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Actress Olivia Newton-John died at the age of 73, as her husband announced in a note pointing out that the artist passed away “peacefully on her ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends.” The star, famous for playing Sandy in Greasehad been ill for a long time with cancer (from the 90s to the breast, and from 2018 to the spine) and fought against the disease by witnessing her battle publicly.
The unforgettable Sandy from Grease
She was born in Cambridge on September 26, 1948 but at the age of five she moved with her family to Australia. In the 60s she, very young, she had returned to London where she had started a career in the world of music. In 1974, thanks to the single I Honestly Love You, had won the gold record. The consecration, however, came in 1978, on the big screen, with the film Grease, alongside Danny Zucco / John Travolta. It was a box office success and its soundtrack remained on the hit parade for 12 weeks. After the musical, Olivia Newton-John’s career continued in the music world, with hits such as Physical (1981), winner of several gold and platinum records. But there have also been some appearances on the big screen, like when he starred next to Travolta again in Two like us.
The fight against cancer
The fight against cancer began in 1992 with breast cancer that Newton-John had initially defeated, becoming a proponent of screening: in Melbourne, Australia, a center for the fight against cancer bears his name. Then in 2013 her recurrence, also extended to her shoulder, which forced her to postpone a tour in the United States and Canada. In 2017, she was also diagnosed with back cancer, at the base of the spine.