(CNN) – Hollywood icons joined fans around the world in mourning the loss of Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer and “Grease” star, who died Monday at her ranch in Southern California from the 73 years.
In Los Angeles, fans placed flowers at Newton-John’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, while those who worked with her over the years shared memories and condolences on social media.
John Travolta, who played Newton-John’s love interest in “Grease,” shared an emotional tribute on Instagram. “My dearest Olivia, you made our lives so much better,” he wrote. “Your impact was incredible. I love you very much”.
Another of her “Grease” co-stars, Barry Pearl, who played T-Bird Doody, broke down remembering his friend during an interview with the Today Show on CNN affiliate Channel 9.
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“It all sounds so trite when you talk about who she is and what she was, but it’s because it’s so profoundly true… such a generous and loving heart,” Pearl said.
“Grease” casting director Joel Thurm was emotional when asked how he would remember the star, saying she was “kind, absolutely wonderful and gracious to everyone.”
Newton-John’s death is being felt especially in Australia, where he grew up. Born in England, she moved with her family to Melbourne, Australia at age 5 and as a teenager, she appeared on weekly pop music shows in the country.
In a tweet, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Newton-John was “a big part of the Australian soundtrack.”
Australia House in London said Newton-John, who was made a dame by the queen in 2019 for her services to charity and cancer research, brought Britons and Australians together. “The Lady Olivia inspired us in the song and brought us together as one,” the official account tweeted.
The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center in Melbourne, where the flags were lowered to half-staff on Tuesday, said in a statement: “Olivia touched the lives of many people in Australia and the world, but none more than our own. cancer services staff and patients at the Olivia Newton-John Center, whom she encouraged, inspired and supported every day.”
Kylie Minogue, one of Australia’s most successful singers whose early career was often compared to Newton-John’s, shared a photo of the two of them at the Royal Bicentennial Concert in 1988. “Since I was ten years old, I have loved and admired Olivia Newton John. And I always will… She was, and she always will be, an inspiration to me in many, many ways,” Minogue tweeted.
Australian singer and actress Delta Goodrem, who played Newton-John in a 2018 biographical TV movie, posted a heartfelt tribute on Twitter.
“The whole world will feel this anguish today because the whole world felt Olivia’s matchless light. A force for good. A force of nature. Strong and kind. My mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… always there. Family to me… I love you forever,” Goodrem shared with a photo of her and Newton-John together.
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin took to Twitter to honor Newton-John, her co-star in the 1996 film “It’s My Party.” “I am VERY saddened by the news of the passing of Olivia Newton-John. I remember being very impressed by the star when I met her at my first meeting in Hollywood for Paramount. She was the sweetest, brightest light and I loved meeting her on ‘It’s My Party.’ RIP dear sweet Olivia,” Matlin wrote.
1 of 9 | The most memorable images of “Grease”: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta played the protagonists, Sandy and Danny, in “Grease”, a film released in 1978. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) → 2 of 9 | Travolta had acted in “Grease” on Broadway. The 1978 film version, which followed “Saturday Fever Night,” made him one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 3 of 9 | Olivia Newton-John was one of the leading female vocalists of the ’70s, and “Grease” was her American film debut. Her movie career didn’t rise too high, but she remained a popular singer. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 4 of 9 | Stockard Channing has bounced back and forth between film, television, and the stage since playing Rizzo in the 1978 film. Among his credits: John Guare’s plays “The House of Blue Leaves” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” ”; the film version of “Six Degrees”; and the television series “The West Wing” and “The Good Wife.” (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 5 of 9 | Jeff Conaway was a veteran of Broadway’s “Grease” when he played Kenickie in the film version. After the movie, he played Bobby in “Taxi,” but while he also appeared in “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Babylon 5,” substance abuse issues derailed his career. He died in 2011. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 6 of 9 | Didi Conn, who played Frenchy in the 1978 film, has appeared in a variety of television series, including “Shining Time Station.” She has a small role in “Grease: Live”. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 7 of 9 | Dinah Manoff (right) played Marty in the 1978 film. She has several television credits, including a long-running performance on “Empty Nest,” in which she played Carol. (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 8 of 9 | TV host Vince Fontaine was played by Edd Byrnes (right), who had sparked a craze with his character Kookie on the 1958-64 series “77 Sunset Strip.” (Credit: Paramount Pictures) 9 of 9 | The 1978 film was the #1 box office hit of the year and remains the highest-grossing musical of all time in the US. Only “Mamma Mia” has surpassed it worldwide. (Credit: Paramount Pictures)
Dionne Warwick, who recorded a duet with Newton-John in 2006, called her a “dear friend” and “one of the nicest people” she had the pleasure of recording and performing with. “Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir,” she added.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill tweeted: “Everything he did was filled with absolutely contagious joy. We loved her and she loved us. #RIP_OliviaNewtonJohn.”
Julianne Hough, who played Sandy in the 2016 TV remake of “Grease Live!” shared some photos of her and Newton-John on Instagram, writing, “Like so many, Olivia has always been my hero. Discovering her magnetic energy as an artist and actress came first, but it was her heart that really captured mine. Forever an icon and a legend!”
On Twitter, Oprah Winfrey recalled “a spontaneous dinner party” she hosted in 2019 after an interview about Newton-John’s cancer diagnosis. In the post, Oprah noted that “his positivity of hers was just contagious.”
Jane Lynch, who sang Newton-John’s hit song “Physical” with her on “Glee,” tweeted simply, “ONJ. Angel”.
RuPaul’s Drag Race shared a photo from Newton-John’s time as a guest judge on an episode of the show in 2015 and tweeted, “Rest in peace Olivia Newton-John. Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiring us all.”
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