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Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, known worldwide for her role as Sandy in the film GreeceHe died at the age of 73, according to his family.
In a brief statement, her husband, John Easterling, said Newton-John died Monday morning at his California ranch.
“Olivia symbolizes victory and hope for more than that 30 years of sharing her journey with breast cancer“, the statement says.
“We ask that everyone’s family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.” And “in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.”
The granddaughter of Max Born, a Nobel laureate in physics, a Jew exiled to the UK from Nazi Germany, and the daughter of a British spy during World War II, Newton-John was born in 1948 in Cambridge, England.
But he grew up in Australia, where he immigrated with his family in 1954.
He started at a very young age in the world of music, first with schoolmates and then solo. His first hit song If not for youfrom their self-titled debut album, which reached number seven in the UK charts.
From that decade and throughout the 1980s, Newton-John remained One of the most popular artists of the world.
In the US alone, he has had 14 top 10 singles, won four Grammy Awards and musical Greece propelled her to stardom with John Travolta.
you are the one i wantSung a duet with him Travolta In that film, he became one of the most famous of the time and sold more than 15 million copies.
After hearing the news, Travolta wrote an emotional message on Instagram: “My dear Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much. We will see you on the road and we will. Be together again. From that moment I saw you and forever. Your Danny, your John“
As did his character Greece, Newton-John He reinvented himself both musically and image-wise from the movie
Thus, the ever-smiling blonde is known for her country-pop and soft ballads please mr please, Have You Never Been Melo? Y i really love you In 1981 he released Provocative Songs the physical As part of the self-titled album, his seventh.
“There’s nothing more to talk about / Unless it’s horizontal,” he sings on it, ending: “Let’s get animals! Animals!”.
“I recorded it and immediately thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe I’ve gone too far!'” he lamented. Entertainment Weekly In 2017, after recalling how his manager Roger Davies suggested it to him.
“I called Roger and said, ‘We’ve got to take the song down!’ But he said, ‘It’s too late. They’ve already played it on the radio and it’s going up the charts.’ I was scared.”
it was It was number one on the charts for 10 weeks and Billboard called it the song of the yearDespite being banned from several radio stations.
A the physical A few more hits followed, but over the next decade her career went into decline and Newton-John became more newsworthy due to her personal life.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 1990s, she became a leader Advocate for cancer research And her charity, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, has raised millions of dollars toward that end.
Her efforts in this field were recognized by Queen Elizabeth II, who honored her with the title of Dame in the 2020 New Year’s Honors List.
In 2019, after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time, she was asked by CBS News how she was coping. I’m going to eat a cookie if I want,” he said. “Because the joy of life and living every day should also be part of that healing process. So I chose that path to be grateful and to feel good about things because the other side is not so good,” he added.
News of Newton-John’s death quickly sparked numerous reactions.
On Twitter, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who starred alongside Newton-John in the film This is my show Since 1996, it has been called “the sweetest, brightest light”. Although Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, wrote on Twitter that “another angelic voice joins the celestial singer.”
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