Olivia Newton-John is a singer, songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. Her music career has been successful and award-winning in pop, country, soft rock, and pop rock genres. She is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Many of us will always remember her song, and video for, Physical and for her role as Sandy from the very successful film Grease.
Olivia Newton-John was born in 1948 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. She was the youngest of three children in her family. When she was six years old her family moved to Melbourne, Austrailia. At fourteen years old, she joined an all-girl group, Sol Four. They performed at a local coffee shop and then Olivia became a regular on local Austrailian radio and television programs. More roles and a contest led to her moving to Britain and recording her first single. She briefly became part of the band Toomorrow.
Olivia’s first solo album was later released in 1971. She was voted Best British Female Vocalist by the Record Mirror which led to acting roles and additional singing work and accolades. Olivia moved from the United Kingdom to the United States in the later 1970s. In 1977, she began acting in the movie Grease. It became the biggest box-office hit of 1978. Songs from the film’s soundtrack help propel her fame. In 1979, Olivia received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal.
In 1983, she co-founded Koala Blue, a store for Australian imports and women’s clothing. The chain closed in 1992. Personally, she married Matt Lattanzi in 1984. They had a daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, who became an actress and singer. Olivia and Matt divorced in 1995. Olivia later married John Easterling in 2008. Olivia has released over two dozen albums and starred in over two dozen acting roles. Music tours have been plentiful as well.
Olivia was known to advocate and work for several causes before her own health altered the direction of her humanitarian work. For instance, in 1979 she performed at the Music for UNICEF Concert. She was, also, appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme. In 1991, she became the National Spokesperson for the Colette Chuda Environmental Fund/Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. Then in the early 1990s, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has worked on behalf of those with breast cancer and their families. Money she has earned on some of her projects has since gone to breast cancer research and to those affected by cancer.
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