Dame Olivia Newton-John has passed away aged 73.
Olivia was born in the UK but her family moved to Australia when she was 6 years old.
She became a global star with the phenomenal success of the movie Grease in 1978, in which she co-starred with John Travolta, but by then she had already made her name as a singer.
Her first hit was a pop song, If Not For You, in 1971, but before long she had become established as a country singer. She won a Grammy for Let Me Be There and was named the Country Music Association’s Female Singer of the Year in 1974.
Her subsequent global acclaim as a movie star put her into a different league. The Grease soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums of recorded music and the single You’re The One That I Want, a duet with Travolta, is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Olivia’s extensive list of achievements includes Platinum records and Grammys, number one hit singles and albums, but she will also be remembered as an activist for environmental and animal rights causes and an advocate for breast cancer research.
In 2019 she was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).
We celebrate the life of this remarkable woman, who passed away at her home in California.
Dame Olivia Newton-John (b. 26 Sep. 1948 – d. 8 Aug. 2022)
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