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Originally posted 03/19/2013 03:00PM
When Princess Diana danced with John Travolta at a 1985 White House dinner, the world was awestruck.
Now one very lucky Englishwoman gets to have all that glamor to herself. An anonymous bidder purchased the midnight-blue velvet Victor Edelstein evening gown – the one that prompted Travolta to call Diana "the most beautiful woman in the room" – for more than $362,000 Tuesday at London's Kerry Taylor Auctions.
Part of the "Fit for a Princess" lot, "It sold to a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife," said auctioneer Kerry Taylor in a statement. And while the late Princess would divorce Prince Charles 11 years after that magical moment, the dress's new owner just made a grand bid for romance.
– Suzanne Zuckerman
Originally posted 02/28/2013 07:00PM
Sure there were plenty of professional photographers on hand, but did you know Kelly Preston, Norah Jones and Quvenzhané Wallis snapped personal photos from Oscar night for their favorite charities exclusively for PEOPLE?
Preston, who took pics for the Jett Travolta Foundation and Heroes Health Fund, gives readers an intimate look as she gets ready at home with husband John Travolta and daughter Ella. The three later drove off to the red carpet in their 1962 Rolls Royce.
Originally posted 12/05/2012 03:00PM
Originally posted 11/19/2012 04:30PM
Kelly Preston is speaking out about the health conditions that led to her 16-year-old son's death.
Jett Travolta – who died in 2009 after suffering a seizure and hitting his head in a bathtub at the family's vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island – suffered from autism, which Preston attributes to a series of contributing factors.
"[Jett] was autistic. He had seizures and when he was very young, he had Kawasaki Syndrome," she says on the Nov. 21 episode of The Doctors (check local listings).
Originally posted 10/22/2012 02:00PM
Hitting the half-century mark can be daunting, but for Kelly Preston, who turned 50 on Oct. 13, the milestone birthday is reason to celebrate.
"I feel incredible. It floored me for a bit, but now I love it and I feel better than I have in years," the actress tells PEOPLE. "You are as old as you feel and I feel like I'm 25!"
It doesn't hurt that Preston, who lost 42 pounds over the first 14 months after giving birth to son Benjamin on Nov. 23, 2010, has shed an additional 7 lbs. in recent months. "I go up and down one or two pounds without worrying about it," she says. "I think I'd like to stay at this weight. I feel really healthy and I have tons of energy."
Originally posted 08/14/2012 01:15PM
Ron Palillo, the boyish actor who played Arnold Horshack, the remedial-class loser on Welcome Back, Kotter, died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach, Fla., TMZ reports. He was 63.
He suffered an apparent heart attack and was found by his longtime companion, Joseph Gramm, according to the report. Rushed to the hospital, Palillo, a heavy smoker, was pronounced dead upon arrival.
According to a 1977 PEOPLE profile, Palillo's most-famous role cast him against type – he had been an overachiever from his childhood in Cheshire, Conn.
Originally posted 07/28/2012 04:00PM
Whether it's Valentines Day, someone's birthday, or just a Saturday afternoon watching the Olympics, milk chocolate can always be counted on to celebrate an occasion. But did you know there's an actual national holiday dedicated to the stuff?
Originally posted 06/25/2012 04:00PM
A former Royal Caribbean cruise room attendant accuses John Travolta in a federal lawsuit of stripping off a robe and pushing against him, then offering him $12,000 to keep quiet.
Fabian Zanzi alleges the actor said, "Take me, I will take care of you, please," during a food delivery to his cabin in June 2009, according to the U.S. District Court lawsuit filed June 21 in Los Angeles.
Zanzi, who first made these allegations to the Spanish-language news outlet 24 Horas, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery and emotional distress.
This is the latest legal action against Travolta filed by a man alleging improper sexual conduct. Travolta's attorney has fiercely denied all the allegations.
Originally posted 06/08/2012 04:00PM
John Travolta returned to the spotlight Thursday for the first time since sexual abuse allegations against him made headlines last month.
At the 40th American Film Institute Life Achievement Awards in L.A., the actor turned up as a surprise speaker to pay tribute to the night's honoree, Shirley MacLaine.
When it came to '70s movie musicals, it was MacLaine who helped get the ball rolling with her 1970 Golden Globe nominated performance in Sweet Charity. Travolta, meanwhile, capped off the decade with his robust 1977 Saturday Night Fever and 1978 Grease.
Originally posted 05/19/2012 02:15PM
The second man who filed a now-retracted $2 million sexual battery lawsuit against John Travolta has been unmasked.
The identity of John Truesdale, 40, an Atlanta, Ga., massage therapist, was revealed Saturday by the New York Daily News, whose reporters tracked down the burly, 250-pound employee of the boutique hotel Mandarin Oriental.
"I thought I was supposed to be anonymous," Truesdale was quoted as saying as he posed for a photograph near his Smyrna, Ga., home. Truesdale, a former high school football player and onetime U.S. Army medic, is a certified nail technician, a licensed massage therapist and a married father, the Daily News reports. "I can't talk about [the case]," he told the paper.
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