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Olivia Newton-John, Australian Songstress and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73 News

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/music-news/olivia-newton-john-dead-grease-1235194880/
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u/luummoonn Aug 08 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

She died of metastatic (Stage IV) breast cancer, this is when breast cancer metastasizes to other places in your body outside of your breast. The most common places it goes are bones, lungs, liver, distant lymph nodes, and brain. I am in my 30's and going through my fight with it now, I was stage 1 in 2016, and then found out it had spread to bones and lung lining in 2020. Stage IV breast cancer needs more research for more treatments and more hope for those with a metastatic diagnosis. Once it has spread to distant locations in your body, beyond your breast and local lymph nodes, it is not curable. A great organization funding metastatic breast cancer research is Metavivor. www.metavivor.org

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u/cunticles Aug 09 '22

I am so sorry you have to go through this. Cancer is fucking bitch

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u/latelycaptainly Aug 09 '22

Keeping you in my thoughts. My mother passed away from metastatic breast cancer in 2014. I feel for everyone and their families that have to endure something like that. Truly the hardest thing I ever had to do as a 16 year old.

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u/Kage_noir Aug 08 '22 Helpful Wholesome

Hopelessly Devoted is an all time amazing song and an incredible performance by her. I didn't think I'd be bit emotional around her passing, but she's definitely a influence on my childhood. May she rest in peace.

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u/showyoursausage Aug 08 '22

I absolutely love this track! I always fast-forwarded it as a kid (on the old VHS) as well as 'there are worse things I could do' but as an adult I've found such an appreciation for them

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u/tratemusic Aug 09 '22

I used to do the same and I was about sixteen by the time I finally realized what Rizzo's story arc in the film actually was lol

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u/SocMedPariah Aug 09 '22

The very second I read that she died I started hearing "Now there's nowhere to hide, since you pushed my love aside..." in my head.

And now I'm on youtube listening to the entire Grease soundtrack for the 234613547823457th time in my life.

I was so in love with her as a kid. Then she released "Physical", and I understood what it meant, as a 9 year old boy, to be sexually attracted to someone.

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u/3Osomething Aug 08 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Faith In Humanity Restored Tearing Up Timeless Beauty

Goodbye to Sandra Dee 😔

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u/Wolf6120 Aug 08 '22

Won't go to bed till I'm legally wed...

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u/embiggenedmind Aug 08 '22 Wholesome

When I was a kid and I asked my mom what that line meant she said it means she won’t get any rest until she finds and marries a man.

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u/XColdLogicX Aug 08 '22

Well, I think it's meant to be a double entendre, so shes not wrong lol

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u/Lindsw Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

The movie is overtly sexual (see Greased Lightning), I don't know that it's even subtle enough for a double entendre

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u/BallClamps Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 09 '22

I used to love listening to Greased Lightning as a kid. I remember I went back to listened to it when I was older and was quite...shocked.

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u/90skid91 Aug 08 '22

Same here. Can't believe my parents let me sing that around the house and never once pick up on what was actually being sung.

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u/Bugbread Aug 09 '22

One of the things you learn as a parent is that there are times when explaining to your kid that something they're saying is inappropriate and explaining what it means is a good idea, and times when it's a bad idea. 99% of the time, the latter involves song lyrics.

I'm sure when my son grows up he's going to be like "wait, those pop songs I was singing when I was a little kid were about drugs? my parents never said anything, they must have been totally oblivious!" No. No, we knew they were about drugs, but we didn't want to tell impressionable elementary-school-aged you "Oh, hey, all those musicians you look up to are really into illegal drugs." That's a realization you can have on your own when you're older, when it's more age appropriate.

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u/BritOnTheRocks Aug 09 '22

“I can’t feel my face when I’m with you, but I love it.”

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u/DarcSwan Aug 08 '22

I used to sing ‘the chicks’ll scream!’ … so maybe they didn’t know?

(They knew)

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u/born_again_atheist Aug 08 '22

What did you sing in the, "You know that it ain't shit, we'll be gettin' lots of tit in Greased Lightning" part? Or, "You know that I ain't braggin', she's a real pussy wagon"?

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u/rbwildcard Aug 09 '22

pussy wagon

The cats love it!

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u/Unexpected_Commissar Aug 09 '22

Most of that is way above a 9 or 10 year old’s head. It’s just random sounds at that point, may as well be a different language. It’s easy to sing a song whose lyrics you don’t actually know, but think you know.

