Australian icon Olivia Newton-John remembered at last goodbye
- Farewell to Olivia Newton-John took place on Sunday at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
- The Grease star has died after a 20-year battle with cancer at the age of 73.
- After being diagnosed with cancer, Newton-John began raising funds for cancer research and awareness.
She lived with breast cancer for 20 years.
“In the most difficult times, she always had the spirit, humor and willpower to bring things to light.”
Australian performers, dignitaries and fans filled the Hamer Hall for the service, and international stars Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and Sir Cliff Richard were among those who sent video tributes.
Australian singer Delta Goodrem performs during the state memorial service for Olivia Newton-John at Hamer Hall in Melbourne, Sunday 26 February 2023. Source: AARP / James Ross
Delta Goodrem, who played Newton-John in the 2018 miniseries, also held back tears as she performed a medley of the singer’s greatest hits, including Let’s Get Physical and Xanadu.
Her big break came when she played the role of Sandy in the 1978 film Grease.
She has won four Grammys and has many number one hits, with over 100 million records sold.
A treatment and research center in Melbourne, the Olivia Newton-John Health and Research Center opened in 2012 and its services have helped thousands of people.
In 2019, Newton-John was appointed an OBE and also appointed an OBE.