Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” died on Sunday. She was 57.
Her husband John Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”
The couple had three children together.
“Shocked by this sad news,” Maria Shriver said on Twitter. “Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief.”
Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, starring opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film “For the Love of the Game." In 2003, she starred in “What a Girl Wants” and as the mom in the live-action adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat.” The following year she appeared in the music video for Maroon 5′s “She Will Be Loved.”
She also occasionally appeared in films with her husband, as they did in the box-office bomb “Battlefield Earth” in 2000.
Preston and Travolta were married at a midnight ceremony in Paris in 1991 while the couple was expecting their first son, Jett.
In January 2009, Jett Travolta, 16, died after a seizure at the family's vacation home in the Bahamas. The death touched off a court case after an ambulance driver and his attorney were accused of trying to extort $25 million from the actors in exchange for not releasing sensitive information about their son's death.
Travolta testified during a criminal trial that ended in a mistrial and was prepared to testify a second time, but decided to stop pursuing the case and it was dismissed. He cited the severe strain the proceedings and his son's death had caused the family.
Both Preston and Travolta returned to acting, with Preston's first role back in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Last Song,” which starred Miley Cyrus and her future husband, Liam Hemsworth.
They had two other children, daughter Ella Bleu in 2000 and son Benjamin in 2010. Ella wrote on Instagram Sunday: “I have never met anyone as courageous, strong, beautiful and loving as you. Anyone who is lucky enough to have known you or to have ever been in your presence will agree that you have a glow and a light that never ceases to shine and that makes anyone around you feel instantly happy."
Travolta and Preston met while filming 1988′s “The Experts.”
They last starred together in the 2018 film “Gotti,” with Travolta playing John Gotti and Preston playing the crime boss’s wife, Victoria.
“Kelly’s love and life will always be remembered,” Travolta said on Instagram. “I will be taking some time to be there for my children who have lost their mother, so forgive me in advance if you don’t hear from us for a while. But please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal.”
Preston’s death was first reported by People magazine.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter have tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai, a government minister said Sunday.
The Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said that Amitabh Bachchan was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit, reports the Associated Press.
Bachchan, 77, tweeted on Saturday that he had tested positive and appealed to those who were in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to get themselves tested.
His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also had tested positive and was in a hospital.
“Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to the hospital,” he wrote. “I request all to stay calm and not panic.”
Maharashtra state Health Minister Rajesh Tope tweeted Sunday that Abhishek’s wife Aishwarya Rai and their 8-year-old daughter had also tested positive. Aishwarya is a top Bollywood actress.
Tope didn’t say whether Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya were quarantined at home or were also hospitalised.
Amitabh has acted in more than 200 Indian films over the past five decades. He is also a former politician and a television host.
The Bachchans are often called Bollywood’s first family. His wife, Jaya, is also an actress and a one-time member of Parliament.
The Press Trust of India news agency cited Tope as saying Amitabh and his son had a cough and fever. “They underwent rapid antigen test and (results) came positive,″ he said.
Mumbai is among the Indian cities worst hit by the coronavirus. On Sunday, the country’s virus caseload reached near 850,000, with 28,637 new cases announced, a new single-day high for India.
Bollywood actor Abhishekh Bachchan has also been tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, soon after his father Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan tested positive for the virus.
In his verified twitter account, Abhishek posted - “Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you."
Both father and son were tested positive for the disease at hospital on Saturday night.
Abhishek made his acting debut in 2000 with J. P. Dutta's war film 'Refugee'. His first commercial successes came with the 2004 action films 'Dhoom' and 'Run'.
He went on to earn critical appreciation for his performances in the dramas 'Yuva' (2004), 'Sarkar' (2005) and 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' (2006), later of which won him three consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2007, he portrayed a character loosely based on Dhirubhai Ambani in Mani Ratnam's drama film 'Guru', which earned him critical acclaim and a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
Along with his three Filmfare Awards, Abhishek won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for producing the comedy-drama 'Paa' (2009), which had his father Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role.
Abhishek has been married to popular actress and former Miss Universe Aishwarya Rai since 2007, with whom he has a daughter.
