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  • Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta just appeared at a Grease reunion event.
  • The pair appeared at the Meet n’ Grease Sing-Along in West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • They both dressed up as the characters that catapulted them to stardom, Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.

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Anyone who grew up watching Grease on repeat like I did is going to be thrilled to find out that John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have dressed up as their iconic characters.

For the Meet n’ Grease Sing-Along at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, both Travolta and Newton-John donned leather jackets, channeling lovebirds Danny and Sandy. The stars also performed several of the musical’s hit songs, sending the audience wild.

Newton-John took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes snap and wrote, “First time in costume since we made the movie! So excited!!” It is more than a little exciting to see Travolta and Newton-John holding hands and dressed just like their Grease counterparts.

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First time in costume since we made the movie ! So excited!!

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Travolta also shared some snaps of the incredible event, which even included the car that Sandy and Danny fly off in at the end of the movie.

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#Grease is still the word. Opening night of #MeetNGrease at the @coralskyamp in West Palm Beach!

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Onstage, Newton-John and Travolta looked adorable in their matching leather outfits, and it’s clear that the performers became firm friends when they made Grease.

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Earlier this year, Newton-John was diagnosed with cancer for the third time. The actress and singer recently auctioned off a plethora of memorabilia to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The star sold off the leather jacket she wore in Grease to an anonymous bidder for $243,200, who then sweetly gifted it back to the actress.

  • During a recent red carpet interview, John Travolta hinted that he and his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John might be partnering up again soon.
  • John also praised Olivia for her strength amid her battle with cancer.

Ever since John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred alongside each other in 1978’s hit musical film Grease, fans have known that the two talented actors go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) And now, it sounds like we might be able to see them join forces on another project or performance sometime soon.

While walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, The Fanatic, John opened up about his close friendship with Olivia, hinting that there might be a collaboration in the future.

“We were together not that long ago, about three months ago, and we text each other all the time,” he told Us Weekly at the event. “It’s wonderful … If I go to see her in her show, we go backstage and hang out, and I watch the show and all that. If I go to see her personally, we usually have dinner and catch up. And recently we’ve been talking about trying to do something together.”

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend the 40th anniversary screening of Grease together in August 2018. Alberto E. RodriguezGetty Images

Sounds promising, right? Of course, both John and Olivia have been very busy in recent months. John has already had three feature films premiere in 2019. And since publicly announcing her third breast cancer diagnosis in September 2018, Olivia has been taking time to focus on her health.

“It was a challenging year because I broke my sacrum and I had to learn to walk again and everything,” Olivia, whose stage-four cancer has metastasized to her bones, recently told Entertainment Weekly. “But I am strong, and I am back, and I’m feeling good and loving every minute.”

During his red carpet interviews at The Fanatic premiere, John also praised Olivia for her strength throughout her cancer battle.

Olivia Newton-John stars as Sandy and John Travolta stars as Danny in the 1978 movie Grease. Paramount PicturesGetty Images

As she revealed in her recent 60 Minutes Australia interview, Olivia is also planning on auctioning off her iconic black pants and leather jacket from Grease and donating a portion of the profits to her hospital, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

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To every Grease fan’s surprise, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never actually dated after playing the roles of Sandy and Danny in the 1978 hit film.

While a romance between the two actors was somewhat expected, Newton-John, 69, is now coming clean about why it never happened—even though it certainly could have.

Talking to Mia Freedman on the No Filter podcast, the actress said that the sexual “tension” between her and Travolta, 64, stayed on-screen, because they each had other relationships with other people off-screen.

“We were both with other people when we were filming and I think, respectfully, it just didn’t happen,” Newton-John said.

“I think it was good, because I think it kept the tension there and the chemistry. It might have been a real disaster had we decided to date or we had a falling out or something. So I think it was just as well that it didn’t happen. But we’re still great friends.”

Newton-John even described her love for Travolta as “sisterly.” Say what?

As RadarOnline.com readers know, Newton-John’s shocking revelation about Travolta comes after the actor’s other costar, Kirstie Alley, confessed she’s always loved him and regrets not having married him!

