- When John Travolta and Diana Hyland were seen going out on the town in 1976, Travolta truly looked like he was on a date with his Mom.The 24 year old actor, who hadn’t yet found stardom on the silver screen, was one of pop culture’s hottest poster boys thanks to his role as misfit high school student Vinnie Barbarino on TV’s Welcome Back Kotter.
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Although he had appeared in a number of minor roles in cult films such as The Devil’s Rain and Carrie, Travolta made little impact in movies during his earliest days in Hollywood.
He would find his first break through television when he joined the cast of Welcome Back Kotter in 1975.
Based on the true life story of Tod Lubitch, the film was a highly emotional story about a boy that was born with a deficient immune system and forced to live his entire life in a completely sterilized environment.
In the role of Travolta’s mother was TV veteran Diana Hyland.