Actress Olivia Newton-John, star of 'Grease' musical, dies aged 73

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Actress Olivia Newton-John, star of 'Grease' musical, dies aged 73

Known worldwide for her role in “Grease” released in 1978, she died of breast cancer which she had been battling for many years.

Olivia Newton-John had been battling breast cancer for 30 years. The Anglo-Australian actress, world famous for the duo she formed with John Travolta in the musical Grease , released in 1978, died “peacefully on her ranch located in southern California (United States) surrounded by her family and friends” , announced Monday August 8 her husband, John Easterling, on Olivia Newton-John’s Instagram account. The star was 73 years old.

Olivia Newton-John had to undergo a mastectomy in 1992, then face two recurrences in 2013 and 2017. She put all her energy and her notoriety at the service of the fight against the disease. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for 30 years by sharing her experience of breast cancer”, wrote her husband, specifying that a fund to her name had been created in order to finance research on medicinal plants and cancer, the “Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund”. His partner in Grease , John Travolta, reacted to his disappearance on his Instagram account: “My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better (…) I love you so much. We will see you again on the road and we will all be together again. I am yours from the first moment I saw you and forever”, he wrote on social networks, signing “Your Danny, your John”. John Travolta, crowned with his success in Saturday Night Fever, blows his name for Grease. Released in 1978, the film was immediately a huge worldwide success. In France, it has 6 million admissions… That’s more than Les Demoiselles de Rochefort or even West Side Story. Everyone hums Summer nights and You’re the one that I want. And its finale becomes a myth, with the metamorphosis of Sandy, the blonde and wise high school student, into a femme fatale who appears in the middle of the fairground, cigarette in her mouth, black biker jacket, top with bare shoulders, tight lamé pants and vertiginous heels. .. On a frenzied rhythm, she sways and electrifies Danny (John Travolta), the rebel with the slicked-back banana. The original outfit was sold in 2019 at auction for… 405,700 dollars. Despite this global success, Olivia Newton-John did not continue her momentum in the cinema for long. She is filming with Gene Kelly another musical romance, Xanadu, and a new film with John Travolta, Two of a kind , but the magic works less. Apart from a few roles in film and television, she devoted herself mainly to song and to her Californian ranch where she lived surrounded by animals. She released around forty country and pop rock albums – including Physical, huge success in 1981 – and gave hundreds of concerts across the planet. In her fight against cancer, she had created the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, closely followed the progress of research, multiplied fundraising and was interested in alternative treatments. “I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man who knows medicinal plants very well. He grows cannabis for therapeutic use for me”, she said in February 2021 in the magazine People.

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