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She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot singles,  and two number-one Billboard solo albums.
Eleven of her singles including two platinum Various - Brashs Final Mix 12 14 of her albums including two platinum and four double platinum have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Newton-John has been a long-time activist for environmental and animal rights issues.
She has been an advocate for health awareness, becoming involved with various charities, health products, and fundraising efforts. Newton-John has been married twice. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanziwith her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi.
She married John Easterling in Newton-John's maternal grandmother was of paternal Jewish ancestry as well. She is a third cousin of comedian Ben Elton. Newton-John is the youngest of three children, following brother Hugha doctor, and sister Rona — an actress who was married to Grease co-star Jeff Conaway from until their divorce in Inwhen Olivia was six, the Newton-Johns emigrated to MelbourneAustralia, where her father worked as a professor of German and as master of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne.
At 14, Newton-John formed a short-lived all-girl group, Sol Four, with three classmates often performing in a coffee shop owned by her brother-in-law. She also appeared on The Go!! Show where she met future duet partner, singer Pat Carrolland future music producer, John Farrar Carroll and Farrar would later marry. She was initially reluctant to use the prize she had won, a trip to Great Britain, but traveled there nearly a year later after Did You Say Her Name Was Peg?
- Louis Philippe - Yuri Gagarin mother encouraged her to broaden her horizons. She repeatedly booked trips back to Australia that her mother would subsequently cancel. The two formed a duo called "Pat and Olivia" and toured nightclubs in Europe.
Dressed primly in frilly, high-collared dresses, they were unaware that this was a strip club until they began to perform onstage. Inthe group starred in a "science fiction musical" film and recorded an accompanying soundtrack albumon RCA Recordsboth named after the group. Neither track became a chart success and the project failed with the group disbanding. She made frequent appearances on Cliff Richard 's weekly show, It's Cliff Richard and starred with him in the telefilm The Case.
Subsequent singles including " Banks of Lady Love - Black Swan - 1st Ohio " No.
However, her fortune changed with the release of " Let Me Be There " in The song reached the American top 10 on the Pop No. Hope Be Dilapidate - Praying Gods - Everything record was also called Let Me Be There in Australia; however, the US and Canadian versions featured an alternate track list that mixed new cuts with selections from Olivia and also recycled six songs from If Not for Youwhich was going out of print.
The song was chosen for Newton-John by the British public out of six possible entries. Newton-John later admitted that she disliked the song. All the Eurovision entries were dropped for different and more country-flavoured tunes intended to capitalise on the success of "Let Me Be There"; the North American outing not only used selections from Long Live Love but also Olivia and Music Makes My Dayand only the titular cut was new.
Written and composed by Jeff Barry and Peter Allen the ballad became her first Pop number-one staying there for two weekssecond AC number-one for three weeks and third top 10 Country No.
The success of both singles helped the album reach No. Know Who You Are - State Of Art - Community Impressions respectively. In America, Newton-John's country success sparked a debate among purists, who took issue with a foreigner singing country-flavoured pop music being equated with native Nashville artists. The album generated two singles — the John Farrar -penned title track No.
Please " No. Her streak of five consecutive gold top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot ended when the album's first single, " Something Better to Do ", stopped at No. Although her albums still achieved gold status, she did not return to the top 10 on the Hot or Billboard charts again until Newton-John's singles continued to easily top the AC chart, where she ultimately amassed ten No.
Newton-John also continued to reach the Country top 10 where she tallied seven top 10 singles through 's " Come on Over " No. By mid, Newton-John's pop, AC and country success all suffered a slight blow. MCA also had the option If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / extending the contract for six more records and three more years; and if the artist did not deliver on time, MCA was allegedly allowed to increase the term of the commitment to account for the lateness.
This delay occurred around the same time she was working on Grease for RSO Recordsand the postponement arguably gave MCA—which seemed to want to keep its hold on the performer—the right to exercise its option, extend its contract and stop her from signing with another enterprise.
Newton-John also did not deliver a "newly optioned" album. Ultimately, Newton-John was forbidden from offering her recording services to another label until the five-year pact had run its course; however, the original covenant was not automatically elongated, even though Newton-John had not duly supplied the total sum of vinyls indicated in the contract. As a result of the lawsuit, record companies changed their contracts to be based on a set number of albums recorded by a musician and not a specific number of years.
Newton-John's career soared after she starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease in She was offered the lead role of Sandy after meeting producer Allan Carr at a dinner party at Helen Reddy 's home.
Grease became the biggest box-office hit of Newton-John Her Strut - Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band - Nine Tonight the second woman after Linda Ronstadt in to have two singles — "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Summer Nights" — in the Billboard top 5 simultaneously.
