British-born Australian singer-actress-activist Dame Olivia Newton-John died of stage IV breast cancer on August 8, 2022, at her home in Santa Ynez Valley, California. She was 73 and best known for her role in “Grease” as the iconic pure-hearted Sandy Olsson.
Newton-John was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and became a leading advocate for cancer research. She set up the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, a charity which has raised millions of pounds to support research into natural and herbal treatments for cancer.
In 2020, the Queen recognized her valiant efforts and honored Olivia with femininity in that year’s New Year’s Honors list.
Olivia Newton-John was also an activist for environmental causes and animal rights. She once canceled a concert tour of Japan in 1978 to protest the slaughter of dolphins caught in tuna fishing nets. In 1990, she was named the first Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program and later received the Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 1999.
Olivia was a talented, generous and compassionate philanthropist whose passing is mourned by friends, family and fans around the world. People like John Travolta, Frankie Valli, Barbra Streisand, Nicole Kidman and Elton John paid tribute to him and shared heartfelt messages and memories.
Actress Stockard Channing, who played Rizzo alongside Olivia in Grease, added: “I don’t know if I’ve known a more lovely human being. Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunshine, her warmth and her grace are what always come back to me when I think of her. I will miss her very much.
Other tributes came from singers Kylie Minogue, who called Olivia “an inspiration,” and Dionne Warwick, who called her “one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.” record and play”.
Widow John Easterling released a statement on all of her social media channels stating that “Olivia has been a beacon of triumphs and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.” He further asks, “In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund (ONJFoundationFund.org).”
Newton-John’s niece, Totti Goldsmith, shared that Olivia would be buried at her ranch in the United States, but their family was interested in accepting a state memorial service in Australia.