Olivia Newton-John: Grease star and singer dies aged 73
The star died of cancer, her manager told the BBC. Newton-John was a successful country music singer and musician, selling millions of records worldwide.
But it was her role as high school student Sandy in the film adaptation of Grease that catapulted her to her worldwide fame.
One of the highest-grossing movie musicals of all time, this film depicts John-Her Travolta’s Danny and Sandy falling in love for the summer and the difficulties their relationship faces. . Eventually the couple reconcile with Sandy, who shows up in tight black leather clothes.
The film was the highest-grossing film of 1978 and gave Newton-John three blockbuster singles. These singles include “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights”. Both co-starred with co-star John Travolta.
And it was the catalyst that changed both her image and her musical direction. She has ditched her innocent country and her pop image.
Travolta wrote on Instagram
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“Your impact has been amazing. I love you so much,” he wrote.
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Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin , who starred opposite Newton-John in the 1996 film It’s My Party, called her “the sweetest, brightest light” in a tribute to Twitter
And Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, wrote on Twitter that “another angelic voice joins the heavenly choir.”
Newton John was born on September 26, 1948 in Cambridge, England.
Her father was a British spy during World War II. Her mother, the daughter of German Nobel laureate Max Born, had fled with her family when the Nazis came to power in 1933.
Her family moved to Australia in 1954, where she grew up.
Her breakthrough came in 1971 when she released the Dylan-written song “If Not For You”. It reached her No. 7 in the UK charts and was also included on the album of the same name.
Between her 1974 and her 1977 years she won four Grammy Awards and had seven US number one hits.