Behind her image as a tidy girl, the Australian-British interpreter, died at the age of 73 in California, was an ambassador of hedonism.
A certain idea of carelessness and lightness. This is the image that stuck to the skin of Olivia Newton-John. The singer and actress Australian-British, inseparable from her character in the musical Grease (1978), died on Monday August 8, at the age of 73, in her property of Santa Ynez (California), from breast cancer.
Born in 1948 in Cambridge (United Kingdom), the star with 100 million albums and the four Grammy Awards is not the first person in his family to have marked history. His father, Brinley Newton -John, had contributed to the decoding of Enigma – encryption system used by the German army to encrypt communications during the Second World War – and had participated in the arrest of Nazi Rudolf Hess in 1941. His A grandfather on the maternal side, the German physicist Max Born, is the Colauréat of the Nobel Prize in his discipline, in 1954.
Very early on, Olivia Newton-John devoted herself to music, encouraged by her mother. At the age of 15, she was revealed by a telecrochet in Australia, where her parents emigrated when she was younger. At Eurovision 1974, it represents the United Kingdom, with the naive Long Live Love. Dressed in an improbable Layette Blue Froufrous dress, she still finishes fourth, bowing in front of the irresistible Waterloo of the Swedes of Abba.
The same year, the artist released a country album, if you love me, let me know. His flexible and enveloping voice as well as his songs, whose love is the main concern, quickly earned him the fervor of the public. Ballad I Honestly Love You, in particular, offers her for the first time the head of the Billboard ranking in the United States – she will also occupy it in 1975, with Have You Never Been Mellow.
It is John Travolta who slips his name to play his partner in the film Grease – “Gomina”, in French -, by Randal Kleiser. The star of Star Wars Carrie Fisher was one time planned for this role of Sandy Olsson, in which the blonde Olivia Newton-John turns out, solar, first as a girl with a ponytail, then as a rebellious rebellious with feline loops, all dressed leather . The film, with immediate and planetary success, relaunches the fashion of drive-in cinemas and propels the singer to the top. The two actors will keep this collaboration an unwavering friendship.
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