Newton-John, Olivia (1948-)

Also known as
John, Olivia Newton (1948-)
Newton-John, Olivia
Newton-John, Olivia, (AC, AO, 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
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-524913

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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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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. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Crown Content
  5. Faith, Hope and Charity Australian Women and Imperial Honours: 1901-1989
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  6. [Biographical cuttings on Olivia Newton-John, actress, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 1981626

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  1. Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Archived website, Periodical : 2000-2019 ]
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  2. I honestly love you / Delta Goodrem
    Goodrem, Delta
    [ Sound : 2018 ]
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  3. Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  4. Olivia Newton-John : featuring Sam ... ..
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Printed music : 1977 ]
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  5. Olivia Newton-John's greatest hits
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
    [ Printed music : 1977 ]
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  6. The great Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  7. Don't stop believin' / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  8. Olivia / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  9. Olivia (2) / [Olivia Newton-John]
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  10. Olivia : the singles / Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  1. Olivia Newton-John
    Newton-John, Olivia, 1948-
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  2. Portrait of Olivia Newton-John / Don McMurdo
    McMurdo, Don, 1930-2001
    [ Photograph : 1967-1998 ]
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  3. Oribia hitokiwa no kagayaki (Olivia's startling brilliance)
    Asahi Shimbun (Evening edition)
    [ Article : 1978 ]
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  4. Suta no fukaku ichidan to (A step upwards in a star's style)
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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 ]
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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
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  7. It all adds up : Olivia : [concert program], 1978
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At State Library S Aust
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  8. Portrait of Olivia Newton-John / Graham McCarter
    McCarter, Graham, 1940-
    [ Photograph : 1990 ]
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  9. Olivia Newton-John [as Sandy] in "Grease"
    [ Photograph : 1978 ]
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    At National Library
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  10. International Only Olivia Fan Club
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  3. Olivia Newton-John on the One Tree Per Child initiative
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  1. Olivia Newton-John, sunshine supergirl / by Linda Jacobs
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