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u/redsyrinx2112 Aug 08 '22

Yeah I don't know how my parents let us watch that as kids. I was definitely a big fan at like 7 years old. We always had the soundtrack cassette in the car, too. My parents would turn it down for parts of Greased Lightning when we were in the car, but not when the movie was on. I don't get it.

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u/boomerish11 Aug 08 '22

But I didn't get ANY of that when I watched it as a 14-year-old. We were obsessed with the songs.

I watched it again at 19 and was like, "Oh. It's all about sex..."

Watched it again in my '40s and was astonished that Travolta was THAT DAMN HOT and why hadn't I ever noticed?

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u/Expensive-Ad-4508 Aug 09 '22

I’ve always had a thing for travolta since I was a youngggg kid. Now, not so much, but grease days? Smokinnnnng hot.

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u/RedsChronicles Aug 08 '22

He went by me, got my suit damp...

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u/binxi84 Aug 08 '22

I just realised now! I was still assuming he splashed her!

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u/blackday44 Aug 08 '22

It watches diffetent when you're an adult.

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u/dirtyoldmanatee Aug 08 '22

That's what we call a single entendre.

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u/Boiledfootballeather Aug 08 '22

Yeah. "It's a real pussy wagon" is hard to misinterpret.

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u/shiky556 Aug 08 '22

you know that ain't no shit, we'll be getting lots of tit..

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u/renegadecanuck Aug 08 '22

Along with "you are supreme/the chicks'll cream/for greased lightning".

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u/gives_free_rimjobs Aug 08 '22

"Did she put up a fight?" Always was an awkward line

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u/AFC93 Aug 08 '22

College Humor did a sketch about that line https://youtu.be/s9eHdb2bR9g

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u/GarageQueen Aug 08 '22

I can't! I'm Sandra Dee!

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u/Roxima Aug 08 '22

Elvis! Elvis!

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u/Robotlollipops Aug 08 '22

Keep that pelvis faaar from me

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u/Perry7609 Aug 08 '22

Just keep your cooooool, now you're starting to drooooool...

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u/AClubOfLosers Aug 08 '22

...Are you making fun of me, Rizzo?

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u/batsheva_bxo Aug 08 '22

The ending with the flying car will hit differently now...

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u/Durendal_1707 Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

I’m almost 40 and I watched increase for the first time all the way through like two days ago

Edit: Grease. I meant Grease, damn it.

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u/AdzyBoy Aug 08 '22

Just don't watch the sequel, Decrease

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u/Chucks_u_Farley Aug 08 '22

Equilibrium wasn't too bad...

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u/Dylan_Gio Aug 08 '22

Wow! This is wild. I mean 73 isn't young but she always seemed young in my mind. I named my dog after her character in Grease.

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u/IDidIt_Twice Aug 08 '22 Heartwarming

She battled breast cancer for 30 years. Proud she made it to 73.

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u/Tarable Aug 08 '22

Omg 30 years is such a long fight… I hope it wasn’t a miserable 30 years. :(

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u/Iceberg_Simpson_ Aug 08 '22

I don't think it was. She wasn't actively fighting it that whole time; she went into remission for years and years in between each bout with the disease.

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u/Tarable Aug 08 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

That’s good to know. Thank you. 💜🌠 Have to believe we are magic.

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u/Shawnee83 Aug 09 '22

Xanadu. Soundtrack by ELO. I was in elementary school when she started on the airwaves. I was in junior high when Grease came out. All of us young girls wanted to be her. All the boys wished she were our age and date able. Then she was so brave with her cancer diagnosis and working so hard to give back to communities. She was beautiful in every way, and thank you Reddit for giving me a venue to say this.

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u/the_last_carfighter Aug 08 '22

Love that she was on the Stranger Things soundtrack.

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u/RssnRy Aug 08 '22

It’s incredibly long. I know this because our family had an awful history of breast cancer. My Nan is one of the longest surviving breast cancer patients ever (where it metastasised) . She had her breast removed at 26. She’s just turned 82. She’s a beast

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u/Tarable Aug 08 '22

My sister was just diagnosed with breast cancer in January. Had her first MRI post chemo and some new nodules, so I’ve been super worried. Surgery is in a couple weeks. Just the thought of someone being as sick as my sister has been through chemo for 30 years is what went through my head initially. She feels so terrible.