Are you surprised Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta never fell in love? Sound off in the comments below.

Fearless is a fitting description for Olivia Newton-John, especially during an off-road tour of her California ranch with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, to visit her miniature horses.

The horses’ names? “Harry and Winston. They’re my little jewels!” she said. “I can’t ride anymore. So, this way I can enjoy horses without feeling the pressure that I need to ride them.”

The horses ease her mind, just as the marijuana buds growing in cups nearby ease something else. The pain, she said, is really bad: “Crying kind of pain. Tears pain.”

The pain can be unbearable, but the spirit remains unshakable, as the English-Australian superstar who just turned 71 battles breast cancer for a third time.

King asked, “When you have a diagnosis like this, how do you stay in the moment and stay present and not let it consume you and worry you?”

“Denial is really good!” Newton-John laughed. “It’s really healthy! But it was consuming my day. And after a time, I went, ‘You know what? I don’t know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life. So, I’m going to eat a cookie if I want it. And I’m gonna have a cup of tea if I want it. And if I wanna have a little bit of wine, I’m gonna do that.’ Because the joy of life and everyday living has to be a part of that healing process as well.”

Olivia Newton-John with CBS News’ Gayle King. CBS News

Finding joy in life – it’s not surprising for someone who brings so much of it to the world, and for so long. It’s hard to remember a time when Olivia Newton-John wasn’t in the spotlight. A four-time Grammy Award-winner, she’s sold 100 million albums with songs like “I Honestly Love You,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

“See, all this time I always thought it was, ‘Have You Ever Been Mellow?'” said King.

“I know, most people think that!” Newton-John said.

And the biggest hit of the 1980s? It’s not from Madonna or U2 … it’s from her.

Oh, let’s get physical, physical
I want to get physical
Let’s get into physical
Let me hear your body talk, your body talk
Let me hear your body talk
Let’s get animal, animal
I want to get animal

Olivia Newton-John – Physical (Official Video) by OliviaNewtonJohnVEVO on YouTube

“All those things were, like, so risqué,” said Newton-John. “But now, compared to what’s on the radio, it’s kinda like a lullaby!”

There’s also her film career, and her role as Sandy opposite John Travolta’s Danny in the 1978 blockbuster, “Grease.”

Grease (1978) – Hopelessly Devoted to You Scene (4/10) | Movieclips by Movieclips on YouTube

The musical was a game-changer for her – and yes, people still call her “Sandy.”

King asked, “Is that annoying?”

“Well, at this point, I’m thrilled they recognize me!” she laughed.

She was 28 at the time of “Grease.” Fifteen years later, at age 43, Newton-John’s seemingly charmed life forever changed when she felt a lump during a breast self-examination.

That was not the only devastating news that day: She was diagnosed on the same day as the death of her father. “I had a daughter, I had a child to care about,” she said. “And that was my focus. You know, ‘I’ve gotta get through this for her.'”

Following chemotherapy, she was declared cancer-free, until she learned it spread to her back in 2013.

But, she said it has not made her angry.

“Help me understand how you’re not angry,” asked King. “I would think so many people would be angry and frustrated and sad – Why me?”

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Newton-John said, “Why me? has never been a part of it. But I never felt victimized. I never felt, ‘Why not?’ Maybe deep down I knew there was a reason or a purpose for it. Or maybe I needed to create one to make it okay for myself. Because, again, it’s a decision – How am I gonna deal with it? You choose.”

The cancer went into remission.

But two years ago, it returned again. She was told it’s stage four.

King asked, “What did the doctors say to you about your prognosis now?”

“Prognosis? I don’t discuss prognosis,” she replied. “Because, in my opinion, if they give you a percentage or, you know, ‘This many women get this and they live this long,’ you can create that and make it happen. It’s almost like, I think I know what the statistics are. But I put them away. I’m gonna live longer than that. I’ve made that decision.”

“Is death something that you think about?” King asked.

