The British-Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who became famous worldwide for her leading role in the musical adaptation “Grease”, has died. This was announced by her husband on Monday in a statement circulated on online networks. Newton-John was 73 years old, she had been battling breast cancer for around 30 years. With loving words, John Travolta (68) remembered his “Grease” co-star: “My dearest Olivia, you made all our lives so much better,” the US actor wrote on Instagram. “Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much.” Travolta captioned his post, “Your Danny, your John!”. Travolta and Newton-John played high school couple Danny and Sandy in the acclaimed 1978 musical film “Grease”.
Born in Cambridge, England, in 1948, the granddaughter of German physics Nobel laureate Max Born and daughter of a college president who emigrated to Australia, Born founded a girls’ band as a schoolgirl. A talent contest brought the 15-year-old back to Britain. In 1966, she recorded her first record there. As a member of the Monkees imitation Toomorrow and later as Cliff Richard’s show partner on television and on tour, she worked her way up to soloist. (Source: ORF)
Following the death of Olivia Newton-John, the cancer centre she founded in Australia has also thanked the film icon for her efforts in fighting the disease. “Olivia touched the lives of many people across Australia and around the world, but especially those of our staff and patients at the Olivia Newton-John Centre, whom she encouraged, inspired and supported every day,” the centre said on Tuesday.
Here is a list of works by and about the singer and actress.