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Olivia Newton-John died Monday at the age of 73 and is remembered as an iconic singer, actress, cancer research advocate and devoted mother to his only daughter, Chloe Lattanzi.
On Tuesday, the 36-year-old actress and singer, whose father is Newton-John’s ex-husband, Matt Lattanzi, shared a touching tribute video to her “flagship mom.”
The post included behind-the-scenes footage from the recording of their “Window in the Wall” duet.
“You are my beacon mom. My safe place. My heart. It has been my honor and continues to be my honor to be your baby and your best friend. You are an angel on earth and everyone you have touched has been blessed. I love you forever my life giver, my teacher, my mom,” she captioned the video.
Lattanzi recently moved from the cannabis farm she owned with her fiancé James Driskill in Portland, Oregon, to return to California in July to live with her mother.
“We have officially left our home in Portland,” she wrote on Facebook. “In the truck, my man is towing the uhaul. Can’t wait to see my mom! Here’s to a new chapter!!!”
Lattanzi admitted that growing up as the daughter of a legendary artist was difficult at times, but they were both fiercely protective of each other.
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“I think it’s hard to be the child of someone in the spotlight, I really understand that,” she said in a 2016 60 Minutes interview.
“There is a privilege, but there are also other things that come with that.”
Lattanzi performed in the MTV “Rock the Cradle” singing competition in 2008, where she finished in third place. During the show, she recalls feeling a sense of loneliness growing up.
“I spent a lot of time alone in big houses,” she said. “My mum traveled a lot, so I think I missed a lot when I was younger.”
But there were still plenty of good times for Lattanzi as she wrote that her childhood was full of “magical memories” with her “heroine” mother in an op-ed written for Women’s Day in 2018.
“To most people she’s Olivia Newton-John, the star, but to me she’s just my mother and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.”
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Lattanzi struggled with anxiety and addiction and recalled a conversation in which her mother admitted she “felt helpless” to help.
“We were just talking about it and she said to me, ‘I did everything I could. I sent you to see all the specialists, all the people I thought I could help,'” Lattanzi wrote.
“I said, ‘You know mum, all I really needed was you.’ She looked at me and finally realized the power she had – that her love is the most powerful healing tool in the world.”
She wrote about the “horrible” first time her mother was diagnosed with cancer and how she became “extremely protective” of the “Xanadu” star.
With Newton-John’s most recent battle, Lattanzi said “her whole world was falling apart” and she was angry with her mother, but also inspired by her power of positive thinking. They were both trying to protect themselves.
“What cancer has done for mom and me is reminded us to take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy each other,” she wrote. “We’ve been through a lot together, but not a day goes by that I’m not happy and proud to call her my mother.”
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When Lattanzi took part in “Dancing with the Stars” in Australia in 2020, Newton-John was emotional in the audience during one of her daughter’s performances.
“I’m so proud…I’m so proud and my heart is beating so fast, and I’m trying not to cry,” she said, “You looked so beautiful, honey. You did such a wonderful job. It was just beautiful.”
Lattanzi and her mother collaborated on the single “The Window in the Wall” in January 2021, a sequel to their 2016 hit “You Have to Believe.”
“There’s always something special to sing with my daughter,” Newton-John said in a press release. “Not only does she have a wonderful voice, but she’s an incredible musician with terrific singing instincts.”
When they were quarantined together in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Newton-John loved the time she had to reconnect with her daughter.
“I’ve worked all my life, and the longest time I can remember at home was when I was pregnant with Chloe and the first year or two of her life,” Newton-John told People magazine. “So it’s been wonderful reconnecting with my baby. She’s my reason for being.”
Newton John passed away “peacefully at her Southern California ranch this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” her family shared Monday.
“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family during this very difficult time. Olivia has been a beacon of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer.”
The ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ singer was just as well known for her top hits, including ‘Physical’ and ‘You’re the One That I Want’, as she was for her starring role. alongside John Travolta in “Grease”.
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“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation fund, dedicated to plant medicine and cancer research. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in their memory to the @onjfoundation,” the family says.
“Olivia is survived by her husband John Easterling; her daughter Chloe Lattanzi; her sister Sarah Newton-John; her brother Toby Newton-John; her nieces and nephews Tottie, Fiona and Brett Goldsmith; Emerson, Charlie, Zac, Jeremy, Randall and Pierz Newton-John; Jude Newton-Stock, Layla Lee; Kira and Tasha Edelstein; and Brin and Valerie Hall.”
Three days before her death, Lattanzi shared a photo of her mother and wrote, “I love this woman. My mother. My best friend.”
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John Travolta shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram to his former “Grease” co-star. “My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better. Your impact has been incredible. I love you so much! Your Danny, your John!”
The songs she sang in the American classic, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, and the duets with Travolta, ‘You’re the One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’, ranked among Billboard’s top hits. of the year.
The film, which also starred Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Didi Conn and Michael Tucci, was shot on a $6 million budget at Venice High School, John Marshall High School and Huntington Park High in Los Angeles. It went on to gross over $396 million worldwide.
Newton-John embarked on the project having previously found success as a singer and won her first of four Grammy Awards in 1973 with the Best Female Country Singer trophy for “Let Me Be There”.
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