Olivia Newton-John dies at 73, husband says

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grease Legendary Olivia Newton-John died Monday morning at the age of 73, according to her husband.

and statement Posted on Newton-John’s social media accounts, John Easterling said actress and singer John Easterling passed away peacefully on his ranch in Southern California surrounded by friends and family. Easterling, whom John married in 2008, asked for privacy to the family “during this very difficult time.”

Easterling’s statement did not confirm the cause of death, but he called his wife “a symbol of victory and hope as we battle breast cancer together for more than 30 years.”

A source close to the family said TMZ Newton-John “lost the battle against metastatic breast cancer” after a 30-year battle with the disease. John Newton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. In 2017, she revealed that she had metastasized to her hip after more than 20 years of remission.

Born in England in 1948, Newton-John moved to Melbourne, Australia when he was six years old. A mainstay of Australian television and radio from a young age, the multi-faceted performer soon jumped on big projects, with mixed results.It was in 1978 that she was cast as her girl-next-door Sandy Olson in the film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical greasethat she achieved a hopelessly dedicated international following.

However, Newton-John was initially reluctant to take on the role, having been bitten by a previous film venture, a sci-fi musical. tomorrow, It ended in disaster.

“I was so worried about making another movie,” she said. vanity fair In 2016, “My music career was going well because I didn’t want to ruin it by doing another movie that wasn’t good.”

She also had reservations about playing a high school senior, considering she was 28 when producer Alan Carr approached her. However, after her test on screen with Travolta, John, who was 23 at the time, Newton Her John signed on and made film history.

Newton-John broke out of his shell as innocent Australian transfer student Sandy by transforming into a leather-clad siren to hold his own against Travolta’s lovestruck greaser Danny Zuko Together, the pair are box office rocket fuel and grease The highest-grossing American movie musical of the 20th century.

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