The Late, Seriously Great Olivia Newton-John Remembered By Fellow Singers & Stars

The beloved, bountifully talented Olivia Newton-John passed away at the age of 73 on Monday. John was at her ranch in Southern California when she passed, surrounded by family and friends. Newton-John’s passing was announced by her husband, John Easterling, who cited the breast cancer diagnosis she has lived with since 1992. Newton-John has been an advocate for cancer research for years.

Newton-John was a pop icon, a movie star, portrayed the girl next door and a bad girl with equal charisma, and a generational talent whose role in Grease confirmed her as one of the most versatile talents working in film or music. Grease became one of the most popular movie musicals of its era, and its influence can hardly be understated. She also released No. 1 hits and massively successful albums, and yet along with her superstardom, Newton-John was adored not just by fans but the people who knew her.

Her daughter, co-stars, fellow stars, and a legion of performers who Newton-John inspired poured their hearts out on social media. Her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, posted photos on Instagram of her and her mother.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” wrote her Grease co-star, John Travolta, in a statement. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and American actor John Travolta as they appear in the Paramount film 'Grease', 1978. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and American actor John Travolta as they appear in the Paramount film ‘Grease’, 1978. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images)

We’ve captured just a snapshot of the outpouring of love Newton-John has received in the past 24 hours. There is plenty more where this came from, like this tribute from Kylie Minogue.

Dionne Warwick, who had Newton-John on her 2006 album “My Friends and Me,” wrote this:

Fellow singer Richard Marx shared photos of him and Newton-John, and recollections of her character.

Actress Daisy Fuentes Marx shared an image and all the love.

RuPaul touched upon Newton-John’s talent.

Another fellow singing star, Melissa Etheridge, shared a personal anecdote about how Newton-John reached out to her when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Stars like Star Trek’s George Takei, Gabrielle Union, and Leslie Uggams shared the love, too.

And finally, Paramount Studios, the home of Grease, relayed their love for Newton-John.

Featured image: DETROIT – 1975: Singer Olivia Newton-John performs in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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