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Kelly Preston and John Travolta Marriage Profile


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John Travolta and Kelly Preston in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2008.

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Considered one of Hollywood's more successful marriages, John Travolta and Kelly Preston openly talk about their good times and their down times.

News Updates:

11/24/2010: John Travolta and Kelly Preston announced the arrival of their son, Benjamin.


John Joseph Travolta: February 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey.

Kelly Preston aka Kelly Kamalelehua Palzis: October 13, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

How John and Kelly Met:

Kelly and John first met in 1987 in Toronto, Canada while making the movie The Experts. Since both were in relationships, they remained just friends.
Kelly: "Yet Johnny and I never crossed the line. We never did anything--we very much enjoyed the kissing scene, but that's all we did. There was a definite strong attraction, for lack of a better way to describe it. But I just sort of had to get my life straightened out."
Source: Jennifer Kasle. "Kelly Preston, actress, mom, and oh yeah, John Travolta's wife." Redbook. 6/1998. pg 84.

John: "When we first met, she seemed very happily married, and I thought, 'God, I'd love to be married to someone who is happy.' Then throughout that shoot I discovered she was having trouble with that particular relationship, and I helped her. She really listened to what I said and took a lot of my advice, and that made me feel better. You couldn't deny we were attracted to each other, but also we both felt it would be wrong to take part in anything when she was still married."
Source: Jeanne Wolf. "Hollywood's happiest husband." Redbook. 7/2001. pg 88.

John: "I had interest in her because even in spite of the trouble that she was having in her marriage, she was willing to stick through tough times with him, which really showed character. I just remember thinking, God, if we're ever single at the same time, I think this is really the one."
Source: Jennifer Kasle. "Kelly Preston, actress, mom, and oh yeah, John Travolta's wife." Redbook. 6/1998. pg 84.

A few years later, in 1990, John and Kelly met up again in Vancouver, Canada.

John: "At dinner I said to her, `You know, this has been three years in the making, and, well, do you want to start dating?' And she said yes. So I said okay, and that was it." Source: Jennifer Kasle. "Kelly Preston, actress, mom, and oh yeah, John Travolta's wife." Redbook. 6/1998. pg 84.

Kelly: "He always said he waited for me."
Source: Allison Lynn. "Living large." People Weekly. 1/13/1997. pg 65.

With a group of friends and family as witnesses, John proposed with a 7.5 carat yellow diamond ring on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve at a party at The Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Ring Photo: Mark Davis / Getty Images

Wedding Date:

After wedding plans became too much to deal with, John and Kelly eloped to Paris. Kelly and John were married on September 12, 1991 in a midnight ceremony at the Hotel De Crillon. Kelly wore a strapless pearl-beaded gown from Renee Strauss in Beverly Hills.


John and Kelly have had three children.
  • Jett Travolta: Born in 1992. Jett died from seizure disorder on 1/02/2009 in the Bahamas.
  • Ella Bleu Travolta: Born in 2000.
  • Benjamin Travolta: Born in 2010 in Florida.

John: "Having kids gives you a mandate to make your marriage work. Kelly and I strive really hard at it, and the kids are a big motivating factor. We make them more important than us, so it's like we have a purpose to make the marriage work in order to keep them happy. It seems to work so far."
Source: "My Kids keep My Marriage Strong." ContactMusic.com. 3/01/2005.

John: "When you have children, it's such an organic love that you are preoccupied with them. There's an implied [philosophy], kind of like 'OK, they come first and we come second.' Other parents may disagree, but I don't think Kelly and I could have it any other way. My parents didn't have all that I have, but they still made all their children come first. You could feel it. Yet they were very much in love and passionate up to the very end."
Source: Jeanne Wolf. "Why John Travolta is so happy." Redbook. 2/2003. pg 108.

John on the possibility of having another child: "Kelly and I like the idea of having a child around all the time. That's much more interesting to us than having our own time again. Kids are like lightning. You grab that lightning when you can. Plus, infants make me so happy."
Source: Lina Das. "Yes, It Really Is Him." The Daily Mail. 6/22/2007. p.32.


John and Kelly have several homes.
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Ocala, Florida
  • Islesboro, Maine
  • Hawaii beach home
  • Bahamas vacation home


John: Actor, dancer, writer, and producer.

Kelly: Actress.

Previous Marriages:

Kelly was previously married to actor Kevin Gage from 1986 through 1988.

Quotes About the Marriage of John Travolta and Kelly Preston:

John: "Marriage is complicated and you can do without it. But a baby has to have a real father and a real mother."
Source: Wensley Clarkson. John Travolta: Back in Character. 1996. pg 219.

Kelly: "I fell in love with the man, not the career."
Source: Debra Birnbaum. "Kelly Preston in Paradise." Redbook. 9/2000. pg 136.

Kelly: "One thing I've learned is that you really have to keep creating your marriage. You can't let it sort of drift off to be however it will be ... We never go to bed angry. We work it out before we go to sleep unless we're too, too exhausted. Then we put it on hold until first thing. We know what each other's buttons are --so we don't push them. Neither of us likes to yell, so we don't. I think these rules are really what have been the basis for us, because we've had so much affection, love, respect, enjoyment, and fun."
Source: Jennifer Kasle. "Kelly Preston, actress, mom, and oh yeah, John Travolta's wife." Redbook. 6/1998. pg 84.

John: "Sex is so organic and so natural that if [an unhappy sex life] becomes the reason you break up, then you didn't have a good relationship to begin with. If you had [satisfying sex] in the first place and you liked it and it starts to diminish, it has to do with something else ... But I don't think it's the most important thing in a relationship ... If you can't have fun with sex when you're married, when can you? The longer you've been with a partner, the easier it is to explore and create and have fun."
Source: Jeanne Wolf. "Why John Travolta is so happy." Redbook. 2/2003. pg 108.

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