Travolta, Preston Wow Crowds, Help Infants; the Couple Attended a Fundraiser for a St. Vincent's Nursery

By Wells, Judy | The Florida Times Union, February 17, 2008 | Go to article overview

Travolta, Preston Wow Crowds, Help Infants; the Couple Attended a Fundraiser for a St. Vincent's Nursery


Wells, Judy, The Florida Times Union


Byline: JUDY WELLS

When you are as instantly recognizable as John Travolta and fly all over the world, it's hard to imagine that life holds many more "firsts." But he and his wife, Kelly Preston, experienced one Friday night - a police escort through Jacksonville's rush-hour traffic.

"Wow, this is great. We've never had one of these before," they reportedly told friends Mike Ossi and Lewis Obi, who picked them up at Craig Airport. It was also a first for Obi, who said he counted 12 motorcycles and two squad cars.

Here to help raise funds for the Marcia C. and Ricardo Morales Jr. Infant Nursery, the famous couple gave the St. Vincent HealthCare Foundation its most successful fundraiser ever. With a net expected of well over $1 million, it may be the city's most successful one-night benefit.

Preston said it was at the top of many causes they support, which include children, education, medical safety and the environment.

Another recent first for both was working with their daughter, Ella, and friend Robin Williams on the Disney film Old Dogs, scheduled for release next spring.

"For three of her seven years, she has been asking to be in the movies," Preston said.

Travolta, as proud a parent as his wife, added, "Robin told both Kelly and me that Ella is a natural-born star. It made Kelly and me so happy to both be part of Ella's first film. Words cannot explain how great of an experience it was as parents."

His next role is as the villain in a remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, with Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott. It's set to start shooting this month.

"With any role, I try to envision myself becoming that person as I read the script and prepare for the shoot. …

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