Australian singer and movie star Olivia Newton-John has passed away.
The news of her passing was shared by her husband, John Easterling on his Instagram account.
“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
The four-time Grammy award winner was born in the United Kingdom, but her family moved to Australia when she was 6 years old. She was raised there and appeared on local TV shows like “The Happy Show” and “The Go!! Show”.
Her successful music career span more than seven decades. She released more than 27 studio albums throughout her career with several Billboard number 1’s including “If you love me, let me know” and “Physical”. The latter has been covered by Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa.
Her already successful music career was given the ultimate boost when she got her breakthrough role as Sandy in the 1978 movie “Grease”. She starred opposite John Travolta and two of the songs from the movie’s soundtrack became hits worldwide.
“You’re the one that I want” earned her another number 1 spot on the Billboard charts and the song “Hopelessly devoted to you” performed by Newton-John was nominated for an Oscar. She performed the song at the award show that year.
In 1980 she starred in the movie “Xanadu” and although the movie didn’t impress the critics, the song “Magic” performed by her became a worldwide hit and the soundtrack reached double-platinum status.
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