Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John (1948-), pictured in 2012

Olivia Newton-John (born September 26, 1948) is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She starred in the musical film Grease, and its soundtrack is one of the most successful in history, with the single “You’re the One That I Want”, with John Travolta, one of the best selling singles.

Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues. In remission from breast cancer from 1992, until its 2013 metastasis in her shoulder and 2017 metastasis at the base of her spine, she has been an advocate for health awareness, becoming involved with various charities, health products, and fundraising efforts. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.

Newton-John has been married twice. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi. She married John Easterling in 2008.

20th Century Highlights

  • Toomorrow (1970), “Olivia”
  • “If Not For You” (1971), UK #7
  • “Banks of the Ohio (1971), UK #6
  • Eurovision Song Contest (TV, 1974), UK entry, 4th place
  • “Sam” (1977), UK #6
  • Olivia Newton-John’s Greatest Hits (1977), UK #8, Gold
  • Grease (1978), “Sandy Olsson”
  • “You’re The One That I Want” (1978), with John Travolta, UK #1, Platinum
  • “Summer Nights” (1978), UK #1, Platinum
  • “Hopelessly Devoted To You” (1978), UK #2, Gold
  • “A Little More Love” (1978), UK #4
  • Totally Hot (1979), Gold
  • Xanadu (1980), “Kira (Terpsichore)”
  • “Xanadu” (1980), with ELO, UK #1, Silver
  • “Physical” (1981), UK #7, Silver
  • Physical (1982), UK #11, Gold
  • Olivia’s Greatest Hits (1982), Platinum
  • Two of a Kind (1983), “Debbie Wylder”
  • “The Grease Megamix” (1990), with John Travolta, UK #3
  • Back Yo Basics – The Essential Collection (1992), UK #12
  • “You’re The One That I Want” (1998), with John Travolta, UK #4

Find out more at Wikipedia*, IMDb*, and her Official Website*. Follow Olivia on Facebook*, and Twitter*.

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