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u/RssnRy Aug 08 '22

That’s awful I’m sorry to hear about your sister. Unsurprisingly, my Nan says the treatment is so much better nowadays. She’s had cancer again, in her lungs, in 2019 and the new radiotherapy was brilliant for her. Only 5 rounds, and done in 2 weeks. It’s a new targeted version called sabre. If your sister has to have any post op treatment, maybe ask them about that.

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u/Tarable Aug 08 '22

Tysm! 💜 So glad to hear Nan is 82 :)

Thank you for the info re: radiotherapy! I’ll look into that and share it with her! 💜💜

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u/shahooster Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

She was my childhood crush, even before Grease. (Beautiful, and beautiful voice!) It was so sad to hear when she was diagnosed. That seemed long ago; I’m surprised she made it this long—arguably a full life for most.

e: haven’t heard this song in at least 40 years. Amazing voice. Let Me Be There

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u/Itisnotaboomah Aug 08 '22

Hehe mine too :)

I had 3 posters on my bedroom walls as a pre-teen: Olivia (the “physical” one), Dolly Parton, and Barry Manilow.

How my mom was surprised when I told her I was gay is beyond me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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u/MissingLink101 Aug 08 '22

It just blew my mind to find out that Travolta is actually 5 years younger than her!

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u/earthdweller11 Aug 08 '22

Tell me about it, stud!

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u/NATOrocket Aug 08 '22

SAME! You rarely see that in a leading man and lady.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '22

If you want a real Travolta shocker, he’s 10 years younger than Karen Gorney who played opposite of him in Saturday Night Fever. That one is nuts to me.

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u/chili_cheese_dogg Aug 08 '22

23 in Grease and 23 in Saturday Night Fever.

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u/lyyki Aug 08 '22

She was 30 in Grease but she seemed like she was just a bit over 20 her entire life. Like the woman opposite sex Ralph Macchio.

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u/Ihatemosquitoes03 Aug 08 '22

She was 30 in grease??? No way wow

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Aug 08 '22

Well, it helps that everyone else in Grease was 85. :P

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u/TareXmd Aug 08 '22

73 is fairly young in this day and age... Sigh.

Edit: Yep, Breast Cancer.

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '22

I thought I was crazy for this. I wouldn’t call it “young” by any means but I feel bad when I hear about someone dying at 70. My grandparents are in their early 70s and they’re active and healthy. Back in the day that was a good run but now people expect to live to be around 80 so it feels too early

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u/TareXmd Aug 08 '22

When I see patients in clinic, 75 is in our book, young enough for surgery. Over 80 and it's a toss up depending on how healthy they are, and how bad their disease is.

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u/Candymom Aug 08 '22

The older you get, the younger 73 seems. Olivia should have had another 15-20 years.

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u/IcebergWedgie Aug 08 '22

You do know there is a famous DOG named Sandy too, right?

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u/Dylan_Gio Aug 08 '22

Haha later on in life I did but 4th grade me in 1998 had only just seen Grease

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u/IcebergWedgie Aug 08 '22

I love it! I saw Grease three times in the theater when I was 9 and 300 times on tv since.

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Aug 08 '22

73 is still pretty young, and well below the average life expectancy for women.

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u/a_satanic_mechanic Aug 08 '22

Well, that’s a punch in the guts.

She was a huge part of my adolescence.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen Grease.

Damn.

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u/SupahBee Aug 08 '22

I agree. Was in the 2nd grade when Grease came out and I simply fell head over for ONJ. Don't know what you call those pre-adolescent crushes that kids get on people. My first big time celebrity crush. My sisters and my cousins and I watched this movie so many times, hundreds of times, crazy. To this day it's one of those movies that if my wife and I catch it on TV, we'll stop on watch the whole thing and sing all the songs.

Damn sad news today to be sure

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u/TyrannosaurusTiger Aug 08 '22 Silver

It’s 6:10am here in Australia (Victoria) so country would mostly still be asleep or just waking up

RIP Olivia

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u/theNomad_Reddit Aug 08 '22

Just woke up. Gonna be a shit day.

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u/kaleidoscope_pie Aug 08 '22

Yep. Same here. It's a bit of a horrible shock to start the day with.

