Dolly Parton said she was saddened to lose her “special friend” Dame Olivia Newton-John, following her death at the age of 73.
The US country legend said she was “so happy our lives have passed” as she joined the online tribute to the actress and singer.
The British-born singer passed away “peacefully” at her ranch in southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by family and friends, her widow confirmed.
After the news was announced, famous names from the world of television, film and music took to social media to share memories and offer condolences to her family.
Sir Elton John, Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow were among those to pay tribute to the “beautiful and courageous actress”.
Parton wrote in a statement: “So sad to lose my special friend Olivia Newton-John.
“It was so happy that our lives crossed all paths. I know her voice is singing beautifully with the angels.
“With love, Dolly.”
Sharing a picture of the couple on Instagram, Hollywood star Paltrow wrote: “Olivia Newton John, I hope you know how much you mean to us.
“You are a great inspiration in many ways. I think I believed We were Magic because of you. “
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The Australian comedian and actress said it was “beyond an honor” to play her daughter Chloe Lattanzi in A Few Best Men.
“Seeing you star in the big Hollywood blockbuster GREASE with your natural voice was instrumental to me as a little girl, helped me believe that an Australian girl could play the lead role. in major international musicals.
“You were the reason I auditioned for the movie GREASE in my high school when I was 15 years old – I was only in the chorus, but it was a start! You tried to teach me about health years before I took it seriously.
“You have been so good to me and so lucky to know you Olivia.
“I’ll never forget we sang the piano during our lunch break together on set – you’re a complete legend! I’m so sad you’re gone.”
Veteran singer Sir Elton has shared a collection of snaps of him and Dame Olivia together on Instagram as he remembers his “warm and loving friend”.
He wrote: “The saddest news when waking up. Olivia is a beautiful and courageous woman, whom I have never heard of complaining of her illness.
“A beautiful voice and a warm and loving friend. I will miss her very much. My condolences to her family and loved ones.”
Australian actress Delta Goodrem, who played Dame Olivia in the biopic Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, recalled fond memories of the singer, including the time they met. together in New York when she was 7 years old.
She also revealed that Dame Olivia sent her a “beautiful letter” from the star when she herself was diagnosed with cancer years later.
She told Australian news program Sunrise: “There is something about everything, every moment she is an example of being a role model… and leading the way in kindness.
“What she has done for so many people, she continues to turn into this constant pillar of strength, positivity and hope and that’s what people feel from her.”
Pop giant Carey recalls a “moment she will never forget” when she performed Hopelessly Devoted To You with star Grease in Melbourne, Australia.
She said she first “fallen in love” with Dame Olivia’s voice as a child and feels “lucky” to have her around on many occasions.
Along with a selection of photos of them performing together, the singer describes her as “the kindest, most generous and lovable person she has ever met”.
Sir Rod Stewart hailed his “wonderful friend” as the “perfect woman”, adding that she was “splendid, with great poise and with a certain Australian flair”. .
The singer also revealed that her black spandex pants in the final scene of the 1978 classic Grease were the inspiration for his style in Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? song released in the same year.
Oprah Winfrey recalls the dinner she had with Dame Olivia in 2019, commenting on her positive view of her cancer diagnosis as “contagious”.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue said Dame Olivia “was and always will be” an inspiration to her.
“Since I was 10 years old, I have loved and respected Olivia Newton John,” the singer wrote on Twitter.
“And, I always will. (Like this photo @nfsaonline) She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many ways.
“My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER. “
Sharing a photo of the couple together, Peter Andre hailed her as “a true icon” who is “warm, kind and caring”.
“I will never forget this night. I had the honor of performing with Olivia Newton John for the Spina Bifida charity concert in Australia,” he said.
“She was very warm, kind and caring to everyone backstage. She’s still the same every time we see each other.
“A true icon. Sad day.”
Nancy Sinatra said that although she did not know Dame Olivia, she admired her for “the way she faced her health battles”.
“Beautiful and strong, she fought to the end,” she wrote.
“My heart goes out to her family and all those who loved her. It’s just not fair.
“Speed up, Olivia. We will always give you hopelessly. “
Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, tweeted: “Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir.
“Olivia is not only a dear friend, but one of the most beautiful people I have had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will definitely miss her.
“She is now riding in Heavenly Father’s arms.”
US singer Richard Marx, who has also duet with Dame Olivia, said he would “miss her every day”.
“My heart is broken. Now rest in peace, sweet friend,” he wrote on Twitter.
“You are still as kind and loving a person as you used to be. I will miss you every day. “
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