Olivia Newton-John in “Grease”, her big hit. CBS photo via Getty Images)
Hollywood, the music business, and the entertainment industry in general complained on Monday, August 8 the death of the singer and actress Olivia Newton-John at the age of 73, after more than three decades of fighting breast cancer.
John Travolta, his partner in the eternal musical Fat (1978), was one of the first to dedicate a few words to his co-star: “My dear Olivia, you made our lives so much better. your impact has been incredible. I love you very much. We will see each other later and we will be together again. Yours, from the first moment I saw you and forever. “
Travolta closed his message, posted on Instagram, with a “your Danny, your John”, in reference to the character he played in the film, remembered by countless actors, directors and artists as one of his greatest inspirations.
Olivia Newton-John died at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. photo EFE
The director of “Grease”, with a broken heart
Minutes after learning of his death, the director of Grease, Randal Kleisersent a statement to the newspaper The Hollywood reporter in which he claimed to be “heartbroken” and remembered their 40 years of friendship.
“She was unique and kind. During more than four decades of friendship, she exuded nothing but love for everyone she met. Olivia was exactly what you imagined. I will miss her forever, “she added.
Viola Davis, Antonio Banderas, George Takei, Mia Farrow and James Gunn They were some of the names from the show who joined in the condolences.
“My first crush as a child. I loved them Fat and his music, and coincidentally I also bought and lived for a while in the house he built in Malibu. Rest in peace, ”said director James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy Y suicide squad.
Olivia Newton-John’s flower star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo by Reuters
The actress Viola Davis also highlighted Newton-John’s influence on his youth: “You were my childhood! Your talent, poise and beauty. God bless your family, thank you for creating everlasting memories!”
George Takei, one of the stars of star Trek, who called Newton-John an “icon” and regretted going “so early” at the age of 73. “” Know that we will always be hopelessly dedicated to you, Olivia. Rest in song and joy “.
The unknown fact of Rod Stewart
Spaniard Antonio Banderas shared several scenes of the actress Fat Y Xanaduwhile asking him to rest in peace, which also did actress Jane Lynch, who played one of Newton-John’s hymns, Physicistin a chapter of joy in which the singer attended as a guest.
For its part, the singer Melissa Etheridge noted that Newton-John was “one of the first to call” when she was diagnosed with cancer. “What a beautiful woman and what a special talent.”
the rocker Rod Stewart He also dismissed her as a very good friend and gave an unknown fact: she said she was the inspiration for her biggest hit, Do you think I’m sexy?
Even the Hollywood Academy, which awards Oscars every year, spoke out, underlining this Fat Not only was it the highest-grossing film of 1978, but “forever” became “the word” in relation to the love story of the musical’s protagonists.
More Hollywood memories for Olivia Newton-John. AFP photo
Some biographical information
Born in the UK but raised in Australia, Olivia Newton-John (Cambridge, 1948) developed her career in show business as a singer, with hits such as If not for you, Let me be there Y You have never been sweeteven if his name was immortalized in Hollywood as a protagonist Fatthat has become the highest-grossing musical of the 20th century.
The singer started in the world of music in the 60s, but her first approach to the charts was only in 1971 with her version of If not for you, a song composed by Bob Dylanwhich he also recorded George Harrison.
After collaborating with stars of the time such as Cliff Richard, Newton-John won his first Grammy in 1973 for his debut album Let me be there, in the country music category. A year later, she represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, the unforgettable couple of “Grease”.
Throughout her career, which later turned more towards pop, the singer reached five number ones in the US chartsincluding his classics Physicist, You have never been sweet Y You are what I wantthe last part of the soundtrack of Fat.