‘My favorite dance partner’: John Travolta pays tribute to late wife Kelly Preston' on her 60th birthday

Preston was 57 when she died in 2020 after struggling with breast cancer for years

‘My favorite dance partner’: John Travolta pays tribute to late wife Kelly Preston' on her 60th birthday
John Travolta has wished 'happy birthday' to late wife, Kelly Preston (Manny Carabel/Getty Images and Instagram/ @johntravolta)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: John Tavolta fondly remembered his late wife, Kelly Preston, on October 13, which would have been her 60th birthday. Taking to his Instagram page, the 68-year-old actor posted an old photograph of him with Preston and wrote: “Happy birthday to my favorite dance partner! We love you and miss you Kelly.”

Preston was 57 when she died in 2020 after struggling with breast cancer for years. She and Travolta had been married for nearly three decades and became parents of three children — Jett Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Benjamin Travolta. Following the actress’ death, a representative for the family said: “On the morning of July 12, 2020, Kelly Preston, adored wife and mother, passed away following a two-year battle with breast cancer.”

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The statement added, “Choosing to keep her fight private, she had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends. She was a bright, beautiful and loving soul who cared deeply about others and who brought life to everything she touched. Her family asks for your understanding of their need for privacy at this time.”

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Actors John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston pose at the after party for the premiere of Lions Gates'
Actors John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston pose at the after party for the premiere of Lions Gates' "Eulogy" at the Palomino Restaurant on October 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The ‘Saturday Night Fever’ actor’s birthday wish for his loving wife came months after he paid her tribute on Mother’s Day. Posting a short video on the social media platform that began with a black and white photo of Travolta with a message that read: “From me to you,” he noted, “We love and miss you Kelly. Happy Mother’s Day 💐❤️.”

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Their daughter also posted her love for her late mother while sharing a throwback picture of her with Preston. In the caption, she wrote, “I’ve learned a lot from all of the strong and powerful women in my life, I thank you all for being such wonderful role models. I miss and love you, mama. Happy Mothers to all of the wonderful moms out there!💖”

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As per reports, Preston was a loving mother, who knew from an early age that she wanted to have children. In 2011, she reportedly said, “I've always wanted to be a mother, ever since I was 11. I absolutely adore my kids. Johnny and I love them up constantly. Ella's like, 'Mom, ugh! Thank God you had Ben because now he can take some of the kisses.'”

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Actors Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

In the same year when she became pregnant with her third child, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ star told PEOPLE, “We had tried for three years, and because of our age we thought maybe it wasn't possible for us. So when we got the news [that I was pregnant], we were completely blown away. I had no morning sickness. I didn't have a lot of cravings and tried to eat primarily organic, but threw in the occasional mini white powdered doughnut. All my pregnancies were easy, but this perhaps was the easiest.”

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Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta of
Kelly Preston (L) and John Travolta of "Gotti" pose with their children Ella Bleu Travolta (R) and Benjamin Travolta at the red carpet screening of "Solo: A Star Wars Story" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

At the time, Preston also revealed her daughter’s reaction over the news as she added, “We both told her together right after we found out. You would have thought Ella was having Benjamin herself because of her enthusiasm about his arrival — she was elated, to say the least. When she first saw him, she fell in love.”

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