Kelly Preston’s death from breast cancer on Sunday was not the first time John Travolta had lost someone to the fatal disease.
Diana Hyland, an actress whose actor is now 66, has been out for a year, died of the same cause 43 years ago in 1977.
At 41, Hyland was 18 years older than Travolta, who was 23 at the time, the New York Post reported. She played her mother in the 1976 TV movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”.
“I have never been more in love with anyone in my life,” Travolta told People magazine in 1977. “I thought I was in love before, but I was not. From the moment I met her, I was drawn. We were like two maniacs who spoke all the time on the set of “Bubble”. After a month, it became romantic. ”
According to the media, the couple became inseparable during the shooting.
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“I have had more fun with Diana than ever in my life,” said Travolta. “And the strangest 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 thing. So, bam. ”
Travolta admitted that before Hyland’s death, the couple planned to take their relationship to the next level – and the future looked bright.
“I chose a house, and Diana and I intended to move in right after this film,” said Travolta, referring to “Saturday Night Fever” which was created several months after Hyland’s death.
“If she was alive, it is very possible that I would have married her,” he added.
While Hyland had had a mastectomy two years earlier, Travolta said “that she didn’t know she was going to die for two weeks before. ”
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During the mid-production of “Saturday Night Fever”, Hyland died in the arms of Travolta, shared the point of sale.
“I felt the breath come out of it,” he admitted.
At the Hyland Memorial, the store noted that Travolta was wearing the white suit they bought together for their planned trip to Rio after the end of “Saturday night fever”.
Travolta said Scientology, along with Hyland’s words, kept him alive while immersing himself in work. Before Hyland passed away, she said to him, “I’m going now, but you’re going to have this job.” ”
At the time, Travolta stated that he had always considered himself a single man and that there had been no one since Hyland.
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“I gave him great joy in the last months of his life,” he said. “I always feel like she is with me – I mean her intentions are. Diana always wanted the world for me in every way possible. ”
Travolta found love later. He met Preston, an actress, while filming “The Experts” in 1988. They married in 1991 and stayed together until his death at 57 years of age.
Travolta confirmed Preston’s death on Instagram and said it was the result of a two-year battle with breast cancer.
“It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly lost her two-year battle against breast cancer,” Travolta wrote on Instagram on Sunday. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many people. ”
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He continued, “My family and I will be forever grateful to his doctors and nurses at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, all the medical centers that helped, and his many friends and relatives who were with him. Love Kelly and we will always remember life. I will take the time to be there for my children who have lost their mothers, so forgive me in advance if you haven’t heard from us for a while. But know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months to come as we heal. All my love, JT. ”
Preston is survived by Travolta, his daughter Ella, 20, and his son Benjamin, 9. Their son Jett died in 2009 at the age of 16.