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Ellen Travolta

Ellen Travolta
Personal information
Birth dateOctober 6, 1940(age 76)
Place of birthEnglewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1976 present
SpouseCraig Respol (divorced) 
Jack Bannon (1983-present)

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Ellen Travolta (born October 6, 1940) is an American actress, the eldest sibling of John Travolta. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Louisa Arcola Delvecchio, the mother of Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) in the 1950s-based sitcom Happy Days, and its unsuccessful spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi. She also played mother to Scott Baio on Charles in Charge from 1987 to 1990.

Her first truly notable role came playing Mrs. Horshack-O'Hara in three episodes of Welcome Back, Kotter. Her brother, John Travolta, portrayed Vinnie Barbarino in the series. Later in the 1970s, she played Dorothy Manucci in the short-lived series Makin' It.

She also had two bit parts, one as a waitress in her brother John's movie Grease and in Are You in the House Alone? as Miss Rouillard.

From 1994 to 1996, Travolta played Gloria Cerullo on General Hospital.

Additional television credits include Judging Amy, Passions, The Pretender, The Single Guy, Murder, She Wrote, Quincy, M.E., Three's Company, Eight is Enough, Diff'rent Strokes, The Love Boat, CHiPs, What's Happening!!, All in the Family, General Hospital, Makin' It and Medical Center.

She is married to actor Jack Bannon, son of actress Bea Benaderet, and they live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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