in Paris the following year
John Travolta lost his first love, the actress Diana Hyland, to breast cancer in 1977, when he was 23 and 41, ten years before he met his wife Kelly Preston, who died of the same disease on Sunday.
Travolta and Hyland met while working on the movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble in which Hyland played Travolta’s mom.
The film was released in 1976, a year before Diana died in Travolta’s arms.
He planned to buy her a house and marry her, he said, but never got the chance.
John Travolta and Diana Hyland in 1976. She died of breast cancer the following year at the age of 41. Travolta was 23
In an interview with People three months after her death, he said, “I’ve never been so in love with anyone in my life. I used to think I was in love, but I wasn’t.
“I was attracted from the moment I met her. We were like two maniacs constantly talking on Bubble’s set.
Travolta met Hyland during the filming of the movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble in 1976
“Things got romantic after a month.”
The couple spent the weekend traveling and spent time with Diana’s four-year-old son from a previous marriage.
“I had more fun with Diana than ever in my life.
“And the strange thing is that just before we met, I thought I would never have a successful relationship.
“She told me that she, too, had thought the same. Then, bam, ”he said.
She had a mastectomy two years before they met and was convinced that her cancer would not return.
When she received her second diagnosis, Travolta filmed Saturday Night Fever in New York.
He flew back to be with her. She died two weeks after finding out that the cancer had returned.
Hyland had a four-year-old son from a previous marriage who embraced Travolta like his. He said he planned to marry her and that she had selected a house for them when she died
A 1976 Getty image shows Travolta and Hyland lying in bed together
Travolta continued to film Saturday Night Fever when Hyland died
“I have given her great joy in the last months of her life. I always feel like she’s with me – I mean, her intentions are.
“Diana always wanted the world to me in every way,” he said.
After Hyland, he had relationships with Catherine Deneuve and Marilou Henner.
He met Preston in 1987 and the couple married in 1991.
When he and Preston met on the set of The Experts, she was married to the actor Kevin Gage.
Travolta has described it as ‘love at first sight’. Preston said earlier, “Well, I was not happily married, let’s put it this way. I was really with the wrong person. ‘
She and Gage divorced in 1987, but she didn’t immediately start dating Travolta.
Instead, she moved in with George Clooney and had a two-year romance with him.
She also had a relationship with Charlie Sheen for Travolta.
The couple became engaged in a hotel in Gstaad on New Year’s Eve in 1990.
Pictured left: Kelly Preston and John Travolta in The Experts – the 1988 production they first met. Pictured right, Preston as Avery Bishop in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire
Preston and Travolta met on the set of The Experts in 1987. They are shown on their wedding day above, in 1991
Travolta announced on Instagram that Kelly passed away on Sunday morning. They are depicted together in a recent photo