Remembering Olivia Newton-John

August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John Attends Annual Wellness Walk and Research Run
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Music and movie fans were saddened to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John on Monday, August 8th. The singer/actress was just 73 when her husband John Easterling announced that she died peacefully at her Southern California ranch surrounded by friends and family. Although she will be forever immortalized on screen for her role as Sandra Dee "Sandy" Olsson in the blockbuster 1978 film adaptation of the musical Grease, she had a storied career as both an actress and a pop singer. Even before starring opposite John Travolta in the career-defining musical, Newton-John found early success in 1971 with her first solo album If Not For You, with the titular track being written by Bob Dylan. Her second single "Bank of the Ohio" was a top 10 hit in the UK and Australia.

She even represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and finished fourth behind ABBA's winning Swedish entry "Waterloo." In the following years, Newton-John went on to win 4 Grammy awards and 12 nominations for her signature hits like "Let Me Be There," "I Honestly Love You," "Have You Never Been Mellow," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Magic," and "Physical." After Grease she went on to star in films like Xanadu (1980) and Two of a Kind (1983) where she reunited with Travolta.

In 1992 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and inspired fans with her courageous fight. After recovering she went on to become an advocate for breast cancer research and other health issues, however in 2019, she revealed that her cancer returned for a third time. Upon announcing her death, Newton-John's family requested that in lieu of sending flowers they donate to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, which sponsoring global research into plant medicine for cancer.

Celebrities and fans took to social media to mourn the loss of the pop icon. To celebrate her extraordinary seven decades on earth, here is a look at Olivia-Newton John through the years.

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Pat And Olivia
Pat Carroll and Olivia Newton-John, aka Pat and Olivia, on the River Thames in London, UK, 1st June 1966.
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Toomorrow
Musical group 'Toomorrow' at an airport, UK, 31st July 1970; (L-R) Benny Thomas, Olivia Newton-John, Karl Chambers, Vic Cooper. T
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Olivia Newton-John performs on 'Top of The Pops' in 1970.
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Olivia Newton John performing in 1970.
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Grease Stars
July 1977: American actor John Travolta smiles as he poses with Australian singer and actor Olivia Newton-John at a party for director Randal Kleiser's film, 'Grease,' in which they both starred, California.
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Actress And Singer Olivia Newton-John
Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John in May 1977.
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Photo of Grease Premier
At the 'Grease' premiere in 1970.
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Grease
With American actor John Travolta as they appear in the Paramount film 'Grease', 1978.
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Olivia Newton-John And Glen Campbell
Singers Olivia Newton-John and Glen Campbell (1936 - 2017) with their awards at the American Music Awards in 1976. Newton-John won two awards for Best Pop/Rock Album ('Have You Never Been Mellow') and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.
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Music - Eurovision Song Contest Rehearsals - Olivia Newton-John - Brighton
Posing with policemen in Brighton, where she rehearsed for the 'Eurovision' Song Contest in 1974.
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Connie Stevens, Ray Stevens Present Olivia Newton-John With Award On 1975 American Music Awards
1975: (L-R) Connie Stevens, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Stevens at the American Music Awards.
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Olivia Newton-John visits Atlanta Braves 05-09-1982
Olivia Newton-John visits Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro in 1982.
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Photo of Olivia Newton-John
In her music video for "Physical".
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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
During an interview with host Johnny Carson on March 14, 1975.
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The Royals meet the stars at the Entertainment centre tonight.Princess Diana talking to (L to R) Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John at the Entertainment center.
Princess Diana talking to (L to R) Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John at the Entertainment center in 1988.
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Rehearsal for the NSW Royal Bi Centennial Concert at the Entertainment Centre.Olivia Newton-John.
Rehearsal for the NSW Royal Bi Centennial Concert in 1988.
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Performers on the Hollywood Nights TV Special
(L-R) Musicians Cliff Richard, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Gibb and Elton John perform on the "Hollywood Nights" TV special in March 1980.
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32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals and Pressroom
Olivia Newton-John & Patty Loveless during The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
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2nd Annual "Eyes on the Environment - 25 Woman Leaders in Actions"
Olivia Newton John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi during 2nd Annual "Eyes on the Environment - 25 Woman Leaders in Actions" at UN Secretariat Lounge in New York City.
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"Xanadu" Wrap Party - February 9, 1980
Kenny Ortega and Olivia Newton John during "Xanadu" Wrap Party in 1980.
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Olympia: Olivia Newton-John übergibt Flamme an Rafter
At the 2000 Olympics with tennis star, Patrick Rafter.
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Olivia Newton-John Home Shoot
Olivia Newton-John at her home in Malibu, California in 2002.
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Olivia Newton-John Home Shoot
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National Tree Day 10th Anniversary Launch
Attending the National Tree Day 10th Anniversary Launch at Sydney Park in 2005.
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2013 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala - Inside
Olivia speaks onstage during the 2013 G'Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in 2013.
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Australian singer Olivia Newton-John arr
Olivia in 2005.
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The 39th Annual CMA Awards - Capital Records Post Party - Red Carpet and Inside
Keith Urban and Olivia Newton-John during The 39th Annual CMA Awards.
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Olivia Newton-John Makes Official  Arrival To Flamingo Las Vegas In Original "GREASE" Car
Olivia is greeted by Las Vegas entertainers from the shows 'Jubilee' and 'Chippendales' during her welcome event to celebrate her Vegas residency in 2014.
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ONJ Gala - Arrivals
Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling
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Qantas Airways Spirit of Australia Party
Actor John Travolta and actress Olivia Newton-John attend the Qantas Airways Spirit of Australia Party in 2012.
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The Academy Presents "Grease" (1978) 40th Anniversary
With John Travolta at the 'Grease' 40th anniversary screening in 2018.
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Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run
Chloe Lattanzi, John Easterling and Olivia in 2019.
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Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run
Daughter Chloe Lattanzi and Olivia Newton John attends the Olivia Newton-John Wellness Walk and Research Run in 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Olivia Newton-John Leads The Wellness Walk in Melbourne
Supporting the Cancer & Wellness Centre by leading the way on this charitable walk in 2014.
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Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen - Season 17
Olivia appears on 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.'
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Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief Concert
Olivia Newton-John performs during Fire Fight Australia on February 16, 2020.
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