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Friday, August 12, 2022

Goodbye Olivia
The British-born Australian singer and actress was best known for playing Sandy in Grease, one of the most successful film
musicals ever made

Her Grease co-star John Travolta said she "made all of our lives so much better" while its director said: "What you see is what you get with her

She died peacefully at her California ranch surrounded by family and friends
her role as high school student Sandy in the film Grease made her a worldwide fame

Olivia was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number one hits and another Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two Billboard 200 number one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975). Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2× Platinum) have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Olivia Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present
In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world's best-selling albums of recorded music. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta: "You're the One That I Want" – which ranks as one of the best-selling singles of all time – and "Summer Nights". Her signature solo recordings include the Record of the Year Grammy winner "I Honestly Love You" (1974) and "Physical" (1981) – Billboard's Top Hot 100 Single of the 1980s. Her other major hit singles include "If Not for You" (1971), "Let Me Be There" (1973), "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" (1974), "Have You Never Been Mellow" (1975), "Sam" (1977), "Hopelessly Devoted to You" (also from Grease), "A Little More Love" (1978) and, from the 1980 film Xanadu, "Magic" and "Xanadu" (with the Electric Light Orchestra)

Olivia Newton-John was an activist for environmental and animal rights causes, and advocated for breast cancer research
On 8 August 2022, Olivia Newton-John died of cancer at her Santa Ynez Valley home in California, aged 73

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