‘Try not to. But you have to think about it. I mean, it’s part of life. And, of course, if you have a cancer diagnosis, your death is kind of there. Whereas most people, we don’t have a clue when we’re gonna die. And I could die tomorrow – a tree could fall on me. So, it’s just that we have that knowledge that we could die.

“But I try not to think about it too much, but I try to mediate and be peaceful about it, and know that everyone I love is there, so there’s something to look forward to.”

Newton-John is touched by all the fans thinking of her, and moved to tears watching a message that Hugh Jackman posted on social media during a concert in Australia:

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@therealonj you are the most incredible …. !! We love you. HJ, Debs and 15 thousand of your closest friends. #onjwellnesscentre

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“It’s so sweet,” Newton-John said.

“It’s better than people thinking, ‘Is she still here?'” said King.

Newton-John spends most of her time at home, with her husband, John Easterlng. She calls him “Amazon John.” He’s an advocate for the healing powers of plants, especially cannabis, like the ones he grows especially for her.

She’s also very close to her daughter Chloe, from her first marriage. “She says to me, she says, ‘You know, mum, different people have different kinds of cancer. And my cancer was my addictions and my problems and my anorexia and things I’ve had.’ So, she feels like she’s kind of going through it with me and healing herself at the same time and facing her issues, because I’m facing mine. So, it’s been a really wonderful period of growth for both of us.”

Retired from performing, she’s an activist and philanthropist. She founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne.

This November, her most famous costumes will be auctioned off, with some of the proceeds going towards her center. The items include clothes from the movie “Xanadu”; a Pink Ladies jacket from “Grease”; and the unforgettable black outfit from that movie’s closing number:

Grease 40th Anniversary – “You’re The One That I Want” Clip by Fathom Events on YouTube

King said, “I don’t know how you got in them. That’s what I would like to know.”

“Well, you know, I was a pretty skinny girl! And they were the perfect fit for me, except the zip was broken, so they would stitch me into them.”

“So, what would happen if you had to pee?”

“They’d have to unpick it, and then sew me back in, so I would try not to drink too much.”

Skin-tight back then – but could she get into them now?

“Well, they live again!” Newton-John laughed. “Only you could get me to do this again!”

Olivia Newton-John wears her “Grease” costume. CBS News

Olivia Newton-John is the only one, with the style and the smile, and so much strength.

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Olivia Newton-John’s appeal seems to be timeless. With a career spanning more than five decades she is still a vibrant, creative individual adored by fans around the globe. Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, the youngest child of Professor Brin Newton-John and Irene, daughter of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Max Born, Olivia moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family when she was five. Her first big break was winning a talent contest on the popular TV show, Sing, Sing, Sing, which earned Olivia a trip to London. By the age of fifteen she had formed an all-girl group called Sol 4 and, in 1963, Olivia was appearing on local daytime TV shows and weekly pop music programs in Australia. When she eventually took her prize-winning trip to London, she teamed up with her friend from Melbourne, Pat Carroll (now Pat Farrar), to create a double act, “Pat & Olivia,” and the duo toured army bases and clubs throughout the UK and Europe. Olivia cut her first single for Decca Records in 1966, a version of Jackie DeShannon’s “Till You Say You’ll Be Mine,” and in 1971, she recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “If Not For You,” co-produced by Bruce Welch and fellow Aussie and friend, John Farrar, whom she continues to collaborate with today.

Olivia’s U.S. album debut, Let Me Be There, produced her first top ten single of the same name, with Olivia being honored by the Academy Of Country Music as “Most Promising Female Vocalist” and a Grammy Award as “Best Country Vocalist.” This proved to be only the beginning of a very exciting career. With more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music and Peoples Choice Awards, ten #1 hits including “Physical,” (which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks making it the #1 single of the ‘80s), and over 15 top 10 singles. In November 2015, Billboard Magazine listed “Physical” at #8 on their “Top 100 Songs Of All Time” list and in 2010 listed it as “The Sexiest Song of All Time.” In addition, in 2015 Olivia was ranked #20 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists” and most recently was ranked #7 on Billboard’s “Greatest Of All Time Hot 100 Women Artists.”

