Idina Menzel was immortalized in Oscar history in the March 2 Academy Awards ceremony this year, Unfortunately, she was immortalized for having her name mispronounced in bizarre fashion by Battlefield Earth star John Travolta.
The contrite Travolta, who has never actually won an Oscar himself, issued a statement a few days later saying he had been “beating himself up” over the error, broadcast to the domestic audience of 43 million and millions more in other countries, and apologizing to the “Let It Go” singer whom he had mysteriously identified as “Adele Dazeem,” making the 42-year-old Jewish New Yorker sound like a British pop star of Arabic descent.
But it turns out that wasn’t the end of Travolta’s contrition over the incident, which is made even more inexplicable because it’s not as if Travolta had to memorize the name “Idina Menzel” beforehand. It was right there on a teleprompter in front of his face.
According to E! Online, the two-time Best Actor nominee made sure to send a massive flower arrangement to Idina Menzel sometime the week after the Oscars. The flower delivery arrived in Idina Menzel’s dressing room backstage at the Broadway musical in which she currently stars, If/Then, now running in preview performances at the Richard Rogers Theatre in Manhattan’s Times Square area.
“He sent her a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers to her dressing room. It was huge. It was his apology to her,” said an E! tattler. “It was clear he felt very bad about it. And by the size of the arrangement it was an obvious ‘forgive me please’ gesture.’”
While it was a gentlemanly move for the now-60-year-old star of Saturday Night Fever, no further apology was likely necessary. The Travolta malapropism garnered Adele Dazeem, sorry, Idina Menzel far more attention than she would have received otherwise and if anything, has served as a healthy boost to her career.
According to another source, Idina Menzel “thought it was funny.”
The flub has not hurt If/Then at the Broadway box office. The Idina Menzel-topped new musical is still in previews but is already pulling in nearly $1 million per week, an excellent performance for a show without a tie in to a movie or other previously existing selling point that has not even officially opened yet.