Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday, was the Sandy to John Travolta’s Danny within the hit film musical “Grease.”
WASHINGTON — Actor John Travolta, who starred alongside Olivia Newton-John within the film musical “Grease,” posted a tribute to the late Newton-John after her loss of life was introduced on Monday.
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so a lot better,” Travolta wrote. “Your impression was unbelievable. I really like you a lot. We are going to see you down the street and we’ll all be collectively once more. Yours from the primary second I noticed you and endlessly! Your Danny, your John!”
Newton-John, whose gross sales topped 100 million albums, died Monday at her southern California ranch, John Easterling, her husband, wrote on Instagram and Fb. She was 73.
From 1973-83, Newton-John was among the many world’s hottest entertainers. She had 14 high 10 singles simply within the U.S., gained 4 Grammys, starred with Travolta in “Grease” and with Gene Kelly in “Xanadu.” The fast-stepping Travolta-Newton-John duet, “You’re the One That I Need,” was one of many period’s largest songs and has bought greater than 15 million copies.
Newton-John’s latest albums included “Stronger Than Earlier than”; a vacation collaboration with Travolta, “This Christmas,” and the autobiographical “Gaia: One Lady’s Journey,” impressed by her battle with most cancers and by the lack of her father.
In 1981, in the course of the infancy of MTV, Newton-John launched “Bodily.” That music topped the charts and was accompanied by an iconic video that mixed comedy and sexuality as obese males in a health club immediately reworked into their muscular alter egos.
In the course of all this got here the position that launched her to super-stardom. She performed Sandy Olsson, the Australian teen who was reunited at Rydell Excessive Faculty along with her summer time fling Danny Zuko (Travolta) in 1978’s “Grease.” Her solo hit from that film, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” would earn her one other Grammy nomination for Finest Feminine Pop Vocal Efficiency.
The success of “Grease” could be Newton-John’s pinnacle on the large display screen. It was adopted up with movies like “Xanadu” and a reunion with Travolta in “Two Of A Form.” From there, it was largely smaller roles for her.
Queen Elizabeth bestowed Newton-John with the Order Of The British Empire in 1979. She additionally acquired the Officer of the Order of Australia, that nation’s highest honor.
Newton-John battled most cancers greater than as soon as and did so publicly. She was identified with breast most cancers in 1992 and beat it. Docs discovered most cancers in her shoulder after a 2013 automotive accident. Then in 2017, she discovered her breast most cancers returned and had unfold to her again, leading to a tumor on the base of her backbone.
The most cancers reached stage 4, and Newton-John revealed to “60 Minutes Australia” that she did not need to know the way a lot time she had.
“If any person tells you, you might have six months to reside, very presumably you’ll since you consider that. So for me, psychologically, it is higher to not have any concepts of what they count on, or what the final person who has what you might have lived, so I do not tune in,” she mentioned.
Olivia Newton-John is survived by her husband, “Amazon John” Easterling. Collectively they have been devoted to causes to guard the Amazon rainforest. She additionally has a daughter, Chloe, from her first marriage to Matt Lattanzi.
The Related Press contributed to this report.