Death of Olivia Newton-John – live: Grease actor dies aged 73 as John Travolta pays poignant tribute

Olivia Newton-John: the actress and singer’s greatest moments

Hollywood legend Olivia Newton-John has died of breast cancer. She was 73 years old.

The actress’ husband, John Easterling, announced her death on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon (August 8).

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends,” the post read.

“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time.”

Easterling continued: “Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.”

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research.”

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‘Grease’ star Barry Pearl gets emotional in TV interview paying tribute to his late co-star

Barry Pearl – who played the T-bird and Frenchy’s boyfriend Doody in the hit musical film – paid tribute to his friend and co-star.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4 Today on Tuesday, August 9, Pearl became emotional as he recalled writing a letter to Newton-John only a week ago.

The actor said he decided to write to her after hearing from a colleague that Newton-John was “failing again” when it came to his illness and suggested “it won’t be long” until his death.

“I took it upon myself to write to him, as we sometimes shared e-mails between us and [with] The other Fat-er friends too,” he explained.

“She always signed her emails, ‘With love and light, Olivia.’ And I wrote to her – basically, if you read between the lines, she’d be able to tell that I knew something was going on – and I basically told her that, ‘On your way forward , just know that you, Olivia, are the love and the light.’

“She always exuded that positivity. Just how gracefully she handled this trip. His heart was so big.

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Mariah Carey shares photos of a couple singing together on stage

Mariah Carey paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John with a heartwarming Instagram post recounting the first time she “fell in love with Olivia’s voice.”

“I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was little and heard ‘I Honestly Love You,'” Carey wrote, praising Newton’s “beautiful airy tone and signature sound.” -John.

The singer continued, “And THEN there was GREASE. I was obsessed. I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in fifth grade and thought I was everything.

Carey then recalled when Newton-John joined her on stage in Melbourne, Australia for a duet of “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.

“It was a moment I will never forget. I was also blessed to be in her presence on many other occasions and she was one of the kindest, most generous and lovely people. I’ve ever met. She will be missed. She will be remembered. She will be loved. Olivia, I truly love you,” she said.

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban remember “Livvie”

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John aka “Livvie” in a touching Instagram post.

The couple shared a photo of themselves with the star, along with the caption, “Livvie brought the most divine light to the world…so much love, joy, inspiration and kindness.. .and we will always be desperately devoted to you – Keith and Nick.

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There was more to Olivia Newton-John than just Grease

While many people will remember Olivia Newton-John for her iconic role as Sandy Olsson in Fatthe singer and actor had a decades-long career that went far beyond musical film.

She made a name for herself as a folk musician and competed against ABBA in Eurovision before becoming a pioneering music video star and championing the healing power of cannabis. Kevin EG Perry delves into his legacy.

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Dinah Manoff Says She Was “One Lucky Pinky Lady” To Have Spent Time With Olivia Newton-John

Dinah Manoff – who played Marty Maraschino in the film – also released a statement to people magazine.

“As many will tell you, Olivia Newton-John was one of the kindest and most generous souls to ever grace the earth, and I was one lucky Pink Lady to have spent time with her during the filming of Fat“said Manoff.

“She brought light and laughter wherever she went. My deepest condolences to his family and friends at this time of great loss. »

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Stockard Channing – aka Rizzo from ‘Grease’ – remembers Olivia Newton-John’s ‘sunshine’ and ‘warmth’

Stockard Channing, who played Pink Lady Betty Rizzo, remembered his co-star as “the essence of summer”.

The actor said people magazine“I don’t know if I’ve known a more charming human being.”

“Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunshine, her warmth and her grace are what always come to mind when I think of her,” she said. “I will miss her very much.”

Jamie Donnelly, Stockard Channing, Dinah Manoff, Didi Conn in “Grease” (1978)

(Rex Features)

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Kelly Clarkson shares her performance of “Hopelessly Devoted To You”

The singer and talk show host paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John by sharing a clip of herself singing the hit song from Fat “Desperately devoted to you”.

Clarkson performed the song during an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Showreleased in 2020.

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Nancy Sinatra says she ‘admired’ Olivia Newton-John ‘for how she coped with her health battles’

The legendary singer said that while she didn’t know the late star personally, she “admired” Newton-John for the way she “fought until the end”.

“My heart goes out to her family and everyone who loves her. It’s not fair. Good luck, Olivia. We will always be desperately devoted to you,” she concluded.

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George Takei pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John, “a great emblematic artist”

The star trek the caption remembered the late actor who “left us too soon”.

Referencing his hit 1980 musical fantasy film, he said: “I’m confident she’s now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever desperately devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and joy.

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Academy Honors Grammy Award Winner and Golden Globe Nominee Olivia Newton-John

The Academy paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John in a moving message, paying tribute to the actress and her lasting legacy.

Although the actress didn’t win an Oscar during her lifetime, she received a nod for her performance of “Hopelessly Devoted To You” as well as multiple Golden Globe nominations and a Daytime Emmy Award. Newton-John also received several Grammys in 1973, 1974 and 1982.

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