Kylie Minogue and Rod Stewart pay tribute to ‘lovely’ Dame Olivia Newton-John

Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue and Sir Rod Stewart are among the celebrities paying tribute to Hollywood icon Dame Olivia Newton-John following her death. 

The Grease actress died aged 73 at her home in California on Monday following a breast cancer battle that spanned three decades. 

Dame Olivia’s family announced the news in a statement revealing that she was surrounded by her family, including husband John Easterling and daughter Chloe Lattanzi, at her ranch. 

John Travolta, who co-starred with the actress in classic musical Grease, was among the first to pay tribute to Dame Olivia in a tear-jerking message, saying she ‘made all of our lives better’ before signing off as: ‘Your Danny, your John,’ in reference to his character in the film. 

Tributes are continuing to pour in from all corners of Hollywood, with Mariah Carey sharing photos of occasions when she met Dame Olivia alongside a heartfelt post of fond memories. 

The We Belong Together singer tweeted: ‘I first fell in love with Olivia’s voice when I was a little girl and heard “I Honestly Love You.” Songs like “Magic,” “Suddenly” and “Have You Never Been Mellow” showcased her beautiful airy tone and signature sound. And THEN there was GREASE. I was obsessed. 

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‘I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything. Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia and we sang our hearts out together to “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” This is a moment I will never ever forget.

‘I was also blessed to be in her presence on many other occasions and she was one of the kindest, most generous and lovely people I’ve ever met. She will be missed. She will be remembered. She will be loved. Olivia, I honestly love you.’ 

Stockard Channing, who co-starred with Dame Olivia in Grease as fellow Pink Lady Betty Rizzo, said in a statement shared with People: ‘I don’t know if I’ve known a lovelier human being. 

‘Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunniness, her warmth and her grace are what always come to mind when I think of her.

‘I will miss her enormously.’

Moulin Rouge actress Nicole Kidman – and Dame Olivia’s fellow Aussie – penned: ‘Livvie brought the most divine light into the world. So much love, joy, inspiration and kindness, and we will always be hopelessly devoted to you,’ in reference to the song Olivia recorded for the Grease soundtrack.’ 

She included a photo of her and husband Keith Urban hugging Dame Olivia at the second Annual Penfolds Gala Black Tie Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in 2005. 

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Pop icon Kylie Minogue said she ‘looked up to’ Dame Olivia since she was 10 years old, ‘and always will’. 

‘She was, and always will be, an inspiration to me in so many, many ways. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. x ONJ4EVER,’ the Spinning Around singer tweeted. 

Peter Andre, who also grew up in Australia, shared an epic throwback photo of him and the late actress together. 

The Mysterious Girl singer wrote in the caption: ‘My sister Debbie just sent me this photo. The night of the Spina Bifida charity concert in Australia where I had the privilege to perform alongside Dame Olivia Newton John. 

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‘This photo reminds me what a warm, kind and giving person she was. She smiled constantly and spent time speaking to everyone backstage. I will never forget it.’ 

Sir Rod Stewart wrote fondly: ‘My great friend Olivia Newton John has passed away. She was the perfect Lady , gorgeous , with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication.

‘Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy‘ era. RIP Olivia. Sir Rod.’ 

Goldie Hawn shared a clip from a performance she shared with Dame Olivia, and said: ‘A light landed on this planet 73 years ago. Her voice brought us to such joyous heights, nothing held her back, nothing. 

‘Her mind was strong and heroic. Olivia’s light will continue to shine and will never flicker. Never. Rest sweetheart. Rest peacefully, you are Love.’

British actress Jane Seymour, who was close friends with the late star, recalled her final visit with Dame Olivia and said in the end, the pain she suffered was ‘no way to live life anymore’.

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