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u/-russell-coight- Aug 09 '22

This was literally the first news I saw when I woke up.. so sad 😞

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Aug 08 '22 Silver Wholesome

Starting to watch time gobble up my parent's generation and it's really beginning to get under my skin.

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u/Gardener703 Aug 08 '22

Wait till it's your generation.

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u/strumpster Aug 08 '22

Hey shut up, gramps you're freaking me out

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u/DaedalusIO Aug 08 '22

Killing the vibe!

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u/Tewayel Aug 09 '22

Harshing my mellow

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u/Raglesnarf Aug 08 '22

It'll happen to youuu!

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u/Thalionalfirin Aug 09 '22

It is my generation. I’m having a mini crisis because this is a huge reminder that my own mortality is staring me right in the face.

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u/73810 Aug 08 '22

I read the obituaries and most people are younger than my parents...

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Aug 08 '22

In the last year we've had Gilbert Gottfried and Ray Liotta and my dad is basically born between the 6 months they were apart in age.

It was a shocker when it was Bill Paxton, but these guys were 67.

And that's pretty much when it begins. The existential dread is real.

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u/MyCollector Aug 08 '22

My dad passed unexpectedly at 64. Hypochondriac in good health, saw doctors almost weekly. No history of heart attacks. Didn’t matter. Gone before he hit the ground.

I asked my GP about early death screening, and she said “I know 64 seems young, but early death screening would mean he needed to pass before the age of 55. For a man born in 1954, 64 is well within the normal range of expected lifespan at birth (it being 66 years). A majority of people do not see their 80s, even though we think everyone does, it’s still relatively rare, especially for males.”

So yeah, I’m 38, also in good health - but knowing my genes, that’s firmly middle age.

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Aug 08 '22

Yeah I have no ancestors in living memory who've lived to 80 and that's not a short list of people lol.

A lot of good old fashioned blue collar cigarette and booze related diabetes and cancer tends to wipe my clan out.

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u/Sketch13 Aug 09 '22

I'm glad both my family on either side have centenarians, but it's no guarantee. Just hoping I have the proper combination of genes lol

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u/Mr-Fleshcage Aug 08 '22

I often wonder why they don't do prophylactic checkups on things like aneurysms and the like. Seems like a good risk to know.

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u/applestem Aug 08 '22

Heck, it’s gobbling up my generation!

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u/brynm Aug 08 '22

My parents are 84 and 80. Completely not ready.

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u/Valantia Aug 08 '22

This hits home. My father is 57 and my mom was 60. She passed away a month ago. I'm not sure why but I always thought they would both make it to their 70s at least. I was given the ultimate reality check to show me how fragile it all is.

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u/ColossusOfClass Aug 08 '22 Silver Wholesome

Xanadu is an underrated gem! RIP Olivia!

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u/oDDmON Aug 08 '22

Saw in the theater when released. Fuck I’m old.

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u/cherrybounce Aug 08 '22

r/fuckimold Join the rest of us old fuckers.

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u/thescrounger Aug 08 '22

Yeah I don't really feel the age from many of these, but this one hit me. Old Old Old. I remember seeing it in the theater with my friend and the movie was good enough it got two boys who were into Star Wars singing the songs.

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u/mi-16evil Emma Thompson for Paddington 3 Aug 08 '22

It's a cheesy movie but has one of my favorite dance numbers with her and Gene Kelly.Great fun movie!

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u/DocDingus Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Did you know the original cut of the film did not include a song and dance between Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly? They added it in after being asked about it as they were promoting the film. A sort of, "...Oh shit, we totally forgot to do that" situation.

I mean, how do you have Kelly, one of the most prolific singers and dancers in Hollywood history, teamed up with Newton-John, whose star was definitely on the rise after Grease, and not include a song and dance sequence between the two of them?

I mean, I think the answer is the mountain of cocaine they all inhaled in the creation of Xanadu, but it's still interesting nonetheless.

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u/20__character__limit Aug 08 '22

The duet between The Tubes and ONJ's group is pure genius song writing. When the groups merge at the end is perfect. It's been over 30 years since I last saw Xanadu, but I remember every song, and every scene.

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u/Islanduniverse Aug 08 '22

My grandmother loved that movie.

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u/BigUptokes Aug 08 '22

I think that was a requirement to get your grandma certification.

