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Originally posted 04/26/2012 10:45AM
Barbra Streisand enjoyed a 70th birthday party to remember in Malibu, Calif., on Tuesday night, celebrating with close friends and enjoying a performance by her favorite singer, Johnny Mathis.
The legendary actress and singer was joined at Taverna Tony by about 80 guests, including John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Smith, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, her stepson Josh Brolin and Diane Lane, Kenny G and Donna Karan.
The group dined on traditional Greek food, including hummus dip, Greek peasant salad, homemade veal sausages, chicken breast souvlaki and roast baby lamb.
"It was an intimate magical event with only very close friends, people I've known and loved more than 20 years," Streisand tells PEOPLE. "The highlight of the evening was my son's film that he made for me. People kept asking, 'Who is that singing?' And when I said it was Jason, everyone was blown away by the beauty and soulfulness of his voice. Quincy Jones wanted to sign him on the spot."
Originally posted 01/26/2012 06:35PM
Robert Hegyes, best known as John Travolta's fellow "Sweathog" Juan Epstein on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has died. He was 60
Hegyes died from an apparent heart attack after having chest pains, The Star-Ledger reports. His brother tells the New Jersey paper the actor had suffered a heart attack in the last couple of years and was not well.
Hegyes, who was born in New Jersey, played a wise-cracking Jewish Puerto Rican student with an infectious wide grin. He co-starred in the classic comedy with a young Travolta, who played Vinnie Barbarino.
Originally posted 11/28/2011 05:15PM
When Kelly Preston gave birth to her son Benjamin Travolta a year ago, she knew losing the baby weight wouldn't be easy.
"When I got pregnant at 48, I didn't know if my body would bounce back," the actress tells PEOPLE.
Turns out, Preston had no need to worry. Not only did she shed the baby weight, but over the past year she's dipped below her pre-pregnancy weight – and is relishing a new figure and renewed vitality as she approaches the mid-century mark.
"I lost 39 lbs., have more energy than I had 20 years ago – and I feel amazing," Preston says. "I'm going to be turning 50 next year – holy s–––! Hey, 50 is the new 30."
Originally posted 09/29/2011 10:00AM
Actor and noted aviator John Travolta flew to N.Y.C. on his personal Boeing 707 for a meeting with the Gotti family as research for his upcoming film. But he also made time for something sweet – ice cream! Travolta popped into Serendipity 3 with a pal for a midnight snack – a banana split for him and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the friend.
Originally posted 09/22/2011 07:15PM
Most families buy plane tickets when they want to go on vacation. The Travoltas? They buy a new plane.
John Travolta recently purchased a Bombardier Challenger 601 jet that he and his family will use to travel around the globe, much to the delight of his wife and kids.
"My family fortunately loves traveling," the newly announced Bombardier brand ambassador told PEOPLE Tuesday. "Whenever I say, 'I have to go to Australia or Paris,' they say, 'When are we going? I'm there.' "
Originally posted 08/17/2011 04:00PM
While her husband, accomplished pilot John Travolta, may fly through the air with the greatest of ease, Kelly Preston apparently has found a formula for staying grounded.
Asked how she coped with the death of 16-year-old son Jett from a fatal seizure in 2009, Preston, 48, tells Health magazine for its September issue: "To be honest, [it was] the Scientology Center. I don't know if I would have made it through without it."
She adds about life's lessons she's learned, "Don't sweat the small things. Love your kids like it could be the last moment."
Originally posted 06/21/2011 05:00PM
Originally posted 05/27/2011 06:05PM
The death of Jeff Conaway at age 60 on Friday prompted two of his onetime costars, John Travolta and Marilu Henner, to remember him fondly.
"Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time," Travolta, 57, told PEOPLE.
The actors met on the set of the hit 1978 movie musical Grease. Both actors played members of the T-birds: Travolta was the lead, Danny Zuko, and Conaway played his best friend Kenickie Murdock. The role helped launch Conaway's career, and the movie became one of the screen's biggest-grossing musicals of all time.
Originally posted 05/04/2011 10:45AM
The upcoming movie about the Gotti crime family is turning into a family affair for the actors, too.
Fiore Films has confirmed that Kelly Preston will join her real-life husband John Travolta, who plays John Gotti Sr., as his onscreen wife. Victoria Gotti, in Gotti: Three Generations.
And not only that – their real-life daughter, Ella Bleu, 11, will play their on-screen daughter, Angel Gotti.
Originally posted 04/18/2011 07:00AM
The Gotti name linked to controversy – again?
John Travolta recently called his next movie, Gotti: Three Generations – in which he'll play Mob boss John Gotti Sr. – "the most interesting untold story in America."
But that doesn't mean the subject matter is sitting well with everybody.
Adding fuel to the fire was an April 12 New York press event to drum up publicity for the upcoming film. Besides Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, who's in the running to play Victoria Gotti in the picture, attended the gathering with the famous Mob daughter
As a silver spotlight is being placed on the family, both alleged victims and critics of the Gottis are expressing outrage over their glorification.
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