In some ways, Kelly Preston’s most famous role was the one outside the movies: as John Travolta’s wife. They married in 1991 and became probably the most devotedly uxorious Hollywood couple since Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Preston and Travolta have a great sexy-funny dance routine together in the 1989 comedy The Experts, which is how they met. Preston put her acting career on hold for some of the 90s while she and Travolta started a family: having two sons, Jett and Benjamin, and a daughter, Ella. Heartrendingly, Jett died of a seizure at the age of 16, a memory which adds a new layer of sadness to today’s news, and a new layer of sombre reflection about the great pressure that woman in public life is expected to undergo. In her 20s, Preston got sexy supporting-cast Hollywood roles in movies like the 1988 box office smash Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the bizarrely un-similar titular siblings. Preston played Marnie, the woman who marries Schwarzenegger’s gentle giant while Chloe Webb plays her twin sister Linda who is paired off with wisecracking DeVito — and it is a measure of the sexist-stereotyping of Hollywood that while the men… Read full this story
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