Olivia Newton-John has passed away at age 73. After a protracted battle with cancer,
the “Grease” icon passed away at her ranch in Southern California on Monday
morning, surrounded by friends and family.
Olivia has been a symbol of victories and hope for more than 30 years as she shared
her journey with breast cancer, according to a statement posted on her official
Facebook page when the sad news was revealed. The Olivia Newton-John Foundation
Fund, which is focused on studying plant medicine and cancer, carries on her
pioneering work in plant medicine and healing inspiration.
The “Physical” singer is survived by her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, 36, and her husband
of 14 years, John Easterling.
She was best known for playing Sandy in Grease, one of the most successful film
musicals ever made.
Her Grease co-star John Travolta said she “made all of our lives so much better” while
its director said: “What you see is what you get with her.”
She died peacefully at her California ranch surrounded by family and friends.
An actress and musician, Newton-John achieved commercial success as a country
singer and sold millions of records globally.
But it was her role as high school student Sandy in the film Grease that catapulted
her to worldwide fame.
The musical was the biggest box-office hit of 1978 and gave Newton-John three huge
hit singles, including You, ‘re The One That I Want and Summer Nights, both
performed with co-star John Travolta.
And it was a catalyst for change in both her image and her musical direction –
shedding her innocent, country-pop image.
Following the news of her death, scores of fans as well as famous figures from the
world of entertainment began to share heartfelt messages and memories.
Actress Stockard Channing – who played Rizzo in Grease – said: “I don’t know if I’ve
known a lovelier human being.
“Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunniness, her warmth and her grace are
what always come to mind when I think of her. I will miss her enormously.”
Singer Rod Stewart called her “the perfect lady, gorgeous, with great poise and with a
certain Aussie sophistication”