Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

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Olivia Newton-John at the Sydney State Theatre during the "Olivia Newton-John & Friends" Concert in 2008 (Photo: Leahshia Gaston)
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By the edhat staff

Pop-star and lead in the musical "Grease," Olivia Newton John, passed away at her home on Monday at the age of 73.

John's family announced her death in a social media statement saying she "has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer." For many years she owned a 12-acre estate in the Santa Ynez Valley near the river, although additional details were not immediately known.

She was first treated for breast cancer in 1992 and 25 years later, in 2017, she announced it had returned and metastaszied. She later revealed that she had been privately battling the disease's return since 2013. 

Since her initial diagnosis, Newton-John had become an advocate for cancer research and awareness, as well as for environmental causes. She started the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital and dedicated much of her creative work to the cause.

John, a native Australian, is best known for starring opposite John Travolta in the 1970s musical hit "Grease" as Sandra Dee. She followed with five No. 1 hit singles— “I Honestly Love You,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Magic” and “Physical” — won four Grammy Awards, and was named Australia’s all-time most successful solo music star.

Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling; daughter Chloe Lattanzi; a sister; and a brother.

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el_smurfo Aug 10, 2022 04:13 PM
Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

lol..."wildly inappropriate"? it's a mild opinion. I've also had very mild, but 100% factual statements about monkeypox removed today. edhat is such an echo chamber sandbox, you can't even say "is this local news?" without users catching the vapors.

Babycakes Aug 08, 2022 05:06 PM
Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

ONJ had a huge "footprint" in our local area. I believe that she had a horse ranch in the SYV off of Figueroa Mountain Road. Every person who I know who met her professionally/socially said that she was a real sweetheart. Not sure if she moved to our area at the same time a John Travolta, but I think they lived here concurrently. Most true SB locals are not "star struck" when they see most true celebrities. Not the phony Kardashian or "Royals" type celebs who are famous for being famous and having HUGE carbon footprints whilst telling everyone else they cannot eat any cake because they want to eat all the cake.

Even back in the day when Charlie Chaplin was running around our area no one bothered him. If I were a celebrity, I would be nice to people, fly regular schlub class, sign autographs, and buy my fans cake.

Gimli Aug 09, 2022 09:30 AM
Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

I never cared for Olivia Newton John's music and I never watched the film 'Grease' and I never will. But it is very sad that she battled cancer for many years, and passed away at the young age of 73.

2088 - I have never been banned from edhat, but many of my comments were deleted because of my nutty sarcastic sense of humor in the past. On Yahoo news articles down in the comment section many, many of my posted comments have been deleted. (I would give you an 'arrow up' for your comment due to the fact I am not a subscriber of edhat. That use to be "freeeeeeee" at one time on edhat, not no more).

KarmaSB Aug 10, 2022 09:27 AM
Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

look dude, i'm a combat vet, play in punk and metal bands, prefer bands like Slayer and Slipknot, and films like Avengers and Star Wars and slasher films, but Grease is an iconic film. I hate, and I mean despise musicals. Grease is something different and special. It's a slice of Americana. You're shorting yourself by not viewing it and keeping an open mind. Why short yourself an experience? Grease is probably my all time fav film just for the fact that it feels like a play on film. The whole 50's greaser thing is cool AF too. I know all about sarcasm and deleted posts. Give Grease a chance....don't short yourself from experiences in life, even the tiny ones like a film that's close to 40 years old.

KarmaSB Aug 10, 2022 09:23 AM
Olivia Newton John, Star of "Grease," Dies at 73

:,( this broke my heart....she was my first crush. head over frickin heals for Sandy <3 ONJ was such a great entertainer and those beautiful eyes *sigh*. I had to break up with her when I found Debbie Harry then her and I got married. Neither lady knows about it to this day, and I was about 8 when this happened lol. RIP Olivia. Thank you for the heart flutters, butterflies in the stomach, and your sweet voice singing hopelessly devoted to you <3 You entertained people all over the planet. You will be missed. <3 <3 <3 <3

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