Newton-John, Olivia (1948-)

Also known as
John, Olivia Newton (1948-)
Newton-John, Olivia
Newton-John, Olivia, (OBE) (1948-)
Field of activity
Singer; Actor; Order of the British Empire - Officer (Civil); Grammy Award
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 (Anthony Warlow and John Farnham) 1998. She starred in the films 1978, 1980 and . 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.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Newton-John, Olivia
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. A pig tale
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [New York]
    Published: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
  3. Olivia Newton-John-Biography
    Mudhar, Richard
    [2002]
    Published: Only Olivia Fan Club International
  4. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  6. Biographical cuttings on Olivia Newton-John, actress
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

Resources by Olivia Newton-John (84)

  1. LivWise / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Book : 2011-2012 ]
    Possibly online
    At 63 libraries
    LivWise / Olivia Newton-John
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  2. Victoria with love : some personal views of life in Victoria, Australia / [Olivia Newton-John ... et al.]
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Book : 1981 ]
    At 18 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: 15.792)

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  3. Two strong hearts live / John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John
    Farnham, John, 1949-
    [ Sound : 2015 ]
    At 28 libraries
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  4. Two strong hearts : live in concert / John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John
    [ Video : 2015 ]
    At 26 libraries
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  5. My country / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    At 12 libraries
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  6. Stronger than before / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  7. The best of Bandstand
    National Nine Network (Australia)
    [ Video, Microform : 2013-2015 ]
    At 37 libraries
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  8. Grace and gratitude : renewed / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2006-2011 ]
    Languages: English;Multiple languages;Sanskrit;Arabic, [4 others]
    Possibly online
    At 16 libraries
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  9. Olivia (2) [Olivia Newton-John]
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 2002 ]
    At 8 libraries
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  10. Set no limits : Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Sound : 1997-1998 ]
    At 35 libraries
    Set no limits : Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
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  1. International Only Olivia Fan Club
    International Only Olivia Fan Club
    [ Periodical, Archived website : 1998-2016 ]
    View online
    At 4 libraries
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  2. International Only Olivia Fan Club
    International Only Olivia Fan Club
    [ Periodical, Archived website : 1998-2016 ]
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  3. Olivia : the biography of Olivia Newton-John / Tim Ewbank
    Ewbank, Tim
    [ Book : 2008-2009 ]
    At 76 libraries
    Olivia : the biography of Olivia Newton-John / Tim Ewbank
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  4. Portrait of Olivia Newton-John / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1967-1998 ]
    View online
    At National Library
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  5. Olivia Newton-John
    Herald and Weekly Times
    [ Photograph : 1966-1975 ]
    View online
    At State Library VIC
    Olivia Newton-John
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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
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  7. [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
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  8. Olivia Newton-John / by Peter Ruff
    Ruff, Peter
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Olivia Newton-John / by Peter Ruff
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  9. Oribia hitokiwa no kagayaki (Olivia's startling brilliance)
    Asahi Shimbun (Evening edition)
    [ Article : 1978 ]
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  10. Oribia hitokiwa no kagayaki (Olivia's startling brilliance)
    Asahi Shimbun (Evening edition)
    [ Article : 1978 ]
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  1. Website: International Only Olivia Fan Club
    www.onlyolivia.com
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  2. Website: Centenary of Federation play kit
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  3. Website: Australian Music Database
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  1. Marcie Jones : runs in the blood / [Marcie Jones] ; forewords by Normie Rowe and Olivia Newton-John
    Jones, Marcie
    [ Book : 2008 ]
    At 9 libraries
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  2. Olivia / Tim Ewbank
    Ewbank, Tim
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At 26 libraries
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  3. Olivia Newton-John, sunshine supergirl / by Linda Jacobs
    Jacobs, Linda, 1943-
    [ Book : 1975 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    Olivia Newton-John, sunshine supergirl / by Linda Jacobs
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  4. 50 simple steps to save the world's rainforests / by Kim Henderson and the Green Patriot Working Group ; foreword by "Amazon John" Easterling and Olivia Newton-John Easterling
    Henderson, Kim
    [ Book : 2012 ]
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    50 simple steps to save the world's rainforests / by Kim Henderson and the Green Patriot Working Group ; foreword by "Amazon John" Easterling and Olivia Newton-John Easterling
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  1. The essential Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
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  2. A few best men : original motion picture soundtrack and remixes / featuring Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia
    [ Sound : 2011 ]
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  3. Soul kiss / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1947-
    [ Sound : 1985 ]
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  4. Olivia Newton-John : video gold double DVD collection
    [ Video : 2005 ]
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  1. Olivia Newton-John, living and loving [Interview by Thomas, Deborah]
    Newton-John, Olivia
    Australian Women's Weekly
    [ Article : 2007 ]
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  2. Olivia Newton-John
    Amusement Business
    [ Article : 2001 ]
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  3. Olivia Newton-John
    Pareles, Jon
    The New York Times
    [ Article : 1982 ]
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  4. Newton-John, Olivia
    Current Biography
    [ Article : 1978 ]
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  1. Austin Hospital (1882-)
    ... the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre.

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  2. Lattanzi, Chloe Rose
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    ... Australian parent Olivia Newton John - resides in USA Chloe Rose Lattanzi is an American ...
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  3. Lisa Edwards
    ... Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton John, Natalie Cole, Sting, Bryan Adams, Kylie Minogue, John Farnham and ...
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  1. Newton-John
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Friday 12 December 1975 p 22 Article
    ... Newton-John SYDNEY, Thursday. — Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer with a • string of ... 45 words
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  2. Newton-John
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Tuesday 2 August 1983 p 6 Article
    ... Newton-John SYDNEY: Singer Olivia NewtonJohn arrived in Sydney yesterday and went straight to her ... 41 words
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  3. PIN-UP Olivia Newton-John
    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 1 October 1980 p 150 Article Illustrated
    ... PIN-UP Olivia Newton-John ... 3 words
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    South Head Cemetery 3
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  1. REGISTRATION OF STOCK BRANDS ACT, 1921.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 25 January 1924 [Issue No.12] p 515

    Government Gazette Notices Illustrated

    ... Dunbar Joseph, Chelmsford, Newton Boyd Garnsey John Mead, Rawsonville, Dubbo Haslem Ernest Elevell ... , Yanko Park, Nar randera Cameron Donald, Highfield, Curra weela Currie John Robertson, Lismore Brown ... 57017 words
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  2. Government Gazette Appointments and Employment
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 27 March 1896 [Issue No.244] p 2219

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    ... Shanalian Margaret Smith Maiinda J Waddell Marion E Wilde Florence Wyee Augusta Yates Olivia L Promoted i ... Stanley C Sm'yth Henry J. 8 • «*•»♦*•»»»»»! Steinbeck William M Skelton Ernest J Sykes John Thompson John ... 633 words
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  3. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 10 May 1968 [Issue No.60 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 1909

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