Monday, April 22, 2024

RIP Great 70s Singer, Pop Star, Movie Star Olivia Newton John, Dies at 73 from Cancer After Long Struggle


Olivia Newton John’s long battle with cancer is over. She died this morning at age 73 in California.

Olivia struggled through several bouts, never flagging, always putting up a battle. She’s survived by her daughter, Chloe.

The English singer made a name for herself in the 70s with a string of hits including “Have You Never Been Mellow” and the dance hit, “Physical.” But she also turned out to be a movie star, featured with John Travolta memorably in the film version of “Grease.” The latter cemented her place in pop culture, producing even more hits.

There wasn’t a radio station anywhere that wasn’t playing Newton John’s hits for twenty years. Even when her heyday passed, the “Grease” fans kept her on the front burner.

She won four Grammys and was nominated for 8 others.

Condolences to her family and friends. Olivia Newton John she will be sorely missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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