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John Travolta

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Coming off a two-year run of hits like Bolt and Wild Hogs, Travolta entered 2009 on a high note. But none of that mattered on Jan. 2, when his son Jett, 16, died after hitting his head on a bathtub during a seizure. Travolta dropped out of Hollywood to mourn, spending time with his wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter Ella Bleu, 9. Yet with the November release of Old Dogs, which costars Preston and marks Ella Bleu’s debut, Travolta, 55, embraced the limelight—for his daughter’s sake. “We decided it was okay to … introduce [Ella] to the world and to give her a beautiful future in film,” he told USA Today.