In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in Grease catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets “You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights,” with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” To date Grease remains the most successful movie musical in history. Her other feature film credits include Funny Things Happen Down Under, Toomorrow, Xanadu, Two Of A Kind, It’s My Party, Sordid Lives, Score: A Hockey Musical, and A Few Best Men.

Throughout her career, the much-loved star, who danced with Gene Kelly in Xanadu, hosted the popular internationally syndicated Wild Life television show, was bestowed an O.B.E. (Order Of The British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth in 1979, has held many humanitarian causes close to her heart, particularly since the birth of her daughter Chloe in 1986. Olivia was named the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme and in 1991, served as the national spokesperson for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC), which was founded after the tragic death of Chloe’s best friend from a rare childhood cancer. Her devotion and shared commitment to CHEC’s (now Healthy Child, Healthy World) mission and goals enabled the organization to receive worldwide attention and support. (For more information visit www.HealthyChild.org).

Her charmed life has not been without its share of upset. In the early 90’s, Olivia successfully overcame her first journey with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, Gaia, her most personal album reflecting upon her experiences with cancer. As a breast cancer “thriver,” Olivia has become increasingly well known and respected for talking openly about her personal journey with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection for more than 25 years. This led her to announce her partnership with Austin Health and the creation of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC) on the Austin Campus in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. In April 2008, Olivia led a team of fellow cancer survivors, celebrities and Olympians on a trek along the Great Wall of China and raised more than $2 million to find a new way to treat cancer and build the ONJCWC. After continuing the fundraising efforts and helping to raise nearly $200 million, the ONJCWC, opened in June 2012, and provides a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research including a wellness center for the mind, body and spirit (ONJCancerCentre.org). In 2014, Olivia was thrilled when the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute opened on the grounds of the ONJCWC. The strategic co-location of research laboratories and research-training within a clinical environment enables clinicians and researchers to work together to integrate clinical medicine with basic and translational cancer research for the ultimate benefit of cancer patients.

Olivia continues to give back to the community generously and has been acknowledged many times by charitable and environmental organizations for her ongoing efforts, among them: the American Red Cross, the Environmental Media Association, the Women’s Guild of Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center, and the Rainforest Alliance and Concept Cure. In 1996 she created National Tree Day, which is responsible for planting more than 20 million trees in Australia. Most recently she co-founded One Tree, One Child, an international school initiative with the goal of having every child under the age of ten plant at least one tree.

In the new millennium, Olivia’s international recognition continues to grow. She was invited by the Vatican on behalf of Pope John Paul II to perform at the “Jubilee Celebration for the Sick and Healthcare Workers” and, she was thrilled to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics to an estimated global viewing audience of four billion people. Adding to this Olympic experience is what Olivia feels is one of her most memorable moments – the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch during the Olympic Torch Relay.

In 1983, as an entrepreneur with a desire to bring “everything Australian” to the world, she opened her first store, Koala Blue, with her friend and former singing partner, Pat Farrar. Her passion for Australia was proven once again when Olivia and Pat launched their distinctly Australian wines under the iconic homegrown Koala Blue brand, to proudly bring the “taste of Australia” to the rest of the world in 2002. That year Olivia was also inducted into the prestigious Australian Music Hall Of Fame at the 16th Annual Aria Awards.

In February 2005, along with her business partners Gregg Cave, Warwick Evans and Ruth Kalnin, Olivia opened Gaia Retreat & Spa in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, as an ideal place to renew, refresh and restore. Gaia has received numerous awards since it opened including the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Award Winner for the Favourite Overseas Hotel Spa: Australasia & South Pacific; Best Health Retreat award at the Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards, as well as TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award for Best Relaxation/Spa Hotels in South Pacific; and the World Travel Award for Australia’s Leading Spa Resort and Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel, among many others. In 2014, Gaia also became a member of Virtuoso, the travel industry’s leading luxury network spanning over 26 countries and 9,000 travel advisors. TripAdvisor named Gaia #3 of the “Top 10 Celebrity-Owned Hotels in the World,” putting Olivia in the company of fellow hotel owners, Robert Redford, Bono and Robert De Niro.

