There’s no doubt that Princess Diana brought smiles and happiness wherever she went. Many people found themselves smitten by her personality, crowds gathered wherever she was, and it didn’t take her long to win over not only the hearts of the British people but also people of the world.
Just like any other person, John Travolta was also one of the people who greatly admired the late Princess, and luckily, he had the golden chance to dance with her. He truly lived his fairytale moment, all thanks to First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Travolta Making His Mark
John Travolta is not just anybody – he is an American actor, singer, and pilot. Since his hit television sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, and the horror movie Carrie (1976), he has been ruling the screens. Since then, his projects have only been hits, including Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Urban Cowboy.
After dealing with setbacks in the 80s, Travolta shot right back up with roles in films like Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Phenomenon, Broken Arrow, A Civil Action, and many more. With a fancy filmography like that, it would’ve been impossible for the Princess to say no.
A Dance of a Lifetime
Everyone dreams of getting a chance to dance with their favorite celebrity; in this case, John Travolta and Princess Diana got to dance with their favorite celebrity. It all happened in the White House when former President Ronald Reagan invited John Travolta during a royal visit.
The two times Oscar-nominee talked about feeling nervous when walking into the presidential building as he felt like an ‘extra’ amongst the high-profile attendees of the dinner. According to Royal Historian Kate Williams, Princess Diana was climbing the ladder of fame and recognition.
In The Words of John Himself
He narrates that around 10 o’clock, Nancy Reagan tapped on his shoulder and told him that the Princess is looking forward to dancing with him, to which he responded with a yes. Mrs. Reagan then told him that she’d escort him to the Princess at midnight so that he could ask her for a dance.
Moments later, they took center stage and danced for what felt like a good 15 minutes to John. Fairytales don’t always come true, but some moments in our lives feel like they are straight from a fairytale.