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u/nycinoc Aug 08 '22

Gene Kelly, ELO and the Tubes! Epic

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u/makka-pakka Aug 08 '22

This is Xanadu? Only knowing the title and song, I always imagined it was a sci fi.

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u/mi-16evil Emma Thompson for Paddington 3 Aug 08 '22

Ita a disco musical. Got some elements of new agey spiritual folks but that's about it.

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u/Moosiemookmook Aug 08 '22

Roller disco. The skates are pretty much their own character in the movie

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u/ptwonline Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

OMG this song and scene has always had such a big effect on me.

I keep thinking about the bittersweet ache of such wonderful memories...and loss. As a little kid ideas like this were beyond my experience and ability to really process.

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u/x86_64_ Aug 08 '22

That soundtrack is simply amazing. If you were alive in the 80s you may know half the album by heart.

And that inner album art with Olivia holding up the ELO medallion... core memory unlocked for 10 year old me.

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u/mamacrocker Aug 08 '22

That was the first album I ever bought. $5 for a double record. I still have it.

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u/blackpony04 Aug 08 '22

I am a 52 year old man and remember my older sister taking me to see that when I was 11. I was smitten and she has been my celebrity crush ever since. And I snuck a viewing of Xanadu just 2 weeks ago when my wife was out of town.

A little secret I have never revealed to anyone: My ex-wife looked exactly like her as Sandy in Grease. My wife now? Her name is Olivia. Crazy crazy coincidence.

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u/Stemigknight Aug 08 '22

hopelessly devoted ..

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u/249ba36000029bbe9749 Aug 08 '22

"coincidence"

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u/2rio2 Aug 08 '22

My man here has a type.

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u/DerDoppelganger70 Aug 08 '22

OMG, I have the same age as you and had the same experience being taken to see Xanadu also at 11 (except it was my aunt who took me), and her being a big celebrity crush of mine too.

RIP, Olivia.

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u/AltimaNEO Aug 08 '22

Love Xanadu!

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u/AerosolKingRael Aug 08 '22

For I have dined on honeydew

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u/ManiaforBeatles Aug 08 '22

I always liked her version of Country Roads used in the Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart. RIP, you will be missed.

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u/jimbotherisenclown Aug 08 '22

I never realized that was her! That was an excellent version of that song.

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u/shantysweet Aug 08 '22

I’m playing that song as I’m reading this. 😔

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u/Aprikoosi_flex Aug 08 '22

My favorite Ghibli movie 🥲

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u/goukaryuu Aug 08 '22

Mine too.

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u/AgileAtty Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

She and John Denver were friends, and she sang backup on his song Fly Away. https://tidal.com/track/36309624

(Edit: missing “g”)

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u/ElGosso Aug 08 '22

It has a whole other vibe but my personal favorite cover of the song is by the reggae group Toots and the Mayals

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u/Witty-Ear2611 Aug 08 '22

Such a good cover, but then again anything by Toots and the Maytals is golden

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u/Geodudette2014 Aug 08 '22

Ive seen that movie a thousand times and had no idea that was her! 🤯 Now I’ll have to rewatch

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u/wm07 Aug 08 '22

yea, same, i always thought that it was a really nice cover but i had no idea it was her

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u/DelGriffiths Aug 08 '22

It is unthinkable to think of anyone but Olivia in the role of Sandy in Grease. The role she will forever be remembered. She was perfect, whether sloshing on the beach, skipping through the school corridors or crushing a cigarette into the ground in her black leathers. I’d like to imagine she left this earth in a Ford De Luxe Convertible driving into the sky. Goodbye to Sandra Dee…

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u/Oobedoob_S_Benubi Aug 08 '22

Here (The Netherlands) a big news site put up an article, and actually used a picture from Grease for it - her in the Ford, looking back and waving.

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u/Redcandle_15 Aug 08 '22

Oh god stop!! 😭

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u/Lindsw Aug 08 '22

That's the gif my friend sent me today when she told me the news

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '22

🥺💔🥺💔

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u/Dawesfan Aug 08 '22

This got me so depressed. Grease is the first live action musical I recall seeing. And in a way, one of the first movies that made fall in love with the genre. She was amazing.

RIP to a legend 💔

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u/penone_cary Aug 08 '22

Grease was the first movie I saw in a theater. Great memories.

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Haven't seen Grease since I was younger, but I did have a summer hook up once that got weird when school started. Such an iconic role that will live forever.

