A Saturday Night fever that never ceased
All the Travolta kids got the inspiration for acting from their mother, the Irish American Helen Cecilia, who had been an actress, a singer and a director before becoming an high school drama and English teacher.
At 17, after quitting school, John crossed the Hudson and moved to NYC. Here he soon started his career, playing a role in the touring musical “Grease”: destiny was already winking at him. TV sitcoms and singles that hit the charts were his trait, until Tony Manero was born. In 1977, the leading role in “Saturday Night Fever” made John enter the stardom: he got the Oscar nomination for Best Actor (he was 24, one of the youngest ever), and the next year he played Danny Zucko in “Grease” – see the destiny? – also performing several songs of the soundtrack.
But it’s never been all fun and games. John had his downturns, yet he has always resurged. Like in 1989, when “Look Who’s Talking” hit the box office earning him two sequels. Or in 1994, when his Vincent Vega in “Pulp Fiction” revamped his career. After that, many action movies and thrillers, a pinch of musical and TV series.
And when he’s not on stage, he dedicates his time to his second great passion: being a pilot. As James in “Look Who’s Talking”, he really has a crush on airplanes. He owns four of them and has been recently donated a former Qantas Boing 707 from the Australian Historical Aircraft Restoration Society.
What is it like being an Italian American? A stereotype? Or rather a mix of cultures and traditions? Mike Fiorito, a Newyorker from an Italian family, explores the vivacious universe of the Italian Americans in his books, finding out that there’s much more out there than just a bunch of Guidos.
New York City being struck by Corona virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for help, and he was heard. While doctors, nurses and care providers were quickly running out protections to be safe at work, an Italian American guy in love with fashion made his move. Christian Siriano, a young stylist of the NYC scene, answered the call: “If Governor Cuomo says we need masks, my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help”, he tweeted.
He’s probably one of the most popular persons of this new decade. Doctor Anthony Fauci is not only at the head of the US task force set up to fight COVID-19, he’s one of the top – if not the top – immunologist in the world. So, maybe it’s time to discover a bit more about him.
“Discovering my roots has been essential to understand who I am”. John Turturro was born on Febraury 28th 1957 but this is not the news here. John, son to a man from Puglia and a woman from Sicily, has always been so keen on his Italian heritage that he has let it influence not only his lifestyle but also his work.
Sometimes Hollywood stars shine for real in the sky. Téa Leoni is one of them: a Belgian researcher working at La Silla Observatory Centre in Chile named an asteroid after her.
An authentic Brooklynite, Marisa Tomei started loving acting at a very early age, following her theatre-addicted parents back and forth the Broadway shows. In 1984, at 20, she debuted in “The Flamingo Kid”, a movie in which she had just one line.