Olivia Newton-John Dies: John Travolta Remembers Late ‘Grease’ Costar

by Joe Rutland

John Travolta is sharing a tender message in the light of his Grease costar Olivia Newton-John dying at 73 years old on Monday. Travolta went on Instagram and posted a photo of Newton-John, which you can see below here. He played Danny Zuko opposite the actress’ character Sandy Olsson. Both stars had memorable scenes in the movie, which also starred Stockard Channing and Jeff Conaway.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta wrote. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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For many fans of this 1978 movie, the interactions between Newton-John and Travolta stand out. They both provided great singing voices to numbers like Hopelessly Devoted to You, Greased Lightnin‘, and You’re the One That I Want. Throw in some snazzy dance moves and you have a recipe for a great flick. The movie also had a fantastic soundtrack, which featured 1950s star Frankie Valli singing the theme song Grease.

According to IMDb, the movie’s synopsis was this: “Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?”

A statement regarding Newton-John’s death was posted on her Facebook page. It was from her husband, John Easterling. She had been dealing with breast cancer for many years. But there is no word around the cause of death at this time. Newton-John did have other popular and hit songs throughout her career, including Physical, Have You Never Been Mellow, Let Me Be There, and Landslide.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” Easterling wrote. “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. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund.”

Her musical career spanned through the 1970s and ’80s. But her music remains quite beloved by millions of people around the world. Many of those fans have watched videos from Grease and other performances on YouTube. Newton-John will be beloved by them, too, for years to come.