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Olivia Newton-John, Beloved Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73

Olivia Newton-John in 2018.

Olivia Newton-John in 2018.

Photographer: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Olivia Newton-John, the singer and actress who enchanted the world in the movie ‘Grease’ and was one of the best-selling music artists of the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 73.

Newton-John, who was born in England but raised in Australia, rose to stardom in the US around 50 years ago as a singer of ballads and country music songs including her first number one ‘I Honestly Love You’ in 1974. Her girl-next-door image helped win her a co-starring role in the 1978 film version of the Broadway musical ‘Grease’, playing the innocent Sandy who transforms into a ‘bad-girl’ persona to win over John Travolta’s Danny.