Olivia Newton-John dies at age 73: Her life in photos – from leading men to a mother’s love

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She led a beautiful, rich life – filled with family, love, a glittering film and music career and a lasting legacy that would help cancer sufferers for generations to come.

Now as the world mourns Olivia Newton-John, who died peacefully at home on August 8 (US time) at age 73, we remember her life in photos.

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As an actress, singer, mum and health warrior, Newton-John’s memorable moments were wide and varied.

Grease

Newton-John’s most famous movie role was in Grease, playing Sandy Olsson opposite John Travolta.

From the memorable songs, those black Lycra pants and an on-screen romance that’s one of the most iconic in film history, it’s no surprise Grease holds a special place in our hearts.

Newton-John with co-stars John Travolta, Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing – wearing her iconic black shiny pants. Credit: Supplied
Newton-John and Travolta at the premiere of Grease. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Newton-John and Travolta at a media event for Grease. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Newton-John and John Travolta kiss at the Grease party at Paramount Studios in 1978. Credit: Brad Elterman/FilmMagic
Newton-John and John Travolta in a scene from Grease. Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images
Newton-John, Didi Conn and the rest of the girls sing in a scene from Grease. Credit: Archive Photos/Getty Images
Newton-John does press for Grease. Credit: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty
Newton-John and Travolta reunited to dress as lovebirds Danny and Sandy at the Meet n’ Grease sing-along in Palm Beach, Florida. Credit: Supplied

The music

Newton-John’s music career includes five number one hits, two number one albums and four Grammy Award wins.

With more than 100 million record sales, she is one of the best-selling music artists in the last 70 years. The Grease soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums.

Newton-John in the film clip for Physical. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
In 1983, Newton-John’s Physical won the Grammy for Video of the Year. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Newton-John appears live on stage. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Cliff Richard performing with Olivia Newton John in 1972. Credit: Photoshot/Getty Images
Kenny Ortega and Newton-John at the Xanadu wrap party in 1980. Credit: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty
Newton-John performs with John Farnham at the Fire Fight Australia Concert for National Bushfire Relief in 2020. Credit: AAP
Newton-John won four Grammys during her music career. Credit: AAP

Her early career

Newton-John’s entertainment career started at the age of 14, and it wasn’t long before she was a regular on Australian television shows including The Happy Show.

She also appeared on The Go!! Show, before winning a talent contest on Sing, Sing, Sing which was hosted by Johnny O’Keefe.

Newton-John began her showbiz career when she was just 14. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Singing duo and close friends Newton-John and Pat Carroll pose for a portrait at their London home in 1966. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
One of the earliest portraits of Newton-John. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives
Newton-John performing in a BBC television studio, circa 1971. Credit: Radio Times/Radio Times via Getty Images

Mum to Chloe

Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi was born in January 1986.

Just days before her mother’s death, Chloe shared a photo of herself and Newton-John with the caption: “I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.”

Newton-John with daughter Chloe Lattanzi, who was born in January 1986. Credit: TheRealONJ/Instagram
Newton-John and then husband Matt Lattanzi attend the a film premiere with daughter Chloe in March, 1991. Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty
Newton-John arrives with her daughter Chloe for the premiere of the 20th anniversary re-issue of the musical Grease, at the Empire, Leicester Square. Credit: Rebecca Naden – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images
Newton John and daughter Chloe with former boyfriend Patrick McDermott at the Los Angeles opening of “Mamma Mia!” in February 2001. Credit: Chris Weeks/Getty Images
Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi at the Penfolds Black Tie Dinner honouring Australians in Entertainment at Regent Beverly Wilshire. Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Chloe Lattanzi and her mother, Australian showbiz legend Newton-John. Credit: Getty
Chloe with mum Olivia Newton-John. Credit: Getty Images

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Finding love

Newton-John enjoyed several high-profile romances before finding lasting love with husband John Easterling.

“I’m very lucky I have a wonderful, beautiful husband who is just so loving and fantastic,” Newton-John told People in 2016.

“I always tell my friends you’re never too old to find love. I found the love of my life at 59 going on 60! I’m grateful.”

Newton-John married actor Matt Lattanzi in December 1984. Credit: Tom Wargacki/WireImage
Olivia Newton-John and husband Matt Lattanzi attend a premiere on October 29, 1987. Credit: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty
Olivia Newton John met boyfriend Patrick McDermott a year after her split from Matt Lattanzi in 1995. McDermott’s disappearance and presumed death in 2005 has been the subject of much conjecture. Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Olivia Newton-John and Amazon Herb Company founder John Easterling married in 2008. Here they are photographed at the Great Wall of China. Credit: Andy Wong/AP
Olivia Newton John and her husband John Easterling. Credit: Instagram
Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling divided their time between homes in Malibu and Florida. Credit: AAP
Olivia Newton-John and her husband John Easterling look on during the annual Wellness Walk and Research Runon September 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Legacy

Newton-John’s own battle with breast cancer inspired her to help cancer sufferers and survivors around the world.

She created the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, which treats cancer and conducts clinical trials and carries out breakthrough research.

“If you think positive thoughts, you’ll create a positive world around yourself and attract positive people to you,” she told Us Weekly in 2019.

“I’m very lucky in all those areas; I have the best husband in the world and the best daughter. I’m lucky.”

Newton-John’s battle with cancer inspired her to create the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. Credit: Getty Images
Olivia Newton-John receives the Companion of the Order of Australia. Credit: The Australian
Olivia Newton-John at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Research Conference 2019, where she praised the role of music and art at the cancer clinic named in her honour. Credit: AAP
Flowers are placed on Olivia Newton-John’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star on August 08, 2022 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You – Part 1 airs on Channel 7 and 7plus Tuesday 9 August 9.10pm

Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You – Part 2, airs on Channel 7 and 7plus Wednesday 10 August 9.00pm

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