Tributes to Olivia Newton-John performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton

TRIBUTE poured in for Dame Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday after a long battle with breast cancer.

The British-born singer died “peacefully” at her ranch in Southern California at the age of 73.

Her husband, John Easterling, said she was surrounded by family and friends.

Dame Olivia is best known for her starring role as Sandy in the 1978 film Grease alongside John Travolta who played Danny Zuko.

The Argus: Dame Olivia Newton-JohnDame Olivia Newton-John

Travolta was among the first to pay tribute, saying her “impact was incredible” and signing off as “your Danny.”

“My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better,” he said. “Their impact was incredible. I love you so much. See you on the street and we’ll all be together again.

“From the moment I saw you, yours and forever. Your Danny, your John.”

Dame Olivia was also a multi-platinum artist, with two singles and two albums certified by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Argus: Olivia Newton-John in Brighton for Eurovision 1974Olivia Newton-John in Brighton for Eurovision 1974

In 1974 she represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 in Brighton with the song “Long Live Love”.

She finished fourth in the competition, losing to Abba, who performed Waterloo.

Councilwoman Carol Theobald was at The Dome for this historic evening.

The Argus: Abba celebrates winning Eurovision in Brighton in 1974Abba celebrating winning Eurovision in Brighton in 1974

She said programs given to viewers included a scoreboard to rate each of the acts.

She said: “I actually rated Abba for the win but I thought Olivia Newton-John, representing Great Britain, was certainly a good second, but she ended up fourth.

“They won well – they were outstanding. It was a memorable occasion.”

Stockard Channing, who played Betty Rizzo in Grease, said Dame Olivia was “the essence of summer”.

“I don’t know if I’ve known a nicer person,” she said. “Her sunshine, warmth and grace are what always spring to mind when I think of her.”

She was nominated for several awards, including two Golden Globes, for Dame Olivia’s performance.

Almost 41 years ago, on the day of her death, August 5, 1981, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

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

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

Other celebrities who paid tribute to Dame Olivia included Kylie Minogue, Peter Andre, Dionne Warwick, James Gunn and Edgar Wright.

The Argus: Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling visit the Oncology Unit at Addembrooke's Hospital in CambridgeOlivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling visit the Oncology Unit at Addembrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge

Dame Olivia became a prominent breast cancer activist after being diagnosed with the first of three cancers in 1992.

After her initial battle with the disease, she had a partial mastectomy and reconstruction.

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

The singer said she treats the condition “naturally,” using cannabis oil made from marijuana her husband grows in California to ease the pain. Tributes to Olivia Newton-John performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton

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