"I better give it my all"

John Travolta Dancing With Princess Diana Was Like "A Fairytale"

John Travolta Dancing With Princess Diana Was Like "A Fairytale"

John Travolta had the "privilege and honor" to dance with the beloved "People's Princess" at the White House back in 1985. The actor is opening up about that incredible fateful night.

One of the highlights of John Travolta's career is that iconic night he danced with the late Princess Diana at the White House. He has described the "fairytale" experience to Esquire Mexico in great detail. 

Princess Diana and John Travolta's White House Dance

John Travolta opened up about his perspective of the historical night he got to dance with the late Princess Diana. During a White House dinner hosted by US President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, John danced with Lady Diana in her iconic "Travolta dress."

The now 67-year-old actor explained to Esquire Mexico, "I didn't think they'd ask me to dance with her. I had the great privilege and honor of doing so, and I thought, 'There must be a reason for doing this and I better give it my all."

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Princess Diana and John Travolta on November 9th, 1985, at the White House.

"That meant lead the dance well and make sure we had fun. That was the easy part, but just the face of greeting Diana appropriately, being confident and asking her to dance was a complicated task." 

The Pulp Fiction star built up the courage and approached her, "Think of the setting. We were at the White House. It's midnight. The stage is like a dream. I approach her, touch her elbow, invite her to dance. She spins around and gives me that captivating smile, just a little sad, and accepts my invitation. And there we were, dancing together as if it were a fairytale."

The Grease star feels incredibly grateful for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. He happily reminisces about that moment saying, "Who could ever imagine something like that would happen to them someday? I was smart enough to stamp it in my memory as a very special, magical moment."

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Princess Diana and John Travolta on November 9th, 1985, at the White House.

He also told the hosts of the Dutch show Één that it was actually First Lady Nancy Reagan who was the one to tell him he should ask Lady Diana to dance. He explained, "[Nancy] said, 'It is her wish.' At midnight, I had to tap her on her shoulder, and I had to say, 'Would you care to dance?' She turned around and dipped her head in that Lady Diana way, and we were off for 15 minutes dancing."

Grateful Travolta lovingly admitted, that night "was one of the highlights of my life," and "she made my life better, and I'm very sorry that she's not here."