Singer and “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John dead at 73

By Tribute on August 8, 2022 | 7 Comments

Olivia Newton-John in GreaseOlivia Newton-John, best known for playing Sandy in the 1978 musical movie Grease, died today (August 8, 2022) at the age of 73.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” reads a statement posted Monday afternoon on Facebook by Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling.

It continued, “Olivia has been a symbol 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 researching plant medicine and cancer.”

Newton-John was born in England and moved to Australia when she was a child. Before she was recognized as an actress, she was a singer. She released her debut album at just 23 years old and competed in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, losing to ABBA. Her most famous role was opposite John Travolta in Grease (1978). Their duets “You’re the One that I Want” and “Summer Nights,” along with her wistful ballad, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” became classics. She starred in another musical film, Xanadu (1980) and reunited with Travolta in Two of a Kind (1983).

Newton-John was a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee and won four Grammys, including one for her hit ’80s single, “Physical,” which spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1992, she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and was in remission for 25 years. In 2017, she revealed the cancer had returned.

She married actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984 and they had a daughter, Chloe Rose, together. The couple divorced in 1995 but remained on good terms. She married John Easterling in 2008.

The statement closed with, “Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; sister Sarah Newton-John; brother Toby Newton-John; nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall, and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.” ~Claudia Minardi

Comments & Discussion

  1. Sheri Betty • August 8, 2022 @ 10:15 PM

    My prayers are with the family she was a wonderful woman and loved her in the movies I seen her in I loved her songs and her singing ability God bless you all

  2. Pat Redies • August 9, 2022 @ 1:44 PM

    So sorry to hear about Olivia. Liked her alot. My husband who died at 35 always had a crush on Olivia. My prayers to the family??

  3. JoAnn Schanzle • August 9, 2022 @ 3:11 PM

    I grew up with Sandy(Olivia Newton-John) I have always loved her! I am an educator for my hair line and our team would always do Sandy and Travolta on stage and we were always the hit!!! I somewhat thought I was a lot like her in the movie �Grease� I was told I looked and sounded like her (but I can�t sing) she has a special place in my heart and I can�t imagine your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family, I will miss her too!

  4. Gwen Collins • August 9, 2022 @ 3:49 PM

    It is with a very heavy heart that I start today, knowing that she has gone. R.I.P. Olivia Newton John

  5. Jana • August 9, 2022 @ 6:01 PM

    It is with a heavy heart that I join this conversation. Olivia was so gifted and so kind. Although I didn�t know her personally I felt that she gave the world a clear view of who she was. Thanks for all you did. The world is a bit better since you were in it.

  6. J • August 11, 2022 @ 10:05 AM

    So saddened by this news. I agree with Jana. What a brave and beautiful person Olivia Newton-John was. You could easily tell she was a kind and genuine person even without knowing her. RIP

  7. Jean Duchene • August 13, 2022 @ 8:23 PM

    Wow, a shocker. The aways joyful sounding, cute blonde Aussie with the memorable songs. . . gone to musical heaven?
    Shed a tear. It’s sobering, cuz she’s younger than many of her fans.
    May the family be comforted and uplifted with memoris of all she accomplished.

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