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Farewell to Olivia Newton John (1948 - 2022)

The amount of obituaries that flooded the web is simply extraordinary, after the death of former star Olivia Newton-John from breast cancer at the age of 73. All her acquaintances and those who met her in her life spoke of a pleasant and kind-hearted woman, the fact that they did not get dirty is unusual these days.

Indeed, throughout her career Olivia has been at the heart of the consensus, embracing it and never leaving. She had a heart-warming appearance; in her youth she was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world. Even before she appeared in Grease, the Australian star sang a series of mainstream pop hits that reached reasonable places on the charts of that time.

There is no doubt that the musical Grease, which was adapted into a film in 1978, was her breakthrough for millions of fans around the world. The songs won her a Grammy and brought her almost phenomenal success. Although she won the hearts of the audience, critics were never particularly impressed with her talent as a singer as well as an actress.

In Grease, she tried to shed her good girl image by playing Sandy who fell in love with Danny, the class bully. The film became one of the most successful in the history of musicals and still receives tributaries from the younger generation.

Her career after Grease, knew few successes even though she signed one of the biggest hits of the 80s. Throughout her career that was mostly soft rock songs, she maintained a steady fan base that continued to buy the albums she released.

As a musician she is undoubtedly a success, with sales of close to one hundred million albums and several movie soundtracks that produced hits. Her acting career however after Grease never managed to take off and even waned throughout the 80's. Although she cultivated a clean image, she was part of a series of affairs with famous men and even married three times.

In 1992 her life changed after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought the disease and continued to win for thirty years until it was finally decided. She established a fund for research and even a wing there in a hospital. She made a huge contribution to cancer research thanks to the many funds she raised over the years.

Newton has one daughter, who also fought in the anorexia department and even won. She always showed affection and compassion towards people, who appreciated her positive approach to life. All her life she embraced the consensus and thrived on it, when asked about it she answered: "There is nothing wrong with love even if it comes from commercial success."

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