John Travolta pays tribute to Dame Olivia Newton-John after her death

John Travolta paid tribute to his Grease co-star Dame Olivia Newton-John and her “incredible impact” following the news of her death.

The British-born singer passed away “seriously” at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning at the age of 73, as her husband confirmed her death on social media.

John Easterling said she was surrounded by family and friends.

Dame Olivia is known for her starring role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease, in which she appeared alongside Travolta, who played Danny Zuko.

Writing on Instagram, Travolta said “her impact has been incredible” and signed his tribute to the actress as “Your Danny”.

“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better,” he wrote.

“Your impact is amazing. I love you very much. We will see you on the road and we will all be together again.

“Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, Your John! “

Stockard Channing, who plays Pink Lady Betty Rizzo in the film, says Dame Olivia is “the essence of summer” in her own tribute.

“I don’t know if I know of a more likable human being,” she said in a statement to US media outlet People.

“Olivia is the essence of summer – her sunshine, her warmth and her grace are what I always think of when I think of her.

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“I will miss her so much.”

Dame Olivia’s performance has earned her many nominations, including two Golden Globes and many other film awards.

She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame nearly 41 years ago until the day of her death, on August 5, 1981.

The Grease soundtrack is one of the world’s best-selling recorded music albums and features two of Dame Olivia and Travolta’s best-selling duets: Summer Nights and You’re The One That I Want.

The latter also ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time.

The cast and crew of the musical Grease, which is currently premiering at the Dominion Theater in London’s West End, also paid tribute to Dame Olivia after a performance Monday night.

“Olivia Newton-John is an icon that has inspired countless young artists around the world, especially our company Grease in the West End,” the statement said.

“We want to dedicate tonight’s performance and the rest of the race to the memory of Olivia and all she has stood for.”

Actress Olivia Moore, who plays Sandy on the show, told the PA news agency that finding out the news during that period was “surreal” and then revealing it to the audience.

“She was the perfect person,” Ms. Moore, 26, told PA.

“The way she performed Sandy, the way she was Sandy, is perfection and I definitely take responsibility now and make sure I continue to wave that flag.”

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.

In a statement posted to Instagram, her husband John Easterling wrote: “We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.

Dame Olivia’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, paid tribute to her mother with a series of photos on Instagram.

The post included pictures of Ms Lattanzi as a baby as well as more showing the pair appearing to give interviews together.

In addition to her career in show business, Dame Olivia has become a prominent breast cancer campaigner, after being diagnosed with her first cancer in 1992.

After her first battle with the disease, she had to have part of her breast removed and reconstructed.

She remained cancer-free until her relapse in 2013, but revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades in September 2018.


Olivia Newton-John as Sandy (left) and Didi Conn as Frenchy in Grease (Paramount / Rso / Kobal / REX / Shutterstock)

At the time, she told Australian news program 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.

“Olivia has been a symbol of victory and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” her husband Easterling said in an Instagram post.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with botanical medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, which specializes in plant medicine and cancer research.”

Mr Easterling added that instead of flowers, donations will be made to Dame Olivia’s foundation.

Dame Olivia 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.

When she was named Dame in the new year 2019, she spoke of her pride in her British ancestry, after being recognized for her charitable services, cancer research and entertainment.

“I am beyond delighted, honored and grateful beyond words to be part of such a respectable group of women who have received this prestigious award before me,” she said.


Dame Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi (PA)

“Thank you to the prime minister and the main honor committee for introducing me, and of course, the Queen for graciously approving me as Dame Commander of the British Empire.

“As a girl born in Cambridge, I am very proud of my British ancestry and am grateful to be recognized in this way by the UK.”

She is survived by her husband as well as her daughter.

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