Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, star of the film FatShe died at the age of 73, her husband said in a statement posted to social media on Monday.
The actress, who also has British nationality, “died peacefully this morning at her Southern California ranch surrounded by her family and friends,” John Easterling said in the press release. She has been battling breast cancer for 30 years.
Sporting varnished hair and leather jackets, Olivia Newton-John rose to fame playing Sandy in the cult musical Fatalongside John Travolta.
“My dear Olivia, you have made our lives better. Her influence was incredible. I love you so much,” the actor responded pulp fiction in a press release.
Ever since the cancer struck her in her 40s — breast cancer and mastectomy in 1992, then two recurrences with metastases in 2013 and 2017 — the star has dedicated all her energies and fame to fighting the disease.
“Olivia has been a beacon of triumph and hope for 30 years, sharing her experience with breast cancer,” her husband wrote, adding that a fund had been set up on her behalf to fund research on plants: medicines and cancer , the Olivia Newton-John Endowment Fund.
“You are the one who I want”
Born on 26 September 1948 in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, titled Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is the granddaughter of the German physicist Max Born, whose work on quantum theory is the crowning glory Nobel prize.
His father fought in the British armed forces during World War II and was involved in the arrest of Rudolf Hess.
“Livvy”, as she is also known, was only five years old when her family moved to the antipodes. Destination Melbourne, Australia.
With her passion for music, she won a local singing competition at the age of 16. Her mother urges her to pursue her talent and they both go back to England.
First singles, first successes. 1974, i love you honestly is his first number one title in the United States. In the same year she represented Great Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest and finished 4thebowed behind … Abba.
Then on to California, where she made a name for herself on the country and western scene. The Anglo-Australian has even been named “The Most Popular Female Singer in the United States” twice and won a Grammy against Queen Dolly Parton.
John Travolta crowned by his success in Saturday Night Feverbreathes his name for Fat.
Released in 1978, the film was an instant hit worldwide. In France, it has made 6 million visitors … More than The Ladies of Rochefort Where Westside Story! All hum summer nights and You are the one who I want.
And its finale becomes a myth, with the transformation of Sandy, the blond and wise high school student, into a femme fatale who appears in the middle of the fairground, cigarette in mouth, black biker jacket, strapless top, tight lamé pants and dizzying heels… She sways to a frenzied rhythm and electrifies Danny (John Travolta), the rebel with the smooth banana.
The original outfit was auctioned in 2019 for … $405,700.
Despite this worldwide success, Olivia Newton-John did not continue her momentum in the cinema for long.
She’s filming another musical romance with Gene Kelly, Xanaduand a new movie starring John Travolta, Two of a kindbut the magic works less.
In addition to a few roles in film and television, she devoted herself mainly to singing and her Californian ranch, where she lived surrounded by animals.
She released around forty country and pop-rock albums – including Physicallygreat success in 1981 – and gave hundreds of concerts around the world.
In her fight against cancer, she founded the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, closely followed the progress of research, raised funds and was interested in alternative treatments.
“I am fortunate to be married to a wonderful man who is very knowledgeable about medicinal plants. He grows cannabis for me for therapeutic purposes,” she explained to the magazine in February 2021 persons.