In 2009, Ella Bleu Travolta lost her 16-year-old brother, Jett, while on vacation in the Bahamas (via the BBC). Now, at just 20 years of age, Ella Bleu Travolta also has tragically lost her mother, Kelly Preston. As John Travolta announced to Instagram, Kelly Preston lost her two-year battle with breast cancer on July 12, 2020, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. A heartbroken, Ella Bleu remembered her mother just an hour after Travolta’s post, writing, “Thank you for your help and thank you for making this world a better place. You have made life so beautiful and I know you will continue to do so always.” (via Deadline)
If social media is anything to go by, Ella had a close relationship with both of her parents. Her Instagram resembles a living family photo album, filled with virtual Easter, New Year’s, birthday, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. But other than her large following on her family-centered social media, the web has been relatively hushed about John Travolta and Preston’s beautiful daughter. Just who is she?
Ella Bleu is following in her parents' footsteps
That’s a young Ella Bleu, on the red carpet after starring in Old Dogs, the not-so-successful movie in which John Travolta and Robbin Williams struggle to take care of two seven-year-old twins, one of whom was played by Ella (via Rotten Tomatoes). While Old Dogs was Ella’s first official movie, she’d been mandating her family’s attendance at impromptu plays (think: “Hulk” and “Housewives of Maine”) long before her Hollywood debut (via Entertainment Weekly). There’s no question about it. Travolta’s daughter was born into the business. Ella Bleu who, according to Instagram, is a Harry Potter fan, also love’s her parent’s movies. What are her favorites? According to Entertainment Weekly, she’s big on What a Girl Wants, Grease and From Paris with Love. In 2019, she took a stab at her second Hollywood movie, starring alongside John Travolta and Morgan Freeman in The Poison Rose.
While Ella Bleu purportedly had “such a great time filming,” movie-goers didn’t have as great a time watching. The film was unfortunately reviewed as a “dull whodunit” (via Observer). We haven’t heard if she’s working on any other projects, but we hope she gives it a third stab.
Ella Bleu may be a rising star in Scientology
You’re looking at John and a young Ella Travolta attending the Church of Scientology. John Travolta, who confessed that Scientology helped him cope with his son, Jett’s, death, may have brought Ella Bleu into the world of Scientology (via USA Today). But since? She has been busy making her own waves (via The Things). The internet went a bit crazy in 2019 after Bleu was photographed front in center in the Church of Scientology’s Dianetics Day celebration (via Page Six). Dianetics Day, for all of you who need a refresher, is the date marking the initial publication of Dianetics, which is a “methodology which can help alleviate unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational fears and psychosomatic illnesses.” (via Scientology)
Whatever your thoughts on Scientology, she’s in the company of other powerful, Hollywood women. Kristie Alley, Elisabeth Moss, Laura Prepon, Bijou Phillips, Juliette Lewis, Jenna Elfman, and Catherine Bell are all purportedly dedicated Scientologists (via Business Insider).
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