September 24, 2009 in Features

Travolta revisits sad day

From Wire Reports
 
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John Travolta said Wednesday he tried desperately to save the life of his autistic, seizure-prone son as he testified against two men accused of blackmail.

With his wife, Kelly Preston, looking on inside the Nassau courtroom, Travolta said he performed CPR on his son, Jett, after a nanny alerted him the teen had fallen ill at a vacation home on Grand Bahama island Jan. 2. Jett later died from a seizure.

“I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son,” Travolta said.

Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamian Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater are accused of trying to extort $25 million from the actor.

Apparently for the first time in public, Travolta said that 16-year-old Jett was autistic. The developmental disorder is often accompanied by seizures.

Travolta, 55, has kept a low profile since Jett’s death, skipping promotional events for his latest film, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.”

The baby beat

Ellen Pompeo and Sarah Michelle Gellar have given birth to girls.

Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery and Charlotte Grace Prinze are the first children for “Grey’s Anatomy” star Pompeo, 39, and her husband, record producer Chris Ivery, and actress Gellar, 32, and her actor spouse Freddie Prinze Jr.

Poor excuse for a papa

Former child star Mackenzie Phillips says in a new book that she had a sexual relationship with her late father, musician John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, that began with rape and later became “consensual.”

Phillips said on Wednesday’s Oprah Winfrey show that the relationship lasted for a decade until she got pregnant, and he paid for her to have an abortion.

The birthday bunch

Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 67. Actor Gordon Clapp (“NYPD Blue”) is 61. Actor Kevin Sorbo is 51. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) is 47. Actor Kyle Sullivan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 21.


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