Dame Olivia Newton-John’s close friend Jane Seymour paid tribute to the Grease star for “changing the world” as she recalled her final days before her death from cancer.
The British singer and actor passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning at the age of 73, with her husband John Easterling confirming the news on social media.
Dame Olivia, raised in Australia, is known for her role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease, in which she appeared opposite John Travolta, who played Danny Zuko.
Former Bond girl and Golden Globe winner Seymour met Dame Olivia in 1976 after moving to Los Angeles from the UK.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, she clutched two photos of them together and said: “She’s a really special person. She changed the world in many ways, especially in terms of what she did with cancer. Basically, instead of hiding things in her life, she opened her heart and said, ‘This is what I got, this is what it looks like’.
“And then when it came back, again she was very open. I spoke to one of her family today and I said, ‘If I talk about her, is there something I should or shouldn’t say?’ They said, ‘You know what? She laid it all out there’. She cared about everyone else, she made a huge difference.
“Her legacy is extraordinary, not only as a performer but as a friend and champion of those battling cancer.”
Recalling their last meeting before her death, Seymour added: “The last time… she didn’t know I was coming. She got the date wrong.
“Somehow, she put on some kind of clothes and walked out and she just kept looking around and she said, ‘Look at those hummingbirds, look at the sky, look at nature. . It beautiful right? ‘ That was who she was. She just captures every moment.”
Appearing on the BBC’s Breakfast programme, Australian singer Peter Andre said Dame Olivia was “always smiling”.
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The couple performed together at a spina bifida charity concert in Australia and remain friends.
He said, “I could say that she was one of those people who always showed a certain kind of aura, a certain kind of aura that not many people can emit.
“And I know that we talk about warmth and kindness as separate from her professional career, but really, it all seems to have come together – that’s the impression I’ve always had.
“And you’re never disappointed when you meet her, she’s always smiling, always so lovely.”
Australian TV presenter Richard Wilkins, a close friend of Dame Olivia, said he spoke to Travolta and that he was “just heartbroken”.
Appearing via video call in a black suit and tie, he told Good Morning Britain: “He’s too rough to talk to. Of course, they shared an incredibly close bond after starring together in one of the world’s most beloved films, from 1978.
“Olivia leaves a huge hole in the world, not only because of her iconic music and cinematic performances, but in Australia and around the world, she has spoken very openly about her life. fight cancer and is a ray of hope for millions of people around the world. “
It comes after Travolta paid tribute on Instagram shortly after the news of Dame Olivia’s death was announced on Monday night.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better,” he wrote.
“Your impact is amazing. I love you very much. We’ll see you on the road and we’ll all be together again.
“Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, Your John! “
Other Hollywood collaborators and A-listers paying tribute to Dame Olivia include Kylie Minogue, Peter Andre, Dionne Warwick, James Gunn and Edgar Wright.
In addition to her hit role in the film, Dame Olivia is also a multi-platinum-selling artist, with two singles and two albums earning certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The singer also represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with the song Long Live Love.
She placed fourth in the competition, held in Brighton, losing to Abba, with their hit song Waterloo.
She is survived by her husband as well as her daughter.
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