Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, star of Fat and performers of the tube Physically died on Monday, her husband announced. She was 73 years old.
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Updated at 5:51 p.m
“Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends. We ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy at this very difficult time,” her husband John Easterling wrote on the singer’s verified Instagram account.
“Olivia has been a beacon of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” he added. The singer-actress, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, announced in 2013 and 2018 that she was fighting the effects of the disease, which had spread to one of her shoulders and then to her spine.
Olivia Newton-John was born in England in 1948, but her family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, six years later. She formed her first band as a teenager and by the age of 15 was appearing regularly on Australian television.
She stands out from her first album, on which she mainly covers if not for youa Bob Dylan song that became her first hit in 1971. Two years later she published it Leave me To be there, which earned him a Grammy for Best Country Performance. The song also appears on the same disc i love you honestlywhich earned him two more Grammys, including Record of the Year.
However, it is the film adaptation of the musical Fat which will bring them to the top in 1978. The couple she forms on screen with John Travolta becomes iconic and her voice therefore becomes inseparable from the film’s emblematic pieces such as: You’re the one I want, Summer Nights and the ballad hopelessly devoted to you.
He paid tribute to him on Instagram. “My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better. Her impact was incredible. I love you so much. We’ll meet on the street and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John! ” (free translation).
Olivia Newton-John will continue her film career in another musical film, Xanaduand will find John Travolta for comedy Two of a kind. irony of fatethe song she recorded for this film will enter Billboard’s top 10.
She has since released the album Physically, which topped the sales charts for 10 weeks. Next to the title track we find another of his great hits, Make a move on me. Two more of his signature songs, magic and Xanaduare associated with the film Xanadu.
Olivia Newton-John has won four Grammy trophies and sold around 100 million albums.
Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick are among the celebrities who have commemorated the singer’s death. “Another angelic voice has been added to the heavenly choir. As well as being a dear friend, Olivia was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will definitely miss her,” the latter wrote on Twitter.