As a Grammy-winning singer and actor, Olivia Newton-John had previously revealed that she had breast cancer that had spread to her back, necessitating the cancellation of several engagements.
Singer Olivia Newton-John, 73, died on Monday at her home in southern California. She rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “I Honestly Love You” and “Physical.” She also appeared in the blockbuster musical Grease.
In a statement posted to her Instagram account, the performer’s family said she had “gone away peacefully” at her ranch home in California, “surrounded by family and friends.”
Newton-John had endured a partial mastectomy and went on to build a cancer therapy research institute in Australia twenty-five years ago.
About Olivia Newton-John’s career
After coming to the United States, the entertainer became a worldwide sensation. Her first hit was “If Not for You,” a Bob Dylan song that George Harrison had also recorded, and she was blond and blue-eyed and full of wholesomeness at the time.
Her Grammy-winning song “Let Me Be There” would be followed by “Have You Never Been Mellow” and “I Honestly Love You,” as well as two No. 1 songs, “I Honestly Love You,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow” in the following years. The best female pop performance and record of the year Grammys went to the latter song.
In 1974, she won the Country Music Association’s female singer of the year award over country music icons Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Many Nashville purists were bothered by the unexpected success of an Australian in American country music.
Additionally, Newton-John’s work was not always well-received by critics, who found it fizzy and too commercial. Her voice was reportedly described as “almost colourless” by the New York Times.
When Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time, she became an activist and opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in her hometown of Melbourne in memory of her sister, who died of brain cancer. The Olivia Breast Self-Examination Kit was also offered by her.
His grandpa was Nobel Prize physicist Max Born, who was born in Germany and represented the United Kingdom in the 1974 Eurovision song contest.
Actor Matt Lattanzi divorced her in 1995, and businessman John Easterling wed her in 2008.