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Olivia Newton-John (born September 26, 1948, Cambridge.) – A leading Australian actress and singer of the 1970s. Fifteen hits it reached the top ten of the Billboard charts, five of them – the first place. Four times she was awarded a Grammy. In 1981, she received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, Olivia Newton-John was awarded the highest state award – the Order of Australia.
The granddaughter of a prominent physicist Max Born, Olivia was born in the English city of Cambridge, September 26, 1948. Her father, an officer in the British Army, led the arrest of Rudolf Hess in 1941. In 1954 the family moved to Australia, where he settled in Melbourne. At the age of 16 years, Olivia has created a pop group with their classmates and won a local contest of young performers. Shortly thereafter, she returned to the UK with her mother, then her career took off. «The Case» In 1968, she starred with Cliff Richard in the television movie.
In 1971, Olivia released the first single, «If Not For You» (author of the song – Bob Dylan). Three years later, she represented Great Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song «Long Live Love» and took fourth place. In the same year her ballad «I Honestly Love You» was released in the US market, where Olivia was originally positioned as a performer in country style. Her soft voice captivated the American public, and the debut single reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100.
Inspired by this success, Olivia settled in the United States and in 1975 returned to first place in the charts with a new song «Have You Never Been Mellow» and self-titled album. The success of the newly-minted diva a wide audience caused a split among country music fans, many of whom demanded that her songs were removed from the rotation on country radio stations as too “pop.”
In 1978, Olivia made a decisive step towards modern dance motifs. She starred in the cult musical “Grease,” which became the most commercially successful Hollywood project of the year and earned her a nomination for the film award “Golden Globe”. In a duet with her partner, John Travolta, she performed two disc greatest hits – «You’re the One That I Want» and «Summer Nights». Both songs topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. By the end of the year, Olivia Newton-John released a new album, «Totally Hot», which finally abandoned country and appeared before the public in a more relaxed, sexy image.
Newton-John and Travolta on the cover of the musical “Grease”.
To secure the change of image, she starred in the musical film “Xanadu” (1980). Although the film was disappointing in most of the public and critics, the soundtrack to it enjoyed wide success. The ballad «Magic», written in collaboration with «Bee Gees», headed the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. In the UK, the greatest success was waiting for the title track, filled with Olivia «Electric Light Orchestra».
The highlight of the musical career of Olivia Newton-John was the release of the infamous single «Physical» in 1981. Many radio stations refused to untwist this hit because of excessive spice text. I got better known video, filmed in the gym: Olivia positioned in these years as the propagandist of aerobics. In total, «Physical» held at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 ten weeks – more than any other song, released in 1980.
After several years of dizzying success of Olivia’s career went into decline. In 1983, she recorded a new duet with Travolta and co-starred with him in the next movie, but he failed. Over the decades, the singer has recorded virtually no new material. In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she was forced to undergo treatment. In 1996, her life partner becomes operator Patrick McDermott, who went missing, Rybachy the coast of California in 2005
In 2000, Olivia Newton-John was entrusted with the honor to open the Olympic Games in Sydney. She ran with the Olympic torch relay and the final stage in a duet with John Farnham sang on «Dare to Dream» Games opening ceremony of the song. In addition, in the memory of fans of Disney products, it will always remain as a performer of romantic soundtrack to the animated film “The Little Mermaid.”