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Ellen Travolta in 2004
Ellen M. Travolta
October 6, 1939
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Dwight Morrow High School|
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
(m. 1964; div. 1977)
(m. 1983; died 2017)
|Relatives||Joey Travolta (brother)|
Margaret Travolta (sister)
John Travolta (brother)
Ellen M. Travolta (born October 6, 1939) is an American actress.
Ellen M. Travolta was born on October 6, 1939 in Englewood, New Jersey  to Salvatore ("Sam") Travolta (1913-1995) and Helen Cecilia (née Burke) Travolta (1912-1978). Her father was a semi-professional football player before becoming a tire salesman and a partner in a Firestone franchise called Travolta Tires. Helen Travolta was an actress and singer who appeared with "The Sunshine Sisters", a radio vocal group. She later became a drama coach, actress, and director of student productions.
She is probably best known for her portrayal of Louisa Arcola Delvecchio, the aunt of Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and mother of Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) in the 1950s-based sitcom Happy Days, and the spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. She also played the mother of Baio's character on the syndicated comedy series Charles in Charge from 1987-90. She had already previously portrayed Jimmy Baio's mother on a 1978 episode of The Love Boat. Travolta played Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara in three episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter, on which her brother, actor John Travolta, starred as Vinnie Barbarino in the series. Later in the 1970s, she played Dorothy Manucci in the short-lived television series Makin' It. She played Marion Keisker in John Carpenter's renowned 1979 television film Elvis.
Ellen Travolta has been a longtime performer and supporter of the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre where she appeared in a production of Hello, Dolly! in the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre in 2000 and 2012 playing the star role opposite her husband's portrayal of Horace Vandergelder. The theatre is the beneficiary of the Helen Burke Travolta Memorial fund, established in honor of Ms. Travolta's mother. Travolta has stated, "My mother was the beginning of all of this for us. She loved the theater, and she was always involved with the community theater and she encouraged all of us to be in it."
Travolta and Fridley divorced in 1977. She then married actor Jack Bannon on April 9, 1983. In 1994, the couple moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They remained together until Bannon's death in 2017.