Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John died Monday at the age of 73. The news was confirmed on his official Facebook page.
“Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully this morning at her California ranch surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.”
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her battle with breast cancer. Her inspiration and pioneering expertise in medicinal plants will be continued by the Olivia Newton-John Foundation for Medicinal Plants and Cancer,” adds the statement.
In the same post, fans are asked to donate to his foundation instead of buying flowers.
In 2018, the artist revealed for the third time that she had cancer, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and a shoulder tumor in 2013. After the first diagnosis, she began to work with associations that fight this disease.
Career with music, films and more film scores
Born in Cambridge, England, the actress emigrated with her family to Australia as a child. Newton-John recorded the first single “Till You Say You Be Mine” in 1966 while in the UK, where he returned after winning an Australian television talent competition. Throughout the 1970s, she became one of the most popular singers of her day with hits like “I Truly Love You”, “Let Me Be There”, “Please Mister Please”, “Something Better to Do” or Don’ t t Stop Believin” and, already in the 80s, “Physical” or “Heart attack”.
During his musical career, he has sold approximately 100 million records, reaching the gold record at least 25 times, on 11 singles (two of them went platinum) and 14 albums (reaching platinum on two and double platinum on four). It was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards and won four: in 1973 for Best Female Country Performance for “Let Me Be There”, in 1974 for “Record of the Year” and for Best Female Pop Performance for “I’m Honestly love you” and in 1982 for the music video. of the year by Olivia Physical.
In 1974, he entered the British Eurovision Song Contest with “Long Live Love” and placed fourth the same year Abba won with “Waterloo”.
In 1978, he became a movie star, co-starring with John Travolta in Grease Brilantine.
Adapted from the Broadway musical Grease, the film became one of the top-grossing hits of the 70s, cementing the stardom of last year’s Saturday Night Fever star John Travolta and catapulting him to the pinnacle of movie stardom. Olivia Newton-John as Everlasting Sandy.
Brilantina, which tells the love story of a rebel in a black jacket and an innocent and romantic girl in high school in the 50s, had a soundtrack that became one of the biggest hits of all time, selling over 28 million copies. sold out and included the hit “You’re The One That I Want”, a duet with John Travolta that stayed on the charts for over six months, or “Hopeless Devoted to You”.
The rest of his film career did not have the same brilliance, but it eventually secured him other musical successes such as Xanadu (1980) with the themes “Magic” and “Xanadu” or romantic fantasy. “Milagre de Amor.” which reunited her with John Travolta and spawned the hits “Twist of Fate”, “Livin’ in Desperate Times” and “Take a Chance”, the latter duet with the actor.
In 2019, she was appointed an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her role in the fight against cancer and her contribution to the arts.
Olivia Newton-John was married to John Easterling and had a daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.