Margaret Travolta

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Margaret Travolta
Born Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Relatives John Travolta (brother)
Joey Travolta (brother)
Ellen Travolta (sister)

Margaret Travolta is an American actress and a sister of actor John Travolta.

Early life[edit]

Travolta, one of six children (John, Joey, Ellen, Ann, Sam, and herself), was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Salvatore Travolta, a semi-professional football player turned tire salesman and partner in a tire company,[1] and Helen Cecilia (née Burke), an actress and singer who had appeared in The Sunshine Sisters, a radio vocal group, and acted and directed before becoming a high school drama and English teacher. Travolta's father was a second-generation Italian American and her mother was Irish American;[2][3] Her family was Catholic.[4] She was influenced at a very early age by her mother's involvement in local theatre and her sister Ellen's success on stage. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Margaret supported herself by performing in children's theatre, waiting tables and singing in cabarets.


Chicago was one of the many stops Margaret made while performing summer stock in the late 1960s. She quickly realized the city's great advertising potential by winning National TV Commercials for Sears, Nescafe and Alberto Culver. It was the Windy City where she met her husband Jim and settled down to raise their two boys. Margaret's talent, hard work and professionalism earned her the reputation of being one of Chicago's Top Voice-over Talents. Her voice career has included such clients as Disney, United Airlines, Kraft, McDonald's and Pillsbury.

She currently resides with her family in Los Angeles where she has expanded her resume into more film and television projects in complement to her commercial campaigns for Gerber, Disneyland, Home Depot, City of Hope, and Pearl Vision.

Travolta has a solid career in supporting roles, gaining respect on television and in film. Her credits include performances in the films Hangman's Curse with David Keith, Catch Me if You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, National Security with Martin Lawrence and Steve Zahn, High Fidelity with John Cusack and Jack Black (as John Cusack's mother), and While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman. Her television credits include the recurring roles of Dr. Helen Boyd on NYPD Blue and Sister Mary Margaret on Days of Our Lives, and guest starring appearances on The Drew Carey Show, Strong Medicine, and Early Edition.


Year Film Role Notes
1993 In the Company of Darkness Dr. Kohanek TV Movie/Film Debut
1995 Losing Isaiah Sandra Harris
While You Were Sleeping Admitting Nurse
1996 Chain Reaction Anita Fermi
Michael Reporter #1
1998 Mercury Rising Autism Expert Nurse
2000 High Fidelity Rob's Mom
Lucky Numbers Nurse
Traffic Economist
2001 Swordfish Hostage
2002 Pumpkin Vera Whitner
Catch Me If You Can Ms. Davenport
2003 National Security Judge
Basic Nurse #1
Hangman's Curse Debi Wyrthen
2005 Be Cool Marge
Guilt Aunt Nina
2006 Solace Nurse Reynolds
Lonely Hearts Mineola Female Dispatcher
Accepted Academic Counselor
2007 Wild Hogs Dana
Ocean's Thirteen Bank's Secretary
Enchanted Radio Therapist Voice
Sex and Breakfast Gale
2009 Old Dogs Singing Hostess
2010 How to Make Love to a Woman Mrs. Baker
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Missing Persons Unknown Role 1 episode
1998 Cupid Congressman's Wife 1 episode
Early Edition High School Principal
1999 Turks Claire Strummond 1 episode
2002 The Drew Carey Show Mrs. Bishop 1 episode
2003 NYPD Blue Dr. Helen Boyd 1 episode
The Handler Secretary
2004 Days of Our Lives Sister Mary Margaret 1 episode
2007 ER Secretary 1 episode


  1. ^ John Travolta Biography (1954-)
  2. ^ "Begorrah!! Travolta's Irish..." Showbiz Ireland. 2007-01-07. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  3. ^ Grant, Meg (February 2005). "Night Moves". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  4. ^ "The Big Question: John Travolta". "THE BIG QUESTION" BBC1. 2004-01-28. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 

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