Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John died at her California home yesterday at the age of 73 following a courageous battle with cancer. Initially rising to stardom in the 1970s with pop hits like “Have You Never Been Mellow?” and “I Honestly Love You,” she became a global sensation following her appearance alongside of John Travolta in the beloved movie musical Grease.
Her next film project was the disco-era fantasy Xanadu, co-starring Gene Kelly, which gave her another number one single with “Magic.” The 1980s proved to be a sensational time for Newton-John, in which she reached new creative heights with her Physical album, whose title track was a number one hit for ten consecutive weeks. She opened up a series of fashion stores called Koala Blue and continued to tour, record and make motion picture appearances throughout the decade.
Despite health and relationship issues in the ’90s and ’00s, she continued to work steadily, maintaining her reputation as own of the kindest, most environmentally minded artists of our era. As we reflect upon her career, we want you to share your thoughts about how Olivia Newton-John touched your life in the comments. She leaves behind a legacy of music and love that is unparalleled.
We remain hopelessly devoted to her.