Fans And Celebrities React To Death Of 'Grease' Star Olivia Newton-John
By Sarah Tate
August 8, 2022
The world is mourning the loss of another pop culture icon after Olivia Newton-John passed away at the age of 73.
A representative for Newton-John confirmed on Monday (August 8) that the beloved actress died peacefully at her ranch in Southern California surrounded by friends and family. Her cause of death was not immediately known; however she has battled breast cancer for over three decades.
John Easterling, Newton-John's husband, penned an emotional tribute to his late wife on her verified Instagram page, writing, "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."
Most known for her iconic role as Sandy in the hit movie musical Grease, Newton-John went on to star in another fan-favorite movie Xanadu as well as had a successful singing career, with hits like "Twist of Fate" and "Physical." Her most recent acting credits were 2020's The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee and 2017's Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.
The actress's colleagues and fans alike took to social media to remember the star, including an emotional tribute from Grease co-star John Travolta. Keep reading to see their reactions.
We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 8, 2022
Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. My first real crush as a kid. I loved Grease & her music & I coincidentally also bought & lived in for a while the wonderful home she built in Malibu. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️ https://t.co/gP10SJWqFZ— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 8, 2022
💔 Olivia Newton John. When my sis&I were little we used to watch Grease on repeat. We were obsessed. I was obsessed with her. So charming and so beautiful with this spark within a veneer of girl-next-door. One of the first romance leads I felt affinity to. May she rest in peace— Bolu Babalola (pure) 🍯&🌶 (@BeeBabs) August 8, 2022
I am SO saddened at the news of the passing of Olivia Newton John. I remember being so star struck when I met her at my first Hollywood gathering for Paramount. She was the sweetest and brightest light and I loved getting to know her on "It's My Party." RIP dear, sweet Olivia. pic.twitter.com/4FFgolVQNk— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 8, 2022
Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir. Not only was Olivia a dear friend, but one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will most definitely miss her. She now Rests in the Arms of the Heavenly Father 🥲🙏🏾♥️— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) August 8, 2022