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'Grease' Star Olivia Newton-John: How Is She Doing These Days?

Grease star Olivia Newton-John: How is she doing today?
October 30, 2019 - 21:30 / Clemens Fanger

The legendary musical movie Grease already celebrated its 40th birthday in 2018, but young people are being introduced to the timeless love story between "Danny" and "Sandy" every year...With John Travolta still ranking in Hollywood's A-list, we wondered how his co-star Olivia Newton-John is actually doing today.

With her role as "Sandy" in the 1978 musical movie sensation Grease, Olivia Newton-John (71) immortalized herself. The film had it all: cool outfits, fast cars and memorable songs sung by a talented cast of gorgeous actors that included John Travolta (65), Stockard Channing (75) and many more. Newton-John played the timid "Sandy Olsson", who falls in love with the greaser "Danny Zuko" and with their incredible chemistry they made their mark in movie history.

Olivia Newton-John, pictured in 1971.

Olivia Newton-John was a teenage star

When Olivia was six, she and her family moved from England to Melbourne, Australia where she soon got into music and the performing arts. At the age of 14, she already formed her first girl band with classmates and soon after won a talent contest on Australian TV. After some chart success with a cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You" in 1971, she represented England in the Eurovision Song Contest and placed fourth in 1974 - the same year in which ABBA won with "Waterloo".

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the 1978 film Grease.

Olivia Newton-John: Grease defined her career

Then came the big one. Olivia was cast in THE role of her career: "Sandy Olsson" in Grease. At the age of 26, she played the shy high school student quite convincingly and her performance alongside John Travolta made Grease number one at the box office in 1978. The film's soundtrack (including songs like "The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights") is still one of the best-selling albums of the decade.

Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi, pictured in 1981.

Olivia Newton John: The Grease star has a daughter

Olivia Newton-John moved on to a career in music (aside from starring in Grease 2) and had hits like "Xanadu" and "Physical". And things also developed in her private life - she got married to actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984 and they have a daughter together: Chloe Rose, who was born in 1986. Unfortunately, Olivia and Matt divorced in 1995 but she managed to find love again. She married her second husband, businessman and conservationist John Easterling in 2008.

Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling were married in 2008.
Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling were married in 2008.

These days, Olivia and John live a quiet life in Australia. She dedicates a lot of her time to raising funds for cancer research, having been diagnosed with cancer herself three times already. Her most recent acting role was alongside Paul Hogan and Chevy Chase in the upcoming 2020 movie The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee.