Dame Olivia Newton-John had a long and varied career in music and film, but will be best remembered for her role as Sandy of Grease.
The Australian actor and singer has immortalized himself as a docile high school student who joins Rydell High and transforms into a girl dressed in super sexy clothes in an attempt to win people’s love. loves Danny Zuko, played by John Travolta.
The 1978 film and its accompanying soundtrack – still a favorite more than 40 years later – catapulted Dame Olivia to international fame, although she enjoyed a good degree of success in her native Australia and England.
Dame Olivia, who has died aged 73, was born in Cambridge, England, to Welsh Professor Brin Newton-John and German wife Irene, daughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born.
The youngest of three children, she moved with her family to Melbourne at the age of five.
In her teens, she forged a career as a budding star, forming a girl group with classmates named Sol Four at the age of 14 before winning a talent competition on the internet. Australian television program Sing, Sing, Sing and a. to the UK.
Although initially hesitant to return to the UK, she made the trip a year after winning the show, following her mother’s advice and while there, she recorded her first single. in 1966, Till You Say I’ll Be Mine.
Dame Olivia then teamed up with a friend from Melbourne, Pat Carroll, with the pair touring Army bases and clubs across the UK and Europe in the dual roles of Pat and Olivia.
Her second single, Bob Dylan’s cover of If Not For You, broke into the top 10 in the UK and Australia, giving her an early taste of success before her next single, Banks Of The Ohio, topped the chart. ratings in Australia.
In 1974, she represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Long Live Love, and came in fourth place the year Abba won with Waterloo.
She achieved further success in pop music in the years following Eurovision, before her career-defining role in Grease came in 1978.
At first, she was apprehensive about the role that would make her immortal, worried that she was too old to play a high school student (in 1977 she turned 29 while filming).
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However, after insisting on auditioning with her co-star Travolta, she accepted. To account for her Australian accent, the screenwriters changed the play’s original American Sandy Dumbrowski to Sandy Olsson, an Australian holidaying in the US before moving there permanently.
Grease was an instant success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1978.
Supported by songs such as You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You and Summer Nights, the film’s soundtrack topped the charts worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums. the most so far.
Arguably the most beloved musical, Grease’s popularity lasted and the cast reunited as the film celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.
After the film, Dame Olivia returned to her music career, spurred on by Grease. She continued to perform and release music until her death.
She married actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984 and the couple had a daughter, Chloe Rose, in 1986.
The couple divorced in 1995. In 2008, she married her second husband, businessman and conservationist John Easterling, and they remained married until her death.
After his first cancer diagnosis in 1992, Newton-John became a prominent breast cancer campaigner.
After her first battle with the disease, she had to have part of her breast removed and reconstructed.
She remained cancer-free until a relapse in 2013, then in September 2018 Dame Olivia revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades, telling the news program news Australia Sunday Night that doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017.
The singer said she is treating the disease “naturally” and is using cannabis oil made from cannabis that her husband grows in California to ease the pain.
She also underwent radiation treatment and cut sugar from her diet to battle cancer. “I believe I will win it,” she said.
She also said she hopes Australia will legalize medical marijuana.
In January 2019, amid reports in the US of her poor health, she shared a video message with a fan revealing “reports of my death have been released”. great a lot”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/english-born-star-olivia-newton-john-was-immortalised-in-grease-41898387.html British-born star Olivia Newton-John was immortalized in Grease