“I am committed and excited about educating and encouraging women to take a positive role in their breast health.” – Olivia Newton-John
A well-known and loved star passed away on August 8. The world is sadder for it.
To many, Olivia Newton-John was Sandy from the movie “Grease” or Kira from “Xanadu.” But to die-hard fans she was a revolutionary pop singer.
Before she ever hit the screens she was singing her heart out and capturing peoples love.
Her U.S. album debut, “Let Me Be There,” produced her first top 10 single of the same name, with Olivia being honored by the Academy Of Country Music as “Most Promising Female Vocalist” and earning a Grammy Award as “Best Country Vocalist.”
She didn’t stop there. As fans will remember, her album featuring “Physical” topped the charts for 10 consecutive weeks making it the #1 single of the 80’s.
In November 2015, Billboard Magazine listed “Physical” at #8 on their “Top 100 Songs Of All Time” list and in 2010 listed it as “The Sexiest Song of All Time.” She also ranked #20 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists” and most recently was ranked #7 on Billboard’s “Greatest Of All Time Hot 100 Women Artists.”
Music aside, Newton-John was an activist and spokesperson for worldly issues. She was named the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme and, in 1991, served as the national spokesperson for the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. This was after her daughter, Chloe, lost a friend to a rare form of cancer.
Her passion for educating and helping people increased when she started her own fight with breast cancer. Many believe that is what claimed her life this summer. However, her husband John Esterling, has not disclosed a cause.
According to the CDC, breast cancer claims around 42,000 women every year. Newton-John made sure everyone knew about the disease and frequently raised money for research towards cancers of all kinds.
Please share your favorite Olivia Newton-John song on our Facebook page!