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Actress Olivia Newton-John, star of ‘Grease’, dies aged 73

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Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, star of the movie “Grease”, has died at the age of 73, her husband announced in a statement posted on social media on Monday.

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Lhe actress “passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” John Easterling said in the statement. She had been battling breast cancer for 30 years.

Lacquered hair and leather jackets, Olivia Newton-John made herself world famous with her film role in the cult musical grease, alongside John Travolta. To his credit, some forty country and pop rock albums – including Physicalhuge success in 1981 – and hundreds of concerts given across the planet.

Since the cancer had fallen on her in her forties – breast cancer and mastectomy in 1992 then two recurrences in 2013 and 2017, with metastases – the star put all her energy and her notoriety at the service of the fight against the disease.

“Olivia has been a beacon of triumph and hope for 30 years by sharing her experience of breast cancer,” her husband wrote, noting that a fund in his name had been set up to fund research on plants. Medicines and Cancer, the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.

“Your impact has been incredible”

“My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much. We will meet again on the road and we will all be together again. I loved you from the first moment I saw you and forever. Your Danny, your John,” reacted actor John Travolta on Instagram.