Newton-John, Olivia (1948-)

Also known as
John, Olivia Newton (1948-)
Newton-John, Olivia
Field of activity
Singer; Actor; Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil); Grammy Award; Singer and Actor
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35484396
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-524913

Biographies

Olivia Newton-John has had a successful international singing and acting career which has spanned more than thirty years. Some of her well-known songs include 'Let Me Be There' (1973), 'I Honestly Love You' (1974), 'Physical' (1981). Albums include Main Event (Anthony Warlow and John Farnham) 1998. She starred in the films Grease 1978, Xanadu 1980 and Two of a Kind. She established the business Koala Blue in 1986 with a long time friend, Pat Farrar, but it collapsed in 1992, the same year in which she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She overcame the disease and continues to support cancer research and is committed to environmental causes. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 30 December 1978 for services to the performing Arts.

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Birth date from Australian Encyclopedia.

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Popular singer and actor, Olivia Newton-John, is best known for her timeless performance in the hit film musical Grease. Born in Cambridge, England, Newton-John moved to Melbourne at the age of five. She showed an early interest in singing and formed a quartet called Sol Four at the age of fifteen. In 1963 she appeared on the popular TV show, Sing, Sing, Sing, hosted by Johnny O'Keefe and won a trip to London where she appeared as a cabaret duo with Pat Carroll. In 1966 Newton-John recorded her first single for Decca Records, a version of Jackie De Shannon's Till You Say You'll Be Mine. She went on to join the group Toomorrow [sic], the brainchild of Don Kirschner, creator of The Monkees. Toomorrow released their self-titled debut album in 1970 and starred in a movie of the same name. Newton-John achieved popular success in 1971, with a country-music version of Bob Dylan's If Not For You. Her 1973 release Let Me Be There attained gold album status and she was awarded a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist in 1973. Before re-locating to the U.S. she represented the U.K. in the 1974 Eurovision song contest and came fourth. Later in the year, the single I Honestly Love You was released in the U.S., reaching No.1 in the charts. In 1978 Newton-John became an international star after co-starring with John Travolta in Grease. The film soundtrack featured a number of Travolta and Newton-John duets, and included the hits Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You and You're The One That I Want. She won the American People's Choice Award for Favourite Motion Picture Actress in 1979 and went on to star in Xanadu (1980), Two Of A Kind (1983) and It's My Party (1996). Her successes continued with the No. 1 hit Physical in 1981 and three further Grammy Awards. In 1990 Newton-John was appointed goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Environment Program. The 1990s saw her successfully overcame a battle with breast cancer, which inspired her song-writing debut Gaia: One Woman's Journey (1994). With the release of her album, Back With A Heart in 1999, she returned to work as a performer and toured extensively in the U.S. after many years. Newton-John sang the duet, Dare to Dream with John Farnham at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics and soon after released her only live album, One Woman's Live Journey, followed by Magic - The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John, which celebrated thirty years of recording. In 2002, Olivia was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. She is also well known for her charity work and business ventures marketing Australian products internationally.

Resources for Olivia Newton-John

Selected resources (5)

Australian Women's Register

  1. A pig tale
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [1993]
    Published: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
  2. Olivia Newton-John-Biography
    Mudhar, Richard
    [2002]
    Published: Only Olivia Fan Club International
    Series: http://www.onlyolivia.com/onj.html
  3. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
    Series: http://www.womenaustralia.info/exhib/honours/honours.html
  4. Who's who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [2002]
    Published: Crown Content
  5. National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room: Biographical cuttings on Olivia Newton-John, actress

Resources by Olivia Newton-John (77)

  1. LivWise / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Book : 2011-2012 ]
    At 55 libraries
    LivWise / Olivia Newton-John
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.616)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 17.616)

  2. Victoria with love : some personal views of life in Victoria, Australia / [Olivia Newton-John ... et al.]
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At 20 libraries
    Victoria with love : some personal views of life in Victoria, Australia / [Olivia Newton-John ... et al.]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.369)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.369)

  3. Grace and gratitude : renewed / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2006-2011 ]
    Languages: English;Multiple languages, [1 other]
    At 19 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.199)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.199)

  4. My country / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    At 13 libraries
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  5. Stronger than before / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  6. Set no limits : Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 1997-1998 ]
    At 41 libraries
    Set no limits : Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.075)

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  7. Olivia (2) [Olivia Newton-John]
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At 8 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.163)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.163)

  8. Back to basics : the essential collection 1971-1992 / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 1992 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.583)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.583)

  9. Grease
    Paramount Pictures Corporation
    [ Video : 1977-2012 ]
    Languages: English;Spanish;Italian;Hebrew, [13 others]
    At 76 libraries
    Grease
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  10. Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Printed music : 1982 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  1. Olivia : the biography of Olivia Newton-John / Tim Ewbank
    Ewbank, Tim
    [ Book : 2008-2009 ]
    At 80 libraries
    Olivia : the biography of Olivia Newton-John / Tim Ewbank
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.491)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 24.491)

  2. International Only Olivia Fan Club
    International Only Olivia Fan Club
    [ Periodical, Archived website : 1998-2014 ]
    View online
    At 3 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.655)

  3. Olivia Newton-John
    Herald and Weekly Times
    [ Photograph : 1966-1975 ]
    View online
    At State Library of VIC
    Olivia Newton-John
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  4. Portrait of Olivia Newton-John / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1967-1998 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Portrait of Olivia Newton-John / Don McMurdo
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.342)

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  5. [Portrait of Olivia Newton-John, Bicentennial Concert, Sydney Entertainment Centre, January 1988] Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1988 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Portrait of Olivia Newton-John, Bicentennial Concert, Sydney Entertainment Centre, January 1988] Don McMurdo
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.275)

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  6. Olivia more than physical : a collector's guide / by Gregory Branson-Trent
    Branson-Trent, Gregory
    [ Book : 1994 ]
    At Ipswich LIS
    Olivia more than physical : a collector's guide / by Gregory Branson-Trent
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.238)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.238)

  7. Olivia Newton-John / by Peter Ruff
    Ruff, Peter
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Olivia Newton-John / by Peter Ruff
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.26)

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  8. Olivia Newton-John / text, Ann Morse ; ill., John Keely ; design concept, Mark Landkamer
    Morse, Ann
    [ Book : 1976 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
    View online
    At 2 libraries
    Olivia Newton-John / text, Ann Morse ; ill., John Keely ; design concept, Mark Landkamer
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.837)

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  9. It all adds up : Olivia : [concert program], 1978
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At State Library S Aust
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.491)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.491)

  10. Oribia hitokiwa no kagayaki (Olivia's startling brilliance)
    Asahi Shimbun (Evening edition)
    [ Article : 1978 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.454)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.454)

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    Newton-John, Olivia
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    Newton-John, Olivia
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    Newton-John, Olivia, 1947-
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  1. Olivia Newton-John, living and loving [Interview by Thomas, Deborah]
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    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  1. Website: Centenary of Federation play kit
    historysmiths.com.au
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    www.womenaustralia.info
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