Olivia Newton-John

She's the one that we want

Early Life

Olivia Newton-John was born on the 26th of September, 1948 in Cambridge, England. She later moved to Melbourne, Australia when she was five years old. By the age of fifteen, she had already formed an all-girl group called Sol Four. Later on in that year, she won the talent show on a show called Sing, Sing, Sing, and as a result, earned a trip to London. In 1963, she was already making appearances on daytime soap operas, as well as weekly pop music programs in Australia. Olivia's first single was for Decca Records in 1966, and it was a version of Till You Say You'll Be Mine, by Jackie DeShannon. Five years later, in 1971, she also recorded a cover of Bob Dylan song If Not For You. However, this was only the very start to Olivia's long and fruitful career.


Olivia has had a long and fruitful career, with her first top ten single was Let Me Be There, on her album of the same name. The album was her U.S album debut. This earned her the award of Most Promising Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocalist.

Since then, Olivia has sold one hundred million albums, earned three Grammys, and numerous Country Music, American Music, and People's Choice Awards. She has had ten #1 hits, with Physical being named The Sexiest Song of All Time in 2010 by Billboard Magazine. She also received an Emmy award in 1999 for songwriting, which was also the year she returned to performing, touring the US for the first time in seventeen years.

It was her role alongside John Travolta in the 1978 movie musical Grease that launched her to super stardom. The soundtrack, which featured tracks such as Summer Nights, You're The One That I Want and Hopelessly Devoted To You, was a best-seller; and the movie itself is the most successful movie musical in history to date.

Olivia has been in a range of other feature films, including Toomorrow, Xandu, Two Of A Kind, It's My Party, Sordid Lives, Score: A Hockey Musical, and, most recently, A Few Best Men - which earned her some of the best reviews of her film career. In 2010, Olivia also made an appearance on two Glee episodes, where she performed Physical with Jane Lynch. This gave her another Top 100 hit.

2000 was a big year for Newton-John. She performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic games, with an estimated viewership of 4 billion people worldwide. She also got the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch during the Olympic Torch Relay. Olivia had also been invited by the Vatican to perform on the behalf of Pope John Paul II at the Jubilee celebration for the Sick and Healthcare Workers.

In 2002, she was inducted into the Australian Music Hall Of Fame at the 16th annual Aria awards. In 2005, along with her business partners Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and Gregg Cave, Olivia opened the Gaia Retreat & Spa. It is stationed in Byron Bay, New South Wales, and has received numerous awards since it's opening. The following year, in 2006, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Grease co-star, John Travolta.

In 2007, she recorded Christmas Wish, featuring Holiday Favourites and featuring duets with the likes of Barry Manilow and David Foster. The album was called one of the Best Holiday CD's of 2007 by USA Today. The following year, 2008, Olivia began co-hosting and co-producing the PBS series Healing Quest, reprising her role of Bitsy Mae Harling from Sordid Lives for the television series.

In 2010, she was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia from the Governer General, Quentin Bryce.

She released her first book, LivWise: Easy Recipes For A Healthy, Happy Life in Australia in 2011. LivWise is about introducing readers to ways of eating and living that will keep them in good happiness and health. Olivia herself believes that it is important to have a healthy diet in order to maintain wellness and balance. The book received critical acclaim in the United States and the United Kingdom when released in both in April 2012.

Olivia is also still doing music work, having released a healing CD, Grace and Gratitude: Renewed in 2010. It was co-written and produced by Amy Sky, and the album debuted at number two on Billboar Magazine's New Age chart. Olivia was reunited with her longtime producer and songwriter, John Farrar on the single Weigthless, on the A Few Best Men soundtrack. The soundtrack also features dance remix versions of classic hits such as Sugar Sugar and Daydream Believer, which were recorded by Olivia and remixed by some of the most popular club remixers in the world.

In the 2012 holiday season, Olivia reunited with John Travolta for This Christmas, which features the pair singing traditional Christmas songs. The album guest stars the likes of Barbra Streisand, Cliff Richard and James Taylor, to name a few. The proceeds from the album have been split and donated equally to Olivia and John's respective charities, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, and the Jett Travolta Foundation.

With a career spanning more decadesand a world popularity as strong as ever, Olivia Newton-John's career appears to be timeless.

Personal Life

In December 1984, Newton-John married longtime boyfriend Matt Lattanzi. They shared one child together, daughter Chloe Rose Lattanzi, born in January 1986. The pair later divorced in 1995.

In 1992, as she was preparing for a comeback tour, Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same weekened her father passed away. She later recovered, and has since become an advocate for breast cancer research, as well as other health issues. Her battle with the disease resulted in Olivia's self-penned and produced album GAIA, which is a personal album reflecting on her battle with cancer. She has since become a positive inspiration to those battling breast cancer, and is respected for openly talking about the importance of self detection. In 2008, she led a trek along the Great Wall of China with fellow cancer survivors, Olympians and celebrities. The walk raised two million dollars, with the funds going to discovering ways to treat cancer, and funding the ONJCWC (See below.)

It also resulted in Olivia announcing a partnership with Austin Health, and later the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, located in Melbourne, Australia. The ONJCWC opened on June 22nd, 2012, and provides a range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research. It also features a wellness centre for the body, mind and spirit. To benefit the ONJCWC, Olivia released a CD titled Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration in Song. The album was released internationally, and features duets with the likes of Keith Urban, Deltra Goodrem and Bary Gibb, as well as many more.

She also launced Liv Aid, which is a breast self-examination aid, helping women to do their self breast exams properly. Olivia appeared in the 2010 breast cancer docudrama, 1 a Minute. The film featured other celebrities who had either survived breast cancer or had been affected by the disease. In the same month, October, Bluewater Productions released a comic book feautring Olivia to go with Breast Cancer Awarness Month.

In 2008, Newton-John married John "Amazon John" Easterling, the Amazon Herb Company founder and owner. The pair are now spreading the news about the importance of saving the Rainforest, as well as the health values found in the botanticals of the Amazon. They also work with the ACEER organization, which helps the Indigenous people of the Amazon gain the title and ownership to their land. To further stress the importance of perserving the Rainforest, in 2009, the two joined Prince Charles' The Prince's Rainforest Project.'