John Travolta and Princess Diana famously shared a dance at a White House dinner back in 1985 and it quickly became iconic… but Travolta has noww insisted that the dance was all her idea!
On November 9th, 1985, the Grease star made the late Princess Diana a very happy royal.
An exclusive clip was shared with People from the new PBS special In Their Own Words: Diana, Princess of Wales, and Travolta, sixty-seven, said that they danced away thanks to the former first lady at the time, Nancy Reagan.
“About 10 o’clock at night, Nancy Reagan tapped on my shoulder and said, ‘The princess, her fantasy is to dance with you. Would you dance with her tonight?'” Travolta explained in the documentary.
But the movie star’s heart was racing when he asked Diana to dance…
“She looked up and I said, ‘Would you care to dance with me?’ and she said ‘Yes!’ I took her and the whole room cleared. We danced for what felt like fifteen minutes.”
And the iconic picture, captured by former chief official White House photographer Pete Souza, shows Travolta all suited up in a black tuxedo and a bow tie while Diana wore a midnight-blue Victor Edelstein mermaid gown with a sapphire diamond and pearl choker and matching earrings.
“I made this photograph more than thirty-five years ago, but remember the moment as if it were yesterday,” Pete Souza said. “Diana also danced that night with President Reagan, Tom Selleck, Clint Eastwood, and Neil Diamond. She did not dance with Prince Charles,” he also announced.
And Travolta really opened up about how much he loved dancing with the Princess…a real fairy tale moment!
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“We bowed when it was over and she was off, and I was off, and my carriage turned into a pumpkin,” he said.
The songs that played as they danced the night away were from Travolta’s movie, Saturday Night Fever, as well as other movies he starred in.
Travolta skyrocketed to fame after the release of the film Grease in 1978, a year after Saturday Night Fever. The icon has also starred in a range of other movies like Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, and Staying Alive.
However, Travolta has been grief-stricken recently as his beloved wife Kelly Preston passed away last year at the age of fifty-seven, after fighting cancer for 2 years.
Travolta was an amazing husband, is an amazing father, and a lovely human being. And let’s be real, we think everyone’s dream would be to dance with Travolta!
Wouldn’t you want to?