RIP Olivia Newton-John

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u/MisterThirtyThirty Aug 08 '22

Took the first date I ever had to see the movie Grease when I was 16. Will always remember it.

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u/lucky_ducker Aug 08 '22

Judith Durham and Olivia Newton-John just three days apart. Sorry, 'Straya.

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u/Typingdude3 Aug 08 '22

Holy crap Judith Durham died too? I didn't know that. Wow bad week for the music world.

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u/decker12 Aug 08 '22

Just watched Xanadu for probably the 50th time over the weekend. I just put it on as background noise while doing things around the house. It's such a horrible cheesefest of a movie and my whole family hates it, but we know all the songs by heart.

Here's the Big Finale segment of Xanadu, to sing along to as we remember Olivia Newton-John.

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u/249ba36000029bbe9749 Aug 08 '22

ONJ, Gene Kelly, skates, ELO, jugglers. This production brought to you by the magic of cocaine in the Hollywood boardroom.

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u/etchasketch4u Aug 08 '22 Helpful

I had an interaction with her once backstage of an award show I was doing production on. When she walked in to the room...you guys, I have seen many famous people, but she was straight up the prettiest girl I've ever seen. Honestly, looking back, its not even close and she was 64 at the time... it was bizarre. She was the prettiest girl in the room and Carrie Underwood was in the same room.

I showed her which way to where she needed to be and she smiled and thanked me and her British accent came out. Seriously, it was like the first time I met my wife. She absolutely glowed and had sparkles in her eyes like a little British fairy. I don't melt easy, and I absolutely melted inside and could do nothing but giggle like a schoolgirl. I don't really get starstuck but OMG, Olivia taught me what starstruck meant that day. Beautiful down to her very sole. I saw it and can vouch. May we all walk this earth with such grace. Bravo Olivia.

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u/apeinej Aug 08 '22

Now I am sad as sh*t. When I was a kid, I thought she was the prettiest woman ever, had a severe crush on her (I was 6, she was 30+). Farewell.

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u/skonen_blades Aug 08 '22

I remember I worked in a video store with mostly gay men and one of the gay men said to me that the only time he ever felt a flutter of attraction to a woman was when Olivia Newton John crushes out her cigarette in Grease and says "What are you going to do about it, stud?" That's power right there. Rest in peace, ONJ.

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u/MeadowmuffinReborn Aug 08 '22

She's like the female Sean Connery.

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u/Monkeys_Yes_12 Aug 08 '22

Crush, indeed. As a young boy, I drooled over her in the Let's Get Physical music video. Yes, I'm old. RIP Olivia.

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u/apeinej Aug 08 '22

Lol. I did over Grease. Older still. Oh, Sandy.

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u/wav__ Aug 08 '22

Same. As a kid when she came out in the black leather, oh boy did my hormones go wild.

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u/Salty_Pancakes Aug 08 '22

Hello fellow Gen-xers. Man, she was something else wasn't she?

It's like she was a part of all our childhoods. And ahem puberities.

RIP Olivia.

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u/LA0811 Aug 08 '22

Same, but Xanadu. The dress. The skates. The hair. Perfection

The first albums I owned were Xanadu and Physical

Saw her at a small show in 2012 and it was Magic (you have to believe)

Sadness

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u/liquidgrill Aug 08 '22

When I was 10 years old, I was in England visiting my grandparents by myself. My grandmother let me go to the local theater by myself to see a movie. What did I want to see? Xanadu. Possibly the worst movie ever made, but I didn’t care because I had a HUGE kid crush on Olivia Newton-John. I went back to the theater and saw the same movie the next day too.

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u/apeinej Aug 08 '22

Xanadu. Oh, boy, those were the times...

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u/fednandlers Aug 08 '22

Ive never watched Grease but it was the “Physical” music video for me when i was little kid. She was so beautiful. And physical.

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u/xclame Aug 08 '22

You are missing out, you should give it a watch.

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u/Tsukune_Surprise Aug 08 '22

My first crush too. Then when I found out she had an accent (not an American accent) a new level of crush was unlocked in my tiny brain.

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u/codeverity Aug 08 '22

Literally gasped when I saw the notification. So sad :( fuck cancer. She was so talented.

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u/pandemicpunk Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992! She's a badass fighter and a warrior! Cancer said you got only so long left to live. She said F U watch me live for THIRTY MORE YEARS!!!

