Olivia Newton John Dies at 73, The Life of a Star

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Olivia Newton-John passed away on Aug. 8 in Santa Ynez, California. She leaves behind her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, husband John Easterling, and more family members. Scroll to learn more about the singer and actor’s career and life.  

On Monday, Aug. 8, singer and actor Olivia Newton-John passed away. The 73-year-old had been battling various forms of cancer since she was first diagnosed in 1992. She died at her ranch in Santa Ynez, California. She had been living in the U.S., but Newton-John grew up in Australia.  

Her career began in the late 60s when she started releasing music. She had a handful of hits that were popular in England during this time, but it was not until the early 70s that her name reached the U.S. charts. She released over 10 albums in the 70s.  

After working in the music industry for several years, Newton-John auditioned to play the role of Sandy in one of the most recognized musicals of all time. Grease, which was released in 1978, became an instant hit. To this day, Grease is one of the most successful movies of all time.  

Junior Ellis Brandon is a fan of Newton-John’s movie, Grease. “I love the decade and all of the music,” Bradon said.  

After Grease, the star continued to pursue her career in the music industry, as well as act in movies. In 1980, she released the hit album, “Xanadu.” Following yet another successful album, Newton-John released 3 additional albums in the 80s. In 1981, she released the hit song “Physical,” which won the Grammy Award for Music Video of the Year. She won three more Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Best Country Vocal Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Performance. On top of her 4 Grammy wins, the singer-songwriter was nominated for awards 12 times. 

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