- Exhibition Label
- Born Englewood, New Jersey
- In 1977 John Travolta helped launch the disco craze with his Academy Award–winning performance in Saturday Night Fever. He played Tony Manero, a young Italian American whose fantasy life flourished at a local Brooklyn discotheque. The disco was his outlet for an otherwise dead-end life: when Tony put on his white suit and hit the floor, his dancing ruled the night.
- Saturday Night Fever was the first film since Cabaret (1972) to showcase dance, and the soundtrack by the Bee Gees became one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.
- The dancing of the disco era fueled social dancing and club-going throughout the 1970s, perhaps most notably at New York’s Studio 54, which from 1977 to 1981 was frequented by such celebrities as Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
- Data Source
- National Portrait Gallery
- Douglas Kirkland, born 1934
- John Travolta, born 18 Feb 1954
- Credit Line
- National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
- Color photograph on paper
- Image: 49.5 x 30.3 cm (19 1/2 x 11 15/16")
- Mat (TBC): 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")