Some of Gaia’s most recent accolades include the World Travel Awards 2018, Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel (Continent Winner); World Luxury Spa Awards 2018, Best Luxury Spa Retreat (Continent Winner) and Best Luxury Wellness Spa (Country Winner); World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2018, Luxury Spa Restaurant (Global Winner). Gaia’s unique wellness & healing ethos has truly set it apart by offering guests total flexibility to personally tailor their retreat experience. Gaia’s award-winning Day Spa is “home” to some of Australia’s best healers and therapists, with leading wellness consultants, yoga instructors and fitness coaches available to meet the guests every need. Add to this Gaia’s highly acclaimed world class spa cuisine, which has received numerous awards, including, most recently, the 2018 World Luxury Restaurant Award for Best Health & Wellness Cuisine (Global Winner).

In 2006, Olivia received the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the entertainment industry as a singer and actor, and to the community through organizations supporting breast cancer treatment, education, training and research, and the environment. In 2010 Governor General Quentin Bryce invested Ms. Olivia Newton-John AO OBE as an Officer of the Order of Australia at a ceremony in Canberra. That year she also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” presented by friend John Travolta at the G’Day L.A. Gala.

Olivia’s 2007 holiday recording, Christmas Wish features both new and classic holiday favorites and duets with such Grammy winners as Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, David Foster and Jon Secada, to name a few, and was called one of the “Best Holiday CDs of 2007” by USA Today. That year she also premiered her first concert special for Public Television – Olivia Newton-John: Live From Sydney! filmed at the historic Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony. A two-hour DVD release of this stunning performance, featuring additional concert footage and Olivia’s personal tour of some of her favorite spots in Sydney, was released by Capitol/EMI in January 2008 and subsequently became a favorite concert special on PBS. In 2008, Olivia began co-hosting and co-producing the PBS series, Healing Quest and, she reprised her film role of Bitsy Mae Harling from Sordid Lives in the LOGO series to rave reviews.

In 2008, Olivia married “Amazon John” Easterling and, together they are spreading the word about the importance of preserving the Rainforest and the health values found in the botanicals of the Amazon. They currently serve on the Board of the ACEER Organization (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) to help the indigenous people of the Amazon gain ownership and title to their land. In September 2009, they also joined forces with Prince Charles’ The Prince’s Rainforest Project to further stress the global importance of preserving the Rainforest.

In 2010, Olivia appeared as herself in two episodes of the hit series, Glee, adding another Top 100 hit to her credits with a new version of “Physical” sung with Jane Lynch. In October 2010 Olivia starred in the breast cancer docudrama 1 A Minute and, the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical. Her 2012 film, A Few Best Men, garnered her some of the best reviews of her film career. The soundtrack to the film features dance remixes of classic hits such as “Sugar Sugar” and “Daydream Believer” recorded by Olivia and remixed by some of the hottest club remixers in the world. In addition the CD reunited Olivia with her longtime producer and songwriter, John Farrar, on the single, “Weightless.”

In addition to starring in films and on television and writing books and music, Olivia continued to spend time in the recording studio. Her healing CD, Grace and Gratitude: Renewed (2010), debuted at #2 on the Billboard Magazine New Age chart. Billboard celebrated Olivia’s new music by saying, “Newton-John is soulfully committed to every word she sings, and fans will be taken by the plush arrangements, melodic warmth, and of course, the artist’s regal vocals.”

