John Travolta paid tribute to Grease co-star and longtime friend Olivia Newton-John after her death on August 8. Actress and singer, known for movies like Xanadu and pop hits like “Physical,” has passed away at the age of 73 after a 30-year battle with cancer. Travolta responded to the news of her passing with a replayed photo of Newton-John and a heartfelt message that read “Your Danny”, alluding to Grease character fell in love with her Sandy.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better. Your impact is amazing. I love you very much. We’ll see you on the road and we’ll all be together again. Sincerely from the first moment I saw you and forever!
Your Danny, Your John! “
Newton-John passed away “peacefully on her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” her husband, John Easterling, announced in a statement. Facebook post today. He added that “Olivia has been a symbol of victory and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
She was first diagnosed in 1992 and again battled cancer in 2013. In 2017, she announced she had cancer again and this time it had spread to her sacrum. People. Travolta said Sockets in 2020, “Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her and I think she always looks at it from half-full glasses and that’s a beautiful approach to life.” , her nature and I think we all need to do that.”
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Since starring opposite each other in the musical in 1978, Newton-John and Travolta shared the screen again in 1983. Two of a Kind and reunited in numerous public appearances, including the 40th anniversary Grease in 2018.
Newton-John also expressed condolences as Travolta lost his wife, Kelly Preston, to breast cancer in 2020. “Kelly was a radiant, warm and gentle person — a wife, mother and friend. loving, devoted,” she wrote in one statement. “My heart breaks for John, Ella and Ben. No words can describe my sadness for her family. Kelly’s light shines on her beautiful children.”
In addition to Travolta, stars such as Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick paid tribute to Newton-John following news of the legend’s death.
Those wishing to celebrate Newton-John’s life can do so by making a donation to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation at ONJFoundationFund.org.
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