Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John Dies at 73

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Olivia Newton-John, the long-lasting Australian singer and actor who, throughout a wonderful run within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, was her homeland’s flag-bearer in popular culture with a string of hits and starring roles in a few of Hollywood’s most enduring films, has died after a protracted battle with most cancers. She was 73.

In a world earlier than the Web, good telephones and social media, Newton-John’s star shone brighter than some other feminine superstar, wherever.

Olivia was so in style, she was lampooned in The Simpsons; she was the obsession of late Goodies founding funnyman Tim Brooke-Taylor; she gained 10 American Music Awards, a document for a solo feminine artist for greater than 20 years.

The listing goes on, with 4 Grammy Awards, together with the 1982 video of the 12 months class for her attractive comeback quantity “Bodily.”

As Billboard factors out, Newton-John was some of the in style recording artists of the period, scoring 5 No. 1 singles in the US, and touchdown almost 40 entries on the Billboard Scorching 100 chart.

On the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, in England, the nation of her delivery, Newton-John was a nationwide treasure.

Twenty-six of her singles cracked the Official U.Okay. Singles Chart, together with three No. 1s.

The queen of crossover, Newton-John’s three U.Okay. leaders all featured in films by which she starred, Grease and Xanadu.

Newton-John additionally had the distinction of competing on the Eurovision Music Contest in 1974, representing the UK, from which she emigrated on the age of six, a few years earlier than Australia was welcomed into the annual kitsch-fest.

On that event, ABBA triumphed with “Waterloo.”

The magic was but to come back.

With “Bodily,” Olivia pressed the reinvention button, and had a smash that logged 10 weeks on the summit of the U.S. chart, for the largest No. 1 hit of the whole Eighties.

No different music spent as lengthy atop the U.S. singles chart that decade.

She had back-to-back No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, with If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You By no means Been Mellow (1975).

Her girl-next-door enchantment was simply the ticket for movie-goers, as Newton-John starred as Sandy alongside John Travolta’s Danny in Grease, the top-grossing movie on the U.S. box-office of 1978 (the movie was produced by one other Australian, Robert Stigwood).

The official soundtrack, which included “You’re The One That I Need” and “Hopelessly Dedicated to You,” logged 12 weeks atop the Billboard 200.

In 2002, she was inducted into the ARIA Corridor of Fame and in 2006 was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to the leisure business as a singer and actor, and to the neighborhood via organisations supporting breast most cancers therapy, training, coaching and analysis, and the setting”.

In 2019, she was feted with the Companion of the Order of Australia for her lengthy profession as a performer, and her eminent service to neighborhood well being, significantly for individuals residing with most cancers.

Simply final 12 months, she was awarded the Order of the Rising Solar, one among Japan’s highest honours, for her contribution to growing musical tradition in Japan and selling pleasant relations with Australia.

Newton-John was identified with breast most cancers in 1992, on the age of 43. The most cancers returned in 2013, and in Could 2019, she revealed that the illness had unfold.

All through her most cancers journey, Newton-John advocated for these battling the sickness in its many varieties. She established the Olivia Newton-John Basis Fund, an unbiased charity sponsoring world analysis into plant drugs, together with medicinal hashish.

Information of her loss of life was confirmed on social media.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) handed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by household and pals. We ask that everybody please respect the household’s privateness throughout this very troublesome time,” reads a message posted Monday (Aug. 8) on her Instagram web page.

“Olivia has been an emblem of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast most cancers. Her therapeutic inspiration and pioneering expertise with plant drugs continues with the Olivia Newton-John Basis Fund, devoted to researching plant drugs and most cancers. In lieu of flowers, the household asks that any donations be made in her reminiscence to the Olivia Newton-John Basis Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”

The artist died peacefully at her ranch in Southern California surrounded by household and pals, in line with her husband John Easterling.

Because the unhappy information unfold Tuesday morning (Aug. 9), tributes poured in for the late celebrity.

“Olivia Newton-John was a star. A shiny, joyful glow in our lives,” writes prime minister Anthony Albanese.

“From the second we noticed her, she was a heat, enduring presence and her voice turned an enormous a part of the Australian soundtrack. Above all she was an exquisite, beneficiant individual.”

The PM continues, “I had the privilege of assembly Olivia in 2019. The work she did although her most cancers analysis centre was essential and inspirational. Her legacy will dwell on, in her music, her movies and her willpower that at some point we are going to discover a treatment for most cancers. We are going to miss her so very a lot.”

“As we speak we categorical our disappointment however have a good time the lifetime of one other Australian Icon,” reads a message from ARIA. “Relaxation In Peace Olivia Newton-John.”

Provides George Ash, president Common Music Australia + New Zealand: “We’re deeply saddened to listen to the passing of Olivia Newton-John. She impressed us all, she was an icon, a worldwide celebrity, a passionate and enduring performer who we are going to dearly miss. Olivia’s music has touched us all and can endure for generations to come back. We prolong our ideas and like to Olivia’s family and friends”.

Newton-John was “adored by followers worldwide. When she’d go to the workplace, she greeted everybody together with her vibrant smile and was all the time gracious,” recounts Bruce Resnikoff, president & CEO, UMe. “She would cease for images or autographs for these clutching their authentic vinyl copies of Xanadu or Grease. I used to be extraordinarily lucky to know her for greater than 30 years and we are going to all miss her vivacious spirit.”

Travolta, who would reunite with Newton-John in 1983’s Two of a Sort, was heartbroken by her loss of life. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so significantly better. Your affect was unbelievable. I like you a lot,” he writes. “We are going to see you down the street and we are going to all be collectively once more. Yours from the primary second I noticed you and perpetually! Your Danny, your John!”

Newton-John is survived by her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi.

She turns into the third ARIA Corridor of Fame-inducted singer to cross away within the house of 10 days, following the loss of life of Archie Roach and The Seekers’ Judith Durham. 

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