Amitabh Bachchan, one of the biggest superstars of Indian cinema, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 77-years-old actor himself shared this news on his official Twitter account on Saturday night.
"I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested !" - Amitabh posted from his verified Twitter account.
He was admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai where he was accompanied by his son Abhishek Bachchan on Saturday night.
Known for his 'angry young man' avatars in films like 'Don', ‘Coolie’ and ‘Zanjeer’ - the celebrated actor was previously admitted to a hospital for his recurring liver problem - which according to reports, damaged 75 percent of his liver.
Additionally, the actor contracted Hepatitis B virus in 1982 while undergoing treatment for a near-fatal accident on the sets of his film 'Coolie'.
Bachchan was last seen in director Shoojit Sircar’s film 'Gulabo Sitabo', starring alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. The film premiered on an OTT platform after the coronavirus pandemic-induced nationwide lockdown prevented it from getting released in cinema halls.
His upcoming projects include Ayan Mukerji directed film 'Brahmastra' alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and a possible comeback on his popular television show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'.
Often called as 'Big B' among his fans and peers, Amitabh Bachchan is known for maintaining sound health and disciplined lifestyle among Bollywood celebrities. He was seen to actively aware people in television and social media platforms since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and helped many nationals during the crisis.
Saturday marked the 84th birth anniversary of eminent Bangladeshi poet Al Mahmud, known as one of the greatest Bengali poets of the 20th century.
Family members and well-wishers of the poet observed the day to a limited extent due to the ongoing global pandemic situation. They placed floral wreaths at Al Mahmud’s grave in Brahmanbaria in the morning and prayers were offered to seek eternal peace of the poet’s departed soul.
The legendary poet was born as Mir Abdus Shakur Al Mahmud in Morail village of Kasba Upazila in Brahmanbaria in 1936. He received his primary and secondary education in his village within limited resources.
Mahmud came to Dhaka at the age of 21 and started his career as a proof reader-turned-journalist. He came under the spotlight of literary admirers and obtained widespread recognition after publishing his marque poem, ‘Lok Lokantor’ in 1963.
Soon he became one of those emerging Bengali poets who were outspoken in their writing on subjects like Language Movement, nationalism, political and economic repression and the struggle against the West Pakistani government.
Rural and pastoral life, rivers, village landscapes, shoals, love and human relationships have always been dominant forces in his poetry. Creating a new style in the poetic representation of emotions, he frequently utilised colloquial words from local dialects. For all these attributes, he has been considered as an individualistic genius of poetry in the subjects of nature and rural community other than Jibanananda Das and Jasimuddin.
‘Lok Lokantor’ (1963), ‘Kaler Kalosh’ (1966), ‘Sonali Kabin’ (1973) and ‘Mayabi Porda Dule Otho’ (1976) are some of the iconic collections of his poetry. His other notable poetical works include ‘Arobbo Rojonir Rajhash’, ‘Bakhtiyarer Ghora’, ‘Nodir Bhitorer Nodi’ and more. In addition to writing poetry, he wrote short stories, novels and essays such as ‘Pankourir Rakto’ and ‘Upamohadesh’.
Al Mahmud joined Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in 1975 as its Assistant Director of Research and Publication and retired in 1993 as the academy’s Director. He received Bangla Academy Award in 1968, for his masterful creations ‘Lok Lokantor’ and ‘Kaler Kalosh’.
For his outstanding contribution to Bengali literature - he received Ekushey Padak in 1986, the second-highest civilian award in Bangladesh.
Among other achievements, the poet received Joy Bangla Award (1972), Humayun Kabir Memorial Award (1972), Jibanananda Memorial Award (1972), Kaji Motaher Hossain Literary Award (1976), Kabi Jasim Uddin Award, Philips Literary Award (1986), Nasir Uddin Gold Award (1990) and Lalon Award (2011).
Cementing his legacy as one of the iconic poets in Bengali literature, Al Mahmud passed away at the age of 82 on February 15, 2019 at the Ibn Sina Hospital in the capital.