Olivia Newton-John had a successful career as a singer and as an actress. Olivia is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is thought to have sold about 120 million records. She has put out more than 25 studio albums, and songs like “Physical,” “I Really Love You,” and “Have You Ever Been Mellow” are among her most famous singles.
Sandy Olsson in the 1978 musical “Grease” is Newton-most John’s famous film role. She has also been in “Xanadu” (1979), “Sordid Lives” (2000), and “The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee” (2020), as well as the TV shows “Sordid Lives: The Series” (2008) and “Glee” (2010).
Olivia Newton John Early Life
Olivia Newton-John was born in England on September 26, 1948, in the city of Cambridge, in the county of Cambridgeshire. Olivia grew up with her mother Irene, father Brinley, and two older siblings, Hugh and Rona. In the early 1980s, Rona married Olivia’s co-star from “Grease,” Jeff Conaway. During World War II, Brinley worked as an MI5 officer on the Enigma project.
After the war, he became the Headmaster of the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys. Max Born, Newton-maternal John’s grandfather, was a physicist who won the Nobel Prize and left Germany for Britain to get away from the Nazis. Olivia and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was 6 years old. Her father got a job at the University of Melbourne’s Ormond College. Newton-John went to both University High School and Christ Church Grammar School.
Olivia Newton John Career
Olivia and three of her classmates started the band Sol Four when they were 14 years old. The all-girl group often played at her brother-in-coffee law’s shop, and she was often on local TV and radio shows. She met Pat Carroll and John Farrar when she was on “The Go!! Show.” Pat Carroll became her duet partner, and John Farrar was her producer. Newton-John won a talent contest on “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and the prize was a trip to Great Britain, which she took a year later.
She made her first movie, “Funny Things Happen Down Under,” in 1965. In 1966, she released her first single, “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine.” Later, she joined forces with Pat Carroll to make the duo Pat and Olivia. After Carroll’s visa ran out and she had to go back to Australia, Newton-John focused on solo work until 1975, when she joined the group Tomorrow.
She was in the 1970 movie “Tomorrow” with the band, and they put out the singles “I Could Never Live Without Your Love/Roll Like a River” and “You’re My Baby Now/Goin’ Back.” Olivia’s first solo album, “If Not for You,” came out on November 1, 1971. In Australia, it was given a Platinum rating. Newton-John won her first Grammy and an Academy of Country Music award for her third album, “Let Me Be There,” which came out in 1973. In 1974, she was chosen to sing for the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest, where she came in fourth.
Olivia Newton John Personal Life
Olivia got engaged to Bruce Welch in 1968. He produced some of her music and helped her write the song “Please Mr. Please.” When they broke up in 1972, he tried to kill himself. She started dating businessman Lee Kramer in 1973, and he later became her manager. They were together for most of the 1970s, but Newton-John called their relationship “one long breakup.”
She married her co-star from “Xanadu,” Matt Lattanzi, on December 15, 1984. They had a daughter, Chloe Rose, in January 1986, and then got a divorce in 1995. Then Olivia dated cameraman/gaffer Patrick McDermott on and off for almost ten years, but he disappeared while fishing off the coast of California in 2005. People have said that McDermott faked his death and was living in Mexico for a long time.
Olivia Newton John Prizes and Awards
Olivia got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1981, and in 2002, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Australian Recording Industry Association. In 1990, she was named a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Environment Programmed, and in 1998, she was given a Cadillac Concept to the World Humanitarian Award. In 1999, Newton-John was given a Humanitarian Award by the Red Cross and the “Woman of the 21st Century” Award by the Women’s Guild of Cedar-Sinai Hospital.
Olivia Newton John Net Worth
At the time of her death, British actress, singer, writer, and producer Dame Olivia Newton-John AC DBE was worth $60 million. Olivia Newton-John died at the age of 73 on August 8, 2022. She had cancer and had been fighting it on and off for a long time. Olivia Newton-John had a successful career as a singer and as an actress. Olivia is one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is thought to have sold about 120 million records.