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Hollywood star John Travolta fired his friend Olivia Newton-John on Monday with an emotional message after the death of the actress and singer.
Travolta, 68, co-starred with Newton-John in the film grease (1978), where they formed a iconic movie couple playing young Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.
“My dearest Olivia, you made life for all of us so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will meet you along the way and we will be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever,” he said. Travolta, and said goodbye, alluding to his character in the movie that brought them together: “Your Danny, Your John”.
Newton-John died of cancer, his representative told the BBC. Her husband, John Easterling, said he “passed away peacefully” at her home in California on Monday morning.
Travolta and Newton-John performed You’re the One that I Wantone of the main songs of grease. The topic became aeither ofeithers most famouseithers of the time and sold over 15 million copies.
The big screen rediscovered them in 1983 as protagonists of Two of a Kind (“Tal para cual”), where they sang together again.
The friendship continued and in 2012 they recorded the single I Think You Might Like It.
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who co-starred with Newton-John in the film It’s My Party (“Farewell Party,” 1996), he called her “the sweetest, brightest light” in a tribute he posted on Twitter.
Newton-John was born in Cambridge, UK, on September 26, 1948.
His father had been a British spy during World War II. Her mother was the daughter of German Nobel laureate Max Born and she had fled with her family when the Nazis came to power in 1933.
The family moved to Australia in 1954, where he grew up.
His fame began in 1971 when he released a song written by Bob Dylan, If Not For Youwhich reached number seven on the UK charts and appeared on an album of the same name.
He won four Grammy Awards and had seven number one hits in the United States between 1974 and 1977.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 1990s, Newton-John became a leading advocate for cancer research and her charity, the Olivia Newton John Foundation, raised millions of dollars to support the research.
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