John Travolta didn’t leave the Oscars on Sunday night with a gold statuette, but he did get to take home a brand new pet.
During a tribute to late comedian Betty White during the In Memoriam portion of the ceremony, Jamie Lee Curtis brought out a little dog named Mac N Cheese, reminding the audience of White’s dedication to rescuing animals and encouraging viewers to adopt rather than shop. The message clearly hit home with Travolta and his family as following the award show, his 11-year-old son Ben adopted Mac N Cheese.
On Monday, Curtis shared a sweet photo of the actor, his son, and their new dog all smiling for the camera on her Instagram account. She wrote alongside the shot, “A MAGICAL ending to the story from last night. At the Oscars I reconnected with my friend, John Travolta. @johntravolta We starred together in the movie PERFECT back in 1984. I had already left the Dolby theater last night after honoring Betty White and was on my way home when someone texted me a photo of John holding little mac & cheese in the green room before his presentation of the best actor Oscar.”
She continued, “I thought it was so beautiful to see him with her and then today I found out that he and his son, Ben have adopted beautiful little mac & cheese and are taking her home today. It is an emotional end and a perfect tribute to Betty White and it shines a light and AMPLIFIES the message that heroes who, like Betty, and Chad from @pawworks and Nancy from @perfect_pet_rescue and the team at @maedayrescue and the hundreds of thousands of other rescues, who love and support ANIMALS, that rescuing animals and offering them shelter from the storm of life and a warm and loving home is one of life’s most important actions we humans can take!” She concluded the post with the hashtag “#adoptdontshop.”
During her Oscars tribute to White, who died in December 2021 at age 99, Curtis said “She was not only a Golden Girl, she was a legend. She brightened every room she walked in and brought a smile to all who watched her on the screen day in and day out, for almost a century.” The actress then went on to address why she was cradling a dog in her arms, explaining, “She was a woman who cared so much for not just her two-legged friends but for animals just like this one. So, the greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac N Cheese from Paw Works. Thank you, Betty, thank you for being a friend to us all.”
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