Boy In The Plastic Bubble
This was John Travolta’s breakout role in the TV film in 1976, entitled, The boy in the plastic bubble. Travolta played the leading role, a character called Tom who is born with an undeveloped immune system. He life has to be therefore restricted so that he does not catch any infections as his body would not be able to fight them off. Desperate to experience new things, Tod must move around protected by a giant bubble made out of plastic.
As he starts to explore his surroundings, he falls in love with the girl who lives in the house next door. Her name is Gina. When Tod learns he has built up enough immunity to step out of his bubble, he goes for it with Gina. Sparks were flying on-set, but it wasn’t between Travolta and the actress who played Gina. No, Travolta was linked to Diana Hyland who played Tod’s mother in the film. This was to be the first of many love-related scandals for Travolta.
Love Before Kelly
They may have seemed an unlikely pairing, but Diana Hyland and John Travolta were a pairing of true love. They were a huge eighteen years apart, but as they say, love can conquer all. They met on the set of the film, “The boy in the plastic bubble,” and played mother and son which is an unlikely pairing.
Their love was not to last as Hyland became sick with breast cancer and sadly died at the age of 41, in Travolta’s arms. The boy in the plastic bubble was critically acclaimed, and as a result, Hyland was awarded an Emmy Award, which Travolta accepted in her honor.