Respected actress and show business legend Dame Olivia Newton-John has died, leaving behind a legacy as one of the best-selling female artists of her time.
The British-born performer emigrated with her family to Australia at the age of six and, after starting her career, appeared on Australian TV shows such as Forward! Show and talent competition Sing, sing, singNewton-John moved to the UK, where she began singing in London clubs.
Her major breakthrough came in 1971 with the release of her first solo album. If not you.
Since then, in Newton-John’s career, she has won four Grammy Awards, 10 American Music Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a 1978 Oscar nomination for the song. Hopelessly devoted to youwho appeared in the 1978 film Lubricant.
She is estimated to have died with a net worth of around US$60 million (AU$85.9 million), which she had amassed through her business ventures and a distinguished singing and acting career, which she later used to fuel her activities.
The most iconic roles of Olivia Newton-John
During her career, Newton-John has appeared in 15 films and released 26 studio albums, including six soundtracks and 70 singles.
Internationally, Newton-John was perhaps best known for her iconic portrayal of Sandy in Lubricant. She was 29 at the time, seven years older than her co-star John Travolta.
While it is unknown how much she was paid for her role in the film, she sued Universal Music Group Inc in 2006 for unpaid royalties. The breach of contract suit stated that Newton-John’s company, ON-J Productions, Ltd, was owed over US$1 million (AU$1.5 million) in royalties and other contract payments.
Although Universal attempted to dismiss the claims, it was later announced that they had reached an undisclosed conditional settlement with Newton-John.
In an attempt to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Health and Cancer Center, the artist auctioned her off. Lubricant memorabilia in 2019. The auction listing included her iconic Pink Ladies jacket, black leather pants and leather jacket, as well as signed memorabilia, photographs and other accessories. The entire auction raised over A$3.4 million, with the iconic leather jacket only selling for A$348,500.
She also represented Great Britain in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest where she sang Long live love. In fourth place, she lost to ABBA, who won with waterloo.
Other Olivia Newton-John ventures
In addition to her acting and performances, Newton-John has also been known for her activism for animal rights, environmental issues, and breast cancer awareness. The disease was diagnosed in the mother of one child in 1992. In 2017, she announced that her breast cancer had returned and progressed to stage 4. It also turned out that this was her third attack of breast cancer, but it metastasized to the lower back. .
While she has advocated for several breast cancer organizations, in 2012 she opened the Olivia Newton-John Health and Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia.
Newton John was also a founding member of Byron Bay’s most famous health resort, Gaia Retreat & Spa. Opened in 2005, the 22-room boutique is set in 8 hectares of hinterland and offers a day spa, saltwater pool and walking paths.
Founded in 2005, Newton-John and three other co-founders of Gaia sold the business to Tattarang, a private equity group owned by mining tycoon Fortescue Andrew and his wife, Nicola Forrest. The property was sold for $30 million and executed by Colliers.
At the time, a statement was released on behalf of her and her co-owners, in which she said it was time for her to “pass the baton”.
“Over these blessed years, co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and I have helped make Gaia ‘heaven on earth’ by creating the healing and loving place that has become so important to us and our guests from all over the world. Newton John said.
“After winning so many modest and outstanding awards, we decided it was time to ‘pass the baton’ to the new Guardians so they can continue our positive message that Gaia is ‘your time to reconnect, take a breath and surrender’.
However, her American leisure clothing line Koala Blue was less successful. At its peak, the brand had over 60 stores in Hong Kong, Canada, Japan, France, the United States and Australia, but was liquidated in 1992.
Three years earlier in 1989, the business had earned A$22.22 million, but the company suffered heavy losses during the recession of the early 1990s when Australian Financial Review reported.
“We expanded so quickly when the recession hit that we really got hit,” Newton-John said.
Olivia Newton-John dies at 73
News of the beloved artist’s death broke Tuesday morning and her husband John Easterling confirmed the news.
Newton-John died at her Southern California ranch surrounded by family and friends. Her family also asked for donations to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation in lieu of flowers.
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” a post on her official Instagram read.
“Her healing inspiration and pioneering expertise in plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation’s foundation dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research.”
She is survived by her daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, fathered by Newton-John’s first husband Matt Lattanzi.