Music: death of singer Olivia Newton-John, the Sandy of “Grease”

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Olivier Newton-John and John Travolta pose to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film “Grease,” August 15, 2018, Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Beverly Hills.

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British-Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, star of the 70s and 80s, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 73.

She had made screening and the fight against cancer the fight of her last thirty years.

She marked a whole generation in the musical "Grease", alongside John Travolta. 


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Olivia Newton-John will forever remain the character of Sandy from Randal Kleiser's film


, a musical comedy released in cinemas in 1978. A romance in 1950s America where a wise young girl is transformed into an ultra sexy blonde, all in leather dressed to win back Danny, the leader of the T-Birds gang, the chosen one of her heart, a slicked-back black jacket (this is the translation of


) interpreted by actor John Travolta.

The critics kill the film but the duo works wonders and the teenagers make it a worldwide success.

Olivia Newton-John becomes an icon of the disco period.

In 1981 she topped the charts with her album


Coming to the cinema a bit by chance, and she will not stay there forever, it was in music that Olivia Newton-John had made her breakthrough in the United States in 1974 by winning with several country pop albums.

Over the past thirty years, the singer had fought against several recurrences of breast cancer, raising funds to finance research and the prevention of this disease which finally won her.


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