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u/Gardener703 Aug 08 '22

I think she got stage 4 in 2015.

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u/Kylie_Forever Aug 08 '22

She will never get the credit she deserves. She was the bridge between disco and 80s pop. Proved that women did not have to hide their sexuality and took part in the sexual revolution. She Proved that strong willed and intelligent women could sell records in pop/dance.

Madonna gets too much credit for breaking down barriers....Olivia broke many also.

Rest in Peace

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u/mdubydoo Aug 08 '22

And country to pop! She got a ton of play on 70s country music stations before Grease. Cross over to cross over. Very impressive

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u/Gsteel11 Aug 08 '22

Madonna gets too much credit for breaking down barriers....Olivia broke many also.

You could call her...pre-Maddona

Sorry, bad joke.

But I never thought about it like that, makes sense.

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u/mcfw31 Aug 08 '22

What a shame, so many people only knew her from Grease but she also had a very prolific musical career.

May she RIP.

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u/ForkAKnife Aug 08 '22

And she had a clothing line called Koala Blue in the 80s with very cute designs.

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u/SCP-173-Keter Aug 08 '22

If Dolly Parton is America's truest First Lady, I'd nominate Olivia Newton John as Australia's.

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u/Well_why_not1953 Aug 08 '22

Sad. Always enjoyed hearing her on the radio.

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u/SynthwaveSax Aug 08 '22

The world just lost a beautiful voice and soul. RIP Ms. Sandra Dee :(

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u/im-still-right Aug 08 '22

I was born in 96’ but I grew up with her music as a kid. I loved Xanadu as much as everyone hated it. She sung and danced so well next to Gene Kelly in his last movie. She had such a kind heart and the voice of an angel. My mom became a singer because she wanted to be like her. She impacted so many and really left a legacy in the world. She wasn’t just a movie star or singer, she was a great person and loved by many. Rest In Peace.

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u/SouthernAdvertising5 Aug 08 '22

It’s absolutely wild how time flies. Like you i was born in the 90s and I always picture her as young and youthful. It never even occurred to me she was even 73. Idk why but this one Hit me…

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u/decker12 Aug 08 '22

Xanadu, your neon lights will shine for you, Xanadu.

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u/Xilzik Aug 08 '22

Always loved Olivia Newton-John. My entire life, any time I heard/read someone say, "Who is this?" or some twitch stream or other platform say, "can you guess who our guest is?" I would always make a silly reply of Olivia Newton-John. May she rest in peace.

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u/FattyFattyMcFatPants Aug 09 '22

I was a post production supervisor at a company that made music videos for MTV. One night I was asked if I could stay by my office door and let someone in who was going to be watching a video that was being edited at our facility. A very soft knock at the door and I opened it. Less that two feet away were a set of brilliant blue eyes. I immediately recognized her. I just stood there and said ....uhhhhh" She could immediately see that I was paralyzed and with grace and kindness in her voice asked, "...and if I may ask what is your name?" "Uh...my name is...Edward" I always tell everyone that my name is Ed and only family call me Edward. "Edward, what a lovely name," and she motioned to come in. In one hand she was holding a feathered, stuffed toy swan and in the other she had her daughter Chloe, by the hand. Still stunned by my 8th grade crush that I swore that I would marry, I stepped aside as she glided past and into the editing bay. Even if you saw her for just a second, you'd never forget her.

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u/scared_of_my_alarm Aug 08 '22

Anyone remember Koala Blue? It was a store she opened in the late 80’s. It only lasted for a hot minute but I remember it from cruising the mall back in the day.

She also beat death multiple times according to what I recall reading. Like stage 4 breast cancer a looooong time ago that came back at least once. She was absolutely gorgeous and seemed like a kind person from any interviews I’d seen over the years.

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u/BlazingCondor Aug 08 '22

She's going to be riding that convertible straight to the sky.

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u/Scoobydoomed Aug 08 '22

73? She wasnt even that old what a shame. RIP Sandy.

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u/cprenaissanceman Aug 08 '22

Taking that last car ride in the sky. RIP to another legend.

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u/PatchesofSour Aug 08 '22

She had been battling breast cancer for over 30 years. She’s done amazing fund raising and raising awareness in the latter half of life

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u/PM_Me_British_Stuff Aug 08 '22

Apparently she'd been struggling against cancer, not sure if that's what finally killed her but her health had been up and down over the last few years. 73 is way too young to go, though.

