Today we lost an icon, I know a lot of you will remember fondly. I thought about writing about her career, her many achievements in the entertainment business, her dedication to fund raising for various charities and her battle with cancer, which eventually took her life, but what I adored about Olivia Newton-John isn’t any of those things, so I’m going to let the news outlets handle that, and I’m going to share something a bit more personal.
Like many of you I discovered Olivia Newton-John from Grease. I was seven years old and I was watching the movie with my parents and my older brother, and I was entranced.
Sandy was so endearing, and relatable. I saw girls like her everyday. She was sweet, she was kind, she was naive. Danny was the bad boy that just stole your breathe away, but what I remember the most was my brother’s focused stare, my mum’s happy humming and my dad’s occasional cough.
You may be asking why, well we were never particularly close, but while this movie played we were united in our enjoyment, and that is what I remember the most about Olivia Newton-John. She made you feel.
Whether it was her sweet voice, her sense of humour or her determination and resolve, she was someone I admired.
So without further ado let’s listen to her voice and remember her.
PS – I really don’t want you to be down, so make sure you check out the last video. It will make you smile.