In the wake of Olivia Newton-John’s death, her “Grease” co-star John Travolta has recalled its impact on her life. Travolta, 68, shared an Instagram post with a heartfelt caption responding to the news of the 73-year-old Australian actor’s passing.
“My dearest Olivia, you have made our lives so much better. Your impact has been amazing,” he wrote. “I love you so much. We’ll see you on the road again, and we’ll all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!
Travolta starred as Danny Zuko in the 1978 musical film “Grease” alongside Newton-John, who played Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson. Together they sang famous duets like “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights”.
Travolta signed his Instagram caption with a reference to his famous “Grease” character: “Your Danny, your John!”
Newton-John was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in the film. In the original Broadway musical, Sandy’s role was American. However, the character was rewritten to be Australian when Newton-John was cast in the role.
The actors have remained close since “Grease”. In 2012, 35 years after the characters met on a “midsummer night”, Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 2012 for a Christmas album. “John and I have remained really close friends since we did ‘Grease,'” Newton-John said in an interview with MLive in 2012.
Years later, in 2019, the two revived their roles as Danny and Sandy for a Meet n’ Grease single in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the time, Newton-John appeared dressed in a costume that paid homage to Sandy before his transformation into part of the “greaser” gang.
“First time in costume since we made the film! Very excited!!” Newton-John shared an Instagram caption of herself at the event at the time.
A month later, in November 2019, Newton-John sold over 500 items, including the skintight black pants she wore in “Grease.” The auction was hosted by Julien’s Auction House in Beverly Hills, with a portion of the proceeds going to the actor’s Australia-based cancer treatment center.
Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, announced his death in a statement shared on his official Facebook page on Monday morning.
Based on the outpouring of love for the actor, Travolta is one of many “desperately devoted” to Newton-John.
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