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I’ll never forget the iconic ending scene of “Grease” when the camera pans from the shocked face of John Travolta as bad-boy Danny Zuko to his high school sweetheart, Sandy, who has literally transformed from an innocent transfer student into a leather-clad cool chick, complete with massive perm and sky-high heels.

In the starring role of one of the most successful movie musicals ever made, beauty icon Olivia Newton-John stole America’s heart and never looked back over the course of an awe-inspiring five-decade career, which included both movies and musical hits like 1981’s “Physical.”

Needless to say, it was with immense sadness we read the announcement on her official Facebook page today that the British Australian pop star had passed away at her ranch in Southern California at the age of 73.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,” the statement read. 

John Travolta shared a throwback photo on his Instagram account on Monday, along with a heartfelt tribute to his former co-star: 

 
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” he wrote. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!
Your Danny, your John!”

Not only did the star bravely battle recurring cancer for decades, she also inspired millions of other women in their own cancer journeys, and advocated as an environmental activist and animal rights champion until her death. 

Tributes to the megastar flooded social media after news of her death was announced. 

 

The loss of our beloved Sandy definitely hits hard, and we might have to sit the whole family down for a viewing of “Grease” this weekend in her honor.

One thing is absolutely certain—summer days may be drifting away, but the mega icon’s legacy is timeless.

Emily Solberg

Emily Solberg is a soldier, military spouse, mom of two, and fierce advocate of women supporting women. The goal of her writing is to help others feel less alone in their parenting journeys, and she isn’t afraid to share the hard parts of her own. You can find more from her over on Facebook and Instagram at Shower Arguments with Emily Solberg.

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