Honorary Travolta marks photoshoot with John Travolta in Coeur d’Alene
Surreal doesn’t begin to describe the performance in front of a beaming John Travolta.
The iconic actor raised the bar after attending the annual ‘Saving Christmas’ holiday show on December 9 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, looking for cabaret singer Abbey Crawford after the show to talk about his performance. “John Travolta told me I was a great singer,” Crawford said from her home in Corbin Park. “It just blew me away.”
This is quite understandable. There was no bigger star in Hollywood than Travolta when Crawford came of age at Spokane in the late 1970s. The former “Welcome Back Kotter” star, who is 67, has become a sensation thanks to Critically acclaimed lead roles in iconic films such as “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever”.
“He’s so talented, but he’s such a cool guy,” Crawford said. “I told him how nice it was to meet him, and he was kind enough to pose for pictures. He’s the baby of the family and he’s so wonderful, but so is his sister Ellen Travolta, which is amazing.
Ellen Travolta, 82, starred in the 1980s sitcom “Charles in Charge” and also appeared in “Grease” and “Welcome Back Kotter”. Travolta’s eldest, who produced and starred in “Saving Christmas”, which ran from mid-November to mid-December, moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1994 and has long supported the Heart of Alene Summer Theater.
“I’ve known Ellen since 1995,” Crawford said. “She was adorable back then, and she gets more and more wonderful over the years. Anytime I get a chance to work with her, I join in. We did ‘Gypsy’ back then, and “Saving Christmas” is the fourth show I’ve done (at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.) Even if John Travolta didn’t come to the show, it would have been special.
“It’s always great to be a part of whatever Ellen is working on, but it was so cool to see John interacting with his family. He just adores his siblings. He was with his daughter, Ella Bleu. met four of the six Travolta siblings, and I asked Ellen if I was an honorary Travolta, and she said ‘yes’ – so that’s great! “
Crawford, 48, is an accomplished artist in her own right. “I have been doing theater for over 30 years in Spokane,” Crawford said. “I am the only cabaret singer trained in this city. Spokane has always been a city focused on sports, but the arts scene is improving.
“Into the Woods” at the Lake City Playhouse, “Bare: a Pop Opera” at the Stage Left Theater and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Spokane Civic Theater are among his acting credits. Crawford, the divorced mother of three, 22 and 18-year-old boys and a 19-year-old non-binary, has never left Spokane since choosing to raise her children and faced joint custody .
“My family is a priority, but I can work in the area,” Crawford said. “I’m going to be in the production of Ellen in 2022. I like being a part of it because Coeur d’Alene is like Christmas town. I work with my mom on TV, which is really like family, and it’s a bonus if Ellen’s brother shows up.
“I love that he lets me take pictures with him and puts bunny ears on him. When I was 8, I never imagined that I would play in front of John Travolta or work with Ellen Travolta. It’s just amazing.