“Tell me about it . . . stud.”
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:
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.
In loving memory of our Sandy, Olivia Newton-John.❤️ pic.twitter.com/QGOiCrQSM3
— Grease (@GoGrease) August 8, 2022
RIP the biggest icon of my childhood. I loved Olivia Newton John with all my girlish heart ❤️ Grease brought me pure joy- singing and dancing with my friends till we dropped. She sings with the angels now ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vGUxgVmMco
— Gina Bellman (@Ginabellman) August 8, 2022
Really sad to hear about the passing of Olivia Newton-John. My first real crush as a kid. I loved Grease & her music & I coincidentally also bought & lived in for a while the wonderful home she built in Malibu. May she Rest In Peace. ❤️ https://t.co/gP10SJWqFZ
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) August 8, 2022
I never met Olivia Newton-John. I was only a hopelessly devoted fan. I’m told she was one of the dearest and kindest people. My sympathy to all her loved ones. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) August 8, 2022
We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 8, 2022
My great friend Olivia Newton John has passed away. She was the perfect Lady, gorgeous, with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication.
Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy‘ era.
Sir Rod pic.twitter.com/Suleq8JSkX
— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) August 8, 2022
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.