During the Oscars’ In Memoriam segment, the actor was overjoyed to pay tribute to his girlfriend and late «Grease» co-star Olivia Newton-John. After paying tribute to some of Hollywood’s greatest actors who died last year, Travolta, 69, sobbed. He asked the audience and viewers to remember his deceased colleagues in the entertainment industry.
«They touched our hearts, made us smile, and became good friends to whom we will always be hopelessly loyal,» the father of three added, quoting a song by Olivia Newton-John from 1978. Sandy, their iconic musical comedy character, sang that hit.
After completing his remarks, John mustered the courage to welcome Lenny Kravitz to the stage. Ray Liotta, Angelo Badalamenti, Jean-Luc Godard, Irene Cara, Julie Reichert, Burt Bacharach, Angela Lansbury, Mary Alice, James Caan, and Raquel Welch were among the film industry luminaries honored in a beautiful tribute video.
Fans praised John’s candor and sincerity. Many people expressed their warm support for him, noting that despite his personal loss, the actor was able to present this segment of the show.
«Travolta, Travolta!» He’d recently lost his third love! His wives are Kelly Preston, Olivia Newton-John, and Kirstie Ally. «Wow, that’s a lot of work for anyone!» exclaimed one user.
Kelly Preston died of breast cancer in 2020, and John’s longtime lover, Kirstie Ally, died of colorectal cancer in December. Newton-John died in August 2022, at the age of 73, after a courageous and public battle with cancer.
The actress died peacefully at her Southern California home, surrounded by family and friends. Travolta was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to the late actor.
Olivia had battled breast cancer twice before being diagnosed again in 2017. She had spent the previous five years at home, advocating for animal rights and raising money for charities via the internet.
«She’s been a big part of my life for a long time. Something didn’t seem quite right. «I was afraid it would come back, but I told myself, ‘I’ll get over it again,'» Olivia said of her illness.