Olivia Newton-John, beloved actress as Sandy in 'Grease,' dies at 73

Newton-John’s husband John Easterling confirmed his wife’s death via her verified Facebook page on Monday, writing that Newton-John “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

She announced her third round of battling cancer in 2017, this time at the base of her spine. An initial breast cancer diagnosis came in 1992; doctors again found cancer, in Newton-John’s shoulder, following a car accident in 2013.

When asked in a September 2018 interview with Australia’s Channel Seven if she was scared following the third diagnosis, she said, “I’d be lying if I said I never go there. There are moments; I’m human. If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that big fear. But my husband’s always there, and he’s there to support me.”

“I believe I will win over it,” she continued. “That’s my goal.”

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© PARAMOUNT PICTURES Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta starred in the 1978 film “Grease.”

Her star-making turn with John Travolta in “Grease” was heightened by the film’s massively successful soundtrack, which was the second-best-selling album of the year in 1978 and has been certified more than 8 times platinum.

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” – which received an Oscar nomination for best original song in 1979 – as well as her duets with Travolta, “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” have become multi-generational favorites and, at the time, provided Newton-John with an entry into pop stardom. Article appeared on USA Today continue reading.