Imagine waking up and finding out everything you believed to be true was a lie – your name, your family, your world.
In what could well be described as “TravoltaGate” a man long recognized as John Travolta’s nephew has revealed in a new book (Unbecoming Travolta: a memoir of mania and multiple personalities) that he is really suffering from multiple personality disorder and is of no relation to the famous film star – fooling the public for over 20 years.
Unbecoming Travolta is the true story of a young man who suffered multiple traumas (both physical and psychological), spawning multiple personalities, paranoid schizophrenia, and manic depression. One personality, Rikki Lee Travolta, gained fame throughout the world as John Travolta’s nephew – convincing even John Travolta’s management and security of the legitimacy of the fake relationship.
Recognized as John Travolta’s nephew, in 1996 Rikki Lee Travolta became the first celebrity guest star in the history of environmental theatre hit Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding. In 2005 he was reported alongside Donny Osmond and Patrick Cassidy as one of the Top Three headliners in the world of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. His 2002 novel My Fractured Life was named an Amazon.com Top 10 Recommendation and optioned for feature film development. In 2005, betting houses in England even went so far as to publicize 20:1 odds that he would replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
There was only one problem with the seemingly golden life of Rikki Lee Travolta – Rikki Lee wasn’t really Rikki Lee.
In 2008, Rikki Lee Travolta suffered a nervous breakdown. While hospitalized he learned for the first time that he was not a member of the famous Travolta entertainment family, but was rather a broken man suffering from dissociative identity disorder (more commonly known as multiple personality disorder), paranoid schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), anxiety, and borderline personality disorder.
Now the details of Rikki Lee Travolta’s heartbreaking battle with mental illness and how he became known throughout the world as John Travolta’s nephew are available in a new book Unbecoming Travolta: a memoir of mania and multiple personalities.
The book (ISBN 978-1-300-75242-4) which is available through BarnesandNoble.com, Travoltanet.com, Amazon.com, holds thematic similarities to New York Times Bestseller First Person, Plural: My Life as a Multiple by Cameron West, A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar (inspiring an Academy Award winning film by the same name), and the award-winning Broadway drama Six Degrees of Separation by John Guare.