Olivia released her second book, LivWise: Easy Recipes For A Healthy, Happy Life (Murdoch Books) in Australia in 2011. (Her first book, A Pig Tale, an environmentally-themed story written for children, was released in 1993). In LivWise, Olivia explains her belief in the importance of eating a healthy diet in order to maintain wellness and balance and, Olivia’s proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the ONJCWRC. In 2012, she reunited with John Travolta to release This Christmas, a holiday CD collection that was also a fundraiser for both the ONJCWRC and The Jett Travolta Foundation. That year Olivia was also named one of Australia’s “National Living Treasures” by the National Trust of Australia, and in 2013 she was bestowed her own stamp as part of the “Australia Post Legends” stamp series.

In April 2014, Olivia began her residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas with Summer Nights, a musical journey through her career in movies and music. To coincide with the show, she released Hotel Sessions an EP collection of songs recorded in hotel rooms in Melbourne over a ten-year period with her nephew Brett Goldsmith. The CD is dedicated to her late sister Rona Newton-John, who was always supportive of Olivia and Brett working together. Due to the popularity of the Las Vegas show, a 2-CD set, Summer Nights – Live in Las Vegas was released. The show, original scheduled for one year turned into a hit three-year concert residency that received acclaim from both critics and fans. Olivia was thrilled that a portion of every ticket sold to her Flamingo shows benefited the Wellness Programs at the ONJCWRC.

For Newton-John, 2015 proved to be a chart topping and award-winning year. She topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart with the #1 hit duet, “You Have to Believe,” with her daughter Chloe. In April of 2015 Olivia toured arenas in Australia with fellow Aussie icon, John Farnham, with the aptly titled show, Two Strong Hearts. A CD of highlights from this sold-out tour debuted at #1 on the Aria Album charts, where it remained in the top spot for three weeks. The CD went on to receive an Aria Award nomination and, the live DVD held the #1 spot on the Aria DVD chart for 10 weeks.

In 2016 Olivia released two recording projects back to back. The first, LIV ON, a collaborative, inspiring new CD with friends Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky is intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. In addition, Olivia reunited with John Farnham for the holiday release, Friends for Christmas, which topped the Aria Chart.

In 2017 Olivia revealed the very personal news that her breast cancer had returned and metastasized to her sacrum. The outpouring of love and support from around the world prompted the following statement from Olivia: “I am really grateful for and touched by the worldwide outpouring of love and concern. Thank you. I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the US and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!”

2018 proved to be a big year for Olivia. In addition to focusing on her health and recovery, Olivia joined John Travolta for a special Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Grease 40th Anniversary event to celebrate the milestone. She also released Hopelessly Devoted: The Hits on SONY Music Australia and, recorded two duets with fellow Aussie Delta Goodrem, “Let Me Be There” and “Love Is a Gift,” for Goodrem’s ONJ tribute CD, I Honestly Love You. Olivia also reunited in the studio with long-time friend, Sir Cliff Richard, for the duet “Everybody’s Someone,” their first recording together since 1995, for Richard’s new CD, Rise Up.

In May 2018, Olivia, who hails from a family of academics, was thrilled to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, in recognition of her significant and ongoing support of cancer research and holistic health, as well as her outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry.

Immediately following in November 2018, it was announced that her Gaia Retreat & Spa claimed the coveted 2018 “Global Hotel of the Year” honor at and international gala ceremony which recognizes and honors the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and delivery of exceptional guest services.

In February 2019 Olivia is proud to release the skincare range, Retreatment Botanics, inspired by the heart of Gaia Retreat & Spa. The natural, luxury formulas are Australian made, vegan, certified palm oil free by the Orangutan Alliance and contain powerful native extracts. “We created a range you can take home and enjoy a Gaia Retreatment any time,” says Olivia.

2019 is already off to a great start with Olivia receiving the appointment as a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia (General Division) – the highest Australian honor, for her eminent service to community health, particularly people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer. The Order of Australia is the principal means of recognizing meritorious service of its citizens and outstanding members of the community at a national level.

Other upcoming events in 2019 include the 7th annual Wellness Walk and Research Run benefiting the ONJCWRC. The annual Wellness Walk and Research Run is now a global event, helping the ONJ Centre provide an environment that supports the whole person – body mind and spirit – giving patients and their families the best chance to win over cancer.