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'Grease' Leading Lady Olivia Newton-John Has Passed Away at 73

The actress’ passing sent her co-stars penning tearful tributes in their posts

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It was a tragic time for tinseltown as it lost another legend. Actress, musical artist, and trouper Olivia Newton-John took her final bow on August 8, 2022 and succumbed to breast cancer. The four-time Grammy titleholder and Grease leading lady passed away peacefully in her California ranch. Popular for her roles in movie musicals, the singer-songwriter has been diagnosed with the disease for the third time, beginning in 1992 and resurfacing in 2013. The last round of her battle culminated in 2017 when the cancer cells spread to her spine.


Born on September 26, 1948 in England, Olivia was bound for a singing career as she started at an early age expressing herself through music. She then moved to Australia at age 5, and when she was 16, her honeyed voice earned its value through a talent competition. She also channeled her gift in girl groups and television shows as a teenager. Her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine,” took shape in 1966, and was followed by If Not For You, her debut album, years after. She dolled up for stardom upon the title track’s Billboard success.

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Her strongest foundation as a singer was perhaps built from her performance in the silver screen through her 1978 film Grease, where she took on the character of Sandy Olsson, with John Travolta as her partner. She catapulted to greater heights by garnering recognition from the renowned Broadway adaptation, and broke through other top-performing and platinum-selling albums with a solo of her own, labeled Totally Hot. She thereby landed another lead role in the 1980 film Xanadu and racked up top charts with her track “Physical” in 1981.


Celebrities and industry insiders condoled with Olivia’s family and friends and paid her tributes through their posts. Here are some of the household stars and fellow music and film personalities who mourn her passing:


"Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever," said her Grease co-star, John Travolta.



Hugh Jackman is "devastated" to hear the news, and shared some sweet words about the actress.







Julianne Hough called Olivia Newton-John an "icon" and "legend."





"I'll miss you every day," wrote a heartbroken Richard Marx.





Stephen Bishop also had a few beautiful things to say about his friend.





"Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir," said Dionne Warwick.






"Hers was one of the voices of my childhood," tweeted Lea Salonga.





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