John Travolta Posts a Heartbreaking Tribute to Olivia Newton-John After News of Her Death

John Travolta paid tribute to his Grease co-star and longtime friend Olivia Newton-John after her death on Aug. 8. The actress and singer, known for movies like Xanadu and pop hits like “Physical,” passed away at age 73 after a 30-year battle with cancer. Travolta reacted to news of her passing with a throwback photo of Newton-John and a heartfelt message signed “Your Danny,” referencing his Grease character who fell in love along with her Sandy.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so significantly better. Your impact was incredible. I like you a lot. We’ll see you down the road and we are going to all be together again. Yours from the primary moment I saw you and without end!
Your Danny, your John!”

Newton-John died “peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” her husband, John Easterling, announced in a Facebook post today. He added that “Olivia has been a logo of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer.”

She was first diagnosed in 1992 and privately battled cancer again in 2013. In 2017, she announced she had cancer again, and this time it had metastasized to her sacrum, per People. Travolta told the outlet in 2020, “Olivia is a survivor and he or she’s smart and he or she’s got a number of life in her and I believe she looks at it from the glass half full at all times and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life and I believe all of us need to do this.”


Since starring opposite one another within the smash musical in 1978, Newton-John and Travolta shared the the screen again in 1983’s Two of a Kind and had reunited during multiple public appearances, including a celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Grease in 2018.

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Newton-John and Travolta celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Grease in 2018.

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Newton-John also expressed her condolences when Travolta lost his wife, Kelly Preston, to breast cancer in 2020. “Kelly was a radiant, warm and mild spirit—a loving, devoted wife, mother and sweet friend,” she wrote in an announcement. “My heart breaks for John, Ella, and Ben. No words can express my sorrow for her family. Kelly’s light shines on in her beautiful children.”

Along with Travolta, stars liked Barbra Streisand and Dionne Warwick paid homage to Newton-John following news of the legend’s death.

Those that would love to rejoice Newton-John’s life can achieve this by making a donation to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund at

Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at There’s a 75 percent probability she’s listening to Lorde right away. 

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