Ellen Travolta, John Travolta’s sister, has had quite the amazing and active acting career.
She began the long journey in 1976 as an, “unknown guest star” on the popular TV series “All in the Family,” and climbed up the acting ladder to land a few opportunities on the “Happy Days” TV series, which led to many other opportunities, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
Then Ellen Travolta experienced the life changing, deeply painful event of her husband passing away in 2017. The two had been married for 34 years.
Grief is both a journey and a strangely double sided experience.
The pain will drive a person to look for relief, hope, and sometimes also distractions or an escape. But as a person intentionally makes choices to help facilitate their healing and acceptance regarding the loss of their loved one, it also often births new vision and purpose.
After Travolta lost her husband, the angle of hopefulness present in so many Hallmark movies resonated with her.
She and a neighborhood stray cat who had chosen her to be its owner would sit and watch the movies together.
Her late husband had made a point of naming all the strays in the neighborhood, and this one was no exception. He had simply named this particular orange stray “O”, according to The Spokesman Review.
O just showed up on her doorstep one day shortly after the passing of her husband.
She had just turned on the Hallmark channel, and O was outside the door meowing. She let O in, and O decided to stay.
As the two sat and watched the movies together on a regular basis, she began to experience the desire to be in a Hallmark movie.
“I wanted to be part of it because they’re hopeful, and sometimes not so realistic, but I didn’t care,” she said.
From there, she enlisted the help of her brother, John Travolta.
John made a call to his agent, who was able to take care of the rest.
John was excited for his sister, and posted on his Instagram account about her dream to be in a Hallmark movie, and her Hallmark debut, according to Cinemablend.
Lacey Chabert reposted his photo, adding how much she enjoyed getting the chance to work with Ellen Travolta.
Ellen was offered a small part in the new Christmas movie, “Haul Out The Holly,” staring Lacey Chabert. The movie Premiered on Saturday, November 26.
It can be seen again on on Saturday, December 3, according to the Hallmark Channel.