John Travolta on Nailing a Baltimore Accent in Hairspray

Aired on 05/16/2007 | CC tv-pg
In 2007, John Travolta took on one of Broadway’s most beloved roles in the musical romantic comedy Hairspray. As Edna Turnblad, the middle-aged mother of dance-loving teen Tracy, John was compelled to tackle the character’s Baltimore accent, a uniquely challenging cadence. Here, he tells Oprah how he managed to sound like a Baltimore native.

Original airdate: May 16, 2007