Newton-John is a four-time Grammy Award winner and 12-time nominee.
She was already a Grammy winner when she starred in “Grease,” having won her first award in 1973 and two more the following year. In 1982, she won the award for video of the year for “Olivia Physical.”
Newton-John was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “Grease.”
In the years after “Grease,” the singer released more than 10 albums, some of which were Christmas records.
She also collaborated with Travolta for the song “Take a Chance,” which was part of the soundtrack for their 1983 movie “Two of a Kind.” They reunited in 2012 for the joint holiday album “This Christmas.” In 2019, Newton-John and Travolta participated in a “Grease” sing-along event and Q&A in Florida. They even wore outfits similar to those of their musical characters.
On the acting front, Newton-John starred in the 1980 movie “Xanadu,” two holiday movies (“A Mom for Christmas” and “A Christmas Romance”), and 2017’s “Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.”
She also guest-starred on season one of “Glee” and appeared as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
The “Physical” singer married “Xanadu” and “Grease 2” actor Matt Lattanzi in 1984 and welcomed a daughter named Chloe Lattanzi two years later. The couple divorced in 1995. Newton-John has been married to John Easterling since 2008.
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and said that her treatment lasted for almost one year. It involved a “partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, and breast reconstruction” in addition to meditating and other wellness practices.
Her cancer returned in 2013, but the actress didn’t reveal the news publicly. Four years later, Newton-John said that her breast cancer returned and it metastasized to her lower back.
In 2020 at a G’Day USA event in Beverly Hills, the actress told reporters that she was “winning over it well.”
“I don’t think about it a lot, to be honest,” she said, according to People. “Denial is a really good thing and I’m getting stronger and better all the time! I’m doing well!”
Her health battle also led her to launch the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.