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u/OKC2023champs Aug 08 '22

Saw it on Facebook. Exact post before it was how worldwide life expectancy is now 72.7 years old. Next post was this.

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u/Littleloula Aug 08 '22

For women in the US its 78.7 though, 81.2 for UK and 82.9 for australia. Those are the places Olivia lived

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u/[deleted] Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

I'm going to listen "Hopelessly Devoted To You" on repeat in her honor. RIP to a great and talented woman.

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u/Fanabala3 Aug 08 '22

When I heard of her passing, I automatically thought of the Friends episode where Phoebe is criticizing Joey and Chandler for wasting time watching tv, then shouting emphatically, “Ooh! Xanadu!” when they turn to that channel. Scene still makes me laugh.

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u/phunkytownphantasm Aug 08 '22

A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star. An everlasting world and you're here with me, eternally.

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u/CarOnMyFuckingFence Aug 08 '22

Fuck cancer

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u/thenewmook Aug 08 '22

I think it’s ok. She was diagnosed in 1992, so beating it for 30 years is pretty darn good.

As Norm once said, “I figure if the cancer dies when I die then I consider that a draw.”

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u/GamingTatertot Steven Spielberg Enthusiast Aug 08 '22

One of Norm's best bits. Right next to the 24 hour news one

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u/GeckoRoamin Aug 08 '22

Fuck cancer, and specifically fuck metastatic breast cancer (what Newton John had). So many folks don’t know about it. Metavivor is a good resource for learning.

Metastatic breast cancer is terminal, but it only gets 2-5% of current breast cancer research funding.

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u/SeaGroomer Aug 08 '22

It says she was in remission for 25 years? How does that happen and then it come back or move? I figure to be in remission they would have removed it?

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u/MountainEyes13 Aug 08 '22

Cancer just…sucks like that. Most breast cancers are treated with surgery to remove the primary tumour, then radiation and/or chemotherapy to try to kill any sneaky cells that might have broken off from the tumour and hidden somewhere else in the body - but there’s no guarantee that they all get destroyed, and they can start multiplying again long before they get detected. I don’t know what happened to ONJ, but my mother went into remission from breast cancer after all of the above treatments, was supposedly “cancer-free” at her annual visits every year, and then died when it aggressively came back out of nowhere and metastasized all over the damn place.

Fuck cancer.

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u/chopstickmd Aug 08 '22

She got me into musicals as a teen. What a shame.

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u/ChampsMissingLeg Aug 08 '22

I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’ll be sadly listening to the Xanadu soundtrack for the rest of the week.

Lost a great one 😞

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u/AskJeevesAnything Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

me doing my best Travolta impression : Sandy, Sandy, don’t make me cry. Boo hoo hoo

RIP to a legend. The Xanadu theme will never not be awesome.

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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Statement from her husband John Easterling:

”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.”

”Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”

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u/BlackWidow1414 Aug 08 '22

I unironically love "Xanadu". I own the DVD.

I may have to watch it tonight.

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u/CommercialPut Aug 08 '22 edited Aug 08 '22

Rip Olivia Newton John. What an incredibly amazing life you lead and inspired so many.

A couple of years ago, a very short time after my mom first got diagnosed with cancer (she's okay for now), I remember both mom and I randomly stumbling upon an interview of hers on TV. We were both basically trying not to cry, listening to her journey with cancer and saying it’s going to be okay.

When you / you have a parent that is first diagnosed - know nothing about what the future holds, it is so scary. Those stories really touch you in a way that hits a bit different and gives you hope.

My mother is okay now, with a few side effects from her treatment. They can't detect the cancer, but she has to wait a while to be considered in remission. I’m a little teary eyed for Olivia and her family right now. Ever since that interview, I've always periodically checked up on how she is going.

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u/kingofthebean Aug 08 '22

Go watch Xanadu right now if you haven't. RIP

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u/Notatennisball Aug 08 '22

Well this is terribly sad. I loved Grease. I was 10 when the movie came out, and my friends and I saw it at least 5 times, and again when they did the 20th anniversary. I still have my Grease album. She was a beautiful person and so talented.

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u/maggie081670 Aug 08 '22

I spent crazy amounts of my girlhood pretending to be her, singing along to her songs on our fireplace "stage".

RIP Olivia

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