Grease Star and Legend Olivia Newton-John Died At 73

August 08, 2022

By: Matthew Burkhead

Olivia Newton-John, 1975 (Terry O’Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)

Olivia Newton-John was an iconic singer and actress of the modern era.

John Easterling, Olivia’s husband, says she died peacefully in her sleep at her ranch in Southern California on Monday morning, surrounded by loved ones. Although a cause of death was not ascertained, Olivia has battled breast cancer for more than 30 years, and according to a source, "After a 30-year cancer journey, she lost her battle to metastatic breast cancer."

Olivia hit it big in 1971 with songs like "If Not for You," and in 1973 "Let Me Be There." She followed that up with a monster hit, "Have You Never Been Mellow."

However, in 1978, her vast break was when she starred with John Travolta in “Grease.” Her role as Sandy was legendary, along with several songs from the movie, "You're the One that I Want," "Summer Nights," and "Hopelessly Devoted to You."

Undoubtedly, “Grease” launched Olivia’s career into the stratosphere and followed it up with movies like “Xanadu.”

However, Olivia’s biggest hit was “Physical” in 1981, which stayed at number one for ten straight weeks, breaking all records in the ‘80s. Additionally, she remained an advocate for environmental and animal rights throughout her career.

Olivia was initially born British but raised in Australia, married Matt Lattanzi in 1984, and met while filming “Xanadu.” They had a baby girl and called her Chloe Rose in 1986. They divorced in 1995.

In 2008, she married John Easterling, who founded the Amazon Herb Co.