Olivia Newton-John, whose sales surpassed a record 100 million, died Monday at her Southern California ranch.
NEW YORK — John Travolta pays tribute to Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, who died Monday at the age of 73.
In an Instagram post, Travolta wrote, “My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was amazing. I love you so much. We will see you later and we will all be together again from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
From 1973 to 1983, Newton-John was one of the most popular entertainers in the world.
She has had 14 top 10 singles in the US alone, won four Grammys, and starred opposite Travolta in Grease and with Gene Kelly in Xanadu.
The fast-paced Travolta-Newton-John duet “You’re the One That I Want” was one of the biggest songs of the era, selling more than 15 million copies.
Travolta had starred in the stage version of Grease and thought Newton-John would be the “ultimate” Sandy for the planned film, the nice girl who gets hard in the last act and gets her man.
“I worried that at 29 I would be too old to play a high school girl,” Newton-John, who insisted on doing a screen test before accepting the role, told The Telegraph in 2017. “Everything about making the film was fun, but if I had to pick a favorite moment, it was the transformation from what I call Sandy 1 to Sandy 2. I got to play a different character and wear different clothes, and when I put on this tight black outfit to say ‘You’re the One That I Want’, I got a very different reaction from the guys on set.”
Released in 1978, Grease was one of the highest-grossing musical films of all time, grossing nearly $400 million at the box office.
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