Beloved singer and actress Olivia Newton-John passed away at the age of 73 Monday, following a decades-long battle with breast cancer.
Fans arrived in droves to place flowers on her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and reminisce over the life of the Australian idol, who was also an activist for holistic and plant-based cancer treatment. An outpouring of remembrances came forth from fellow celebrities, including a particularly touching tribute from her long-time friend and colleague, John Travolta.
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!” he said in an Instagram post.
The multi-talented pair became a global sensation after the release of the 1978 musical “Grease,” which went on to be the highest-grossing film of the year and an international sensation. Newton-John at first resisted taking the part because she felt she was too old for the role, but producer Allan Carr was able to convince her to take it on and the rest was history.
In loving memory of our Sandy, Olivia Newton-John.❤️ pic.twitter.com/QGOiCrQSM3
— Grease (@GoGrease) August 8, 2022
Some years later, she had to defend her character’s transition from sweet to sexy because activists from the #MeToo movement ostensibly needed a famous person to criticize.
“It’s a movie. It’s a story from the 50s where things were different. Everyone forgets that, at the end, he changes for her, too. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement. It’s just a girl who loves a guy, and she thinks if she does that, he’ll like her.”
“And he thinks if he does that, she’ll like him. I think that’s pretty real. People do that for each other. It was a fun love story.”
Fellow “Grease” actress Didi “Frenchy” Conn paid a tribute to Newton-John as well.
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She took her sex appeal even further with the 1981 music video for the hit album and single “Physical” which caused the jaws of every red-blooded American male to fall to the floor.
She starred in another musical alongside Gene Kelly in the 1980s “Xanadu,” which has a cult following today but did not fair well at the box office when it was released.
Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 at the age of 44, and since then had devoted most of her career and life to charity and humanitarian endeavors. She was an outspoken proponent of the use of medicinal marijuana in patients suffering from cancer and chronic pain.
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Husband John Easterling wrote on Facebook that Newton-John’s last request was that donations be made to her foundation.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund,” he wrote.
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In one of her final interviews, Newton-John appeared on the podcast “A Life of Greatness” and said she believed there was “energy” and an existence after death.
“It’s almost like we are parts of the same computer and we go back to the main battery. I don’t have a definite definition of what it is,” she explained.
“I think there is a great knowingness out there we become part of it. I hope that the energies of the people you love will be there… I think all the love will be there… I’m sort of looking forward to that, not now, but when it happens.”
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