R.I.P. – Olivia Newton-John Passed Away This Week at Age 73
“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer”
This past week was very busy with political news and current events, but we wanted to make sure to remember Australian actress and singer Olivia Newton-John, who passed away this week at age 73.
Newton-John was a fixture in music and in a few classic movies in the 1970s and 80s. Anyone who came of age during that time is familiar with her work.
Variety has details:
Olivia Newton-John, ‘Grease’ Star and ‘Physical’ Singer, Dies at 73
Olivia Newton-John, the top female pop vocalist of the 1970s who starred in movies including “Grease” and “Xanadu,” died Monday. She was 73.
Her husband, John Easterling, posted the news on her official Facebook page, writing: “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”
A cause of death was not given, but Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer that surfaced for a third time in 2017. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” her husband wrote. “Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”
On an interesting historical note, this message has been floating around on social media:
This is accurate, according to Wikipedia (for what that’s worth).
This was always one of my favorite songs by Newton-John:
Rest in peace.
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This is a great loss of a wonderful talent.
The recent book, _Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity_, confirms the fact (in passing) that Nobelist Max Born is Olivia Newton-John’s grandfather.
It’s fitting that in her passing away, that story gets new legs. I certainly knew this but glas I now do. Everything good is being memory-holed these days and this story doesn’t deserve to be.
In a similar vein, a few years ago, I was astonished to learn that the esteemed scientist who was tasked to go through Nikola Tesla’s 150-something trunks of research and writings upon his death was a highly regarded scientist named John Trump. Yep, Donald J’s uncle. Those aren’t the kind of connections that present a reason to rethink what we so easily assume about people. Adds new dimensions to our frequent one-dimensional perceptions.
Correction: “I certainly DIDN’T know this but glaD I now do
That sounds like a cousin of the Six Degrees of Separation thing.
Not really. We tend to think people came out of nowhere but then find out they had a real story worth telling. Six Degrees is just about common happenstance. We can all work out paths to important or famous people. I’ve met so many famous people myself I could probably navigate my way to half of the world’s population. Not because I know so many people but because I’ve crossed paths with so many people who have.
In this case, it’s about Olivia’s grandfather. In Trump’s case, it’s about his uncle. Makes me wonder what impact they had on them. How did those two facts remain unknown for so long?
Damn! Another correction!
“Those ARE the kind of connections that present a reason to rethink…
Scientists have recently discovered Kamala Harris’ DNA on the johnsons of several deceased California politicians whose offices were in the same building as Wilie Brown.
wikipedia presents it as fact..
As a fellow breast cancer traveler, it is a very sad day
Mine isn’t breast cancer, but, I am starting my own journey down that road. The cancer I spoke of last autumn recurred; this time in the lymph nodes closest to where the problem originated, and of which there was no trace 8 months ago. I go for “mapping” tomorrow morning and will start proton beam treatments very soon.
I am not optimistic.
Your friends here at LI are pulling for you Griz.
Oh, I know. It’s been a rough year for me but I continue going on. While I don’t buy into the hysteria-du-jour I am starting to wonder if my two “jabs” (I despise that word) have anything to do with all of this? I already have a suppressed immune system due to CLL, and I have had that since long before the Red Chinese came up with Wu-Flu, or Pfizer with their non-functional vaccine..
Wishing you the best of health, Grizz!
Thank you. I am not yet ready for the life of cherry jell-o and reruns of Matlock.
You mean you want Joe Biden’s life?
No, Ms. Fine. I do not.
Don’t give up. The power of positive thinking is real. I have at least two friends who were doomed but came out of it fine, just as they predicted.
So far at least, I am maintaining a sense of proportion, as well as my sense of humor. Mine seems to be a special case with the oncology and radiology people, and my case is one on the agenda at their weekly meetings.
I asked my oncologist if this is because it is the relatively rare Merkel Cell cancer, or, am I the subject of discussion because I am “that big red-haired guy with the big beard and the crazy sense of humor’. She smiled and said, “A little bit of both!”.
Prayers your way, GG
For CT: thank you.
The power of prayer is in knowing so many people are praying for you. The could be onto something.
Praying 🙏 for your health Grizz…
Equal in rights and complementary in Nature/nature. Fair winds and following seas, Lady Olivia.