“An absolute saint”, “magnificent” and “perfect”: the tributes after the death of Olivia Newton-John

The star of grease died Monday after a long battle with cancer. Like the Australian head of state or John Travolta, many of them pay tribute to the actress who died at 73.

Olivia Newton-John is “passed away peacefully on her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by her family and friends“, Monday, August 8, announces a press release published on social networks. The 73-year-old actress and singer had been battling breast cancer for three decades. “Olivia has been a beacon of triumph and hope for 30 years by sharing her experience of breast cancerwrote her husband, indicating that a fund in his name had been created to finance research on medicinal plants and cancer.

The Australian-British actress shot to world fame in 1978, thanks to her portrayal of Sandy in the cult musical grease , alongside John Travolta. Shortly after news of her death was announced, he paid tribute to her in an Instagram post: “My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives better. Your influence has been incredible. I love you so. We will meet again later and we will be reunited again. Faithful from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John! »

Australian politicians did not wait to pay vibrant tributes to the actress and singer. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese celebrates the “star” “wonderful and generous” through a Twitter post. “Olivia Newton-John was a star. A bright and joyful glow in our lives. From the moment we saw her, she was a warm and enduring presence and her voice became an important part of the Australian soundtrack.”

As for the Minister of Victoria in Australia, Daniel Andrews Premier, he salutes the “generosity” of disco icon. Indeed, Olivia Newton-John has notably financed funds for a research center in Melbourne, intended for the fight and prevention against the disease. In 2019, in the midst of a relapse of her breast cancer, the artist auctioned her famous provocative outfit of grease to fund research. “Olivia Newton John was one of a kind. She gave her music and films to the world, but to the people of Victoria she was much more than that, writes Daniel Andrews Premier. Her generosity through the NYO Cancer Wellness and Research Center has saved lives, and her work has given hope to the people of Victoria in their fight against cancer,” he adds.

First songs, first hits. From 1974, I honestly love you, his first title, ranks number one in the United States. The same year, she represented Great Britain at Eurovision and finished fourth, losing behind the Abba group.

The director of Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn confided his sadness, “It was my first real crush when I was a kid. I grew up with Grease and its music. I also bought and lived for a while in his fabulous Malibu home.”

Tributes from music stars have been popping up on Twitter, like pop singer Kylie Minogue’s: “Since the age of ten, I have loved and admired Olivia Newton-John. And I always will. (Just like this photo) She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many ways. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Mariah Carey talks about her obsession with Olivia Newton-John when she was young and the chance she had years later to share a song with her. “I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was little and heard I Honestly Love You. songs like Magic, Suddenly and Have You Never Been Mellow showcased its magnificent ethereal timbre and signature sound. And then there was GREASE. I was obsessed.”

For Peter Frampton, interpreter of Show Me the Way salute “one of the most beautiful souls in the world”. The singer and guitarist continues: “Olivia Newton-John was an extraordinary artist in every way. She was a dear friend to me and to everyone. Olivia is the very definition of down to earth. I love you Liva”

Sharing the same grief, Rod Stewart, one of the world’s best-selling artists, describes his admiration for this “perfect lady” and “gorgeous”. “My great friend Olivia Newton John passed away. She was the perfect lady, gorgeous, with great composure and a certain Australian sophistication. Her Spandex pants in Grease were my inspiration for my “Da ya think I’m Sexy” period. RIP Olivia»

The French Minister, in charge of Territorial Communities, Caroline Cayeux, also paid a tribute filled with nostalgia to the star of the 1980s. “Wonderful, unforgettable! Our Summer Nights will never be the same again,” she wrote on her Twitter account.

The tributes also follow one another on the side of Hollywood as well as British and Australian actors. After John Travolta, the American actor George Takei evokes the “great iconic artistthat was Olivia Newton-John. “We have lost a great emblematic artist in the person of Olivia Newton, who left too soon at 73 years old. I hope she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever desperately devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and joy,” he writes.

For British actor Daniel Mays, the film grease is like a Proust madeleine. He questions “How many times have we all watched this movie? RIP Sandy and the iconic Olivia Newton-John.”

Finally, Rove McManus, an Australian comedian evokes in a eulogy posted on his Twitter account, a “absolute holy“. “A beaming light of positivity that touched all who came in contact with her, writes Rove McManus. Halfway between love and war, there will never be another like her. What a legacy she leaves in our sadness», he concludes.


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