Olivia Newton-John, singer and actor known for her role in “Grease,” dies at 73


Olivia Newton-John died Monday at her ranch in Southern California, her publicist confirmed to CBS News. She was 73.

No cause of death was given in a statement on her official Facebook page, but Newton-John had been open about her decades-long battle with breast cancer.

Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by…

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“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,” the statement on Facebook said.

Newton-John burst onto the Hollywood scene with her role as Sandy opposite John Travolta’s Danny in the 1978 blockbuster, “Grease.”

A four-time Grammy Award-winner, the English-Australian superstar sold 100 million albums with songs like “I Honestly Love You,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in
Olivia Newton-John as Sandy and John Travolta as Danny Zuko in a scene from the movie “Grease,” released in 1978.

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In a 2019 interview, “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King asked the actress how she had coped with her breast cancer diagnosis.

“Denial is really good!” Newton-John laughed. “It’s really healthy! But it was consuming my day. And after a time, I went, ‘You know what? I don’t know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life. So, I’m going to eat a cookie if I want it. And I’m gonna have a cup of tea if I want it. And if I wanna have a little bit of wine, I’m gonna do that.’ Because the joy of life and everyday living has to be a part of that healing process as well.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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