Who would’ve thought that a celebrity would be humbled by a Cinderella moment?It was 1985. President Ronald Reagan was hosting a dinner in the White House together with an impressive roster of guests – celebrities, politicians, business people, and royalty.Who would forget that night in November 1985 when an iconic snapshot made it to the broadsheets?
It was of Princess Diana, one of the most celebrated royals of the United Kingdom, dancing with a commoner named John Travolta.After almost four decades, Travolta opened up about what transpired that night.The new PBS special “In Their Own Words: Diana, Princess of Wales” explores the late princess’s life through the words of the people who met her, worked with her, and quite uniquely, danced with her.
Travolta, who found himself in the company of big names, felt that he was just an “extra” that night.
So when the president’s wife, Nancy Reagan, approached him, he didn’t expect he’d take center stage with one of the most phenomenal celebrities of the time.