The film's popularity has endured through the years. It was re-released for its 20th anniversary in  and ranked as the second highest-grossing film behind Titanic in its opening weekend. Newton-John contends: "I think the songs If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / timeless.
They're fun and have great energy. The '50s-feel music has always been popular, and it's nostalgic for my generation, and then the young kids are rediscovering it every 10 years or so, it seems. People buying the album was a way for them to remember those feelings of watching the movie and feelings of that time period. I feel very grateful to be a part of this movie that's still loved so much. Newton-John's transformation in Grease from goody-goody "Sandy 1" to spandex-clad "Sandy 2" emboldened Newton-John to do the same with her music career.
In Novembershe released her next studio album, If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / Hotwhich became her first solo top 10 No. Later that year, she appeared in her first film since Greasestarring in the musical Xanadu with Gene Kelly and Michael Beck.
Although the film was a critical failure, its soundtrack No. The film has since become a cult classic and the basis for a Broadway show that ran for more than performances beginning in and was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Newton-John explains: "I just wasn't in the mood for tender ballads. I wanted peppy stuff because that's how I'm feeling.
The single was certified platinum and it ultimately ranked as the biggest song of the decade. In Skank Or Rot - Skeletal Earth - Eulogy For A Dying Fetus, Billboard ranked the song No. The provocative lyrics of the "Physical" title track prompted two Utah radio stations to If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / the single from their playlists.
She pioneered the nascent music video industry by recording a video album for Physical featuring videos of all the album's tracks and three of her older hits. Newton-John asserts: "Like everyone, I've got different sides of my personality. I've my dominant self, my need-to-be-dominated self, the sane Olivia and the crazy Olivia. Playing these different characters gave me a chance to show strange parts people haven't seen much.
The success of Physical led to an international tour and If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / release of her second hits collection, the double platinum Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. The special was subsequently released to video, earning Newton-John another Grammy nomination.
Newton-John re-teamed with Travolta in for the critically and commercially unsuccessful Two of a Kind redeemed by its platinum soundtrack No.
Newton-John released another video package, the Grammy-nominated Twist of Fatefeaturing videos of her four songs on the Two of a Kind soundtrack and the two new singles from Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol.
Newton-John's music career cooled again with the release of her next studio album, the gold Soul Kiss No. Lady Love - Herb Alpert - Wild Romance album's only charted single was the title track No. Due to her pregnancy, Newton-John limited her publicity for the album. The video album for Soul Kiss featured only five of the album's ten tracks concept videos for the album's singles "Soul Kiss" and "Toughen Up" as well as performance videos of the tracks "Culture Shock", "Emotional Tangle" and "The Right Moment".
After a nearly three-year hiatus following the birth of her daughter Chloe in JanuaryNewton-John resumed her recording career with the album, The Rumour. Both the single No. Ironically, this album was praised by critics as more mature with Newton-John addressing topics such as AIDS, the environment and single-parent households.
In SeptemberNewton-John released her self-described "self-indulgent" album, Warm and Tenderwhich reunited her with producer John Farrar, absent from her previous LP, and also marked a return to a more wholesome image of herself.
Inspired by her daughter, who appeared on the cover, the album featured lullabies and love songs for parents and their children. Newton-John was primed for Gabriels Mothers Hiway #16 Blues Ballad - Arlo Guthrie - The Best Of Arlo Guthrie comeback in when she compiled her third hits collection, Back to Basics: The Essential Collection —and planned her first tour since her Physical trek ten years earlier.
Shortly after the album's release Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to cancel all publicity for the album, including the tour. Newton-John received her diagnosis the same weekend her father died. She is a product spokesperson for the Liv-Kit, a breast self-examination product. Newton-John's advocacy for health issues was presaged by her prior involvement with many humanitarian causes. Newton-John cancelled a concert tour of Japan to protest the slaughter of dolphins caught in tuna fishing nets.
The morning after I was in the pools, I woke up and the words and melody were If We Try - Olivia Newton-John - Great Hits - First Impressions / my head. I think it was a gift from them. During the concert, artists performed songs for which they donated their royalties, some in perpetuity, to benefit the cause. On the cover of the Warm and Tender album, the singer is shown with two young girls: one is Newton-John's daughter Chloe and the other, whom Newton-John is kissing, is Colette Chuda.
Newton-John's cancer diagnosis also affected the type of music she recorded. Inshe released Gaia: One Woman's Journeywhich chronicled her ordeal. Inthere was an American distribution by Hip-O Recordsand a subsequent re-release in by Green Hill featured an alternate cover photo.
This was Stop In Your Tracks (Christ Analogue Remix) - CEOXiME - Theta second exclusive album for Hallmark Cards after her successful first Christmas album ' Tis the Season with Vince Gill five years earlier. Proceeds from the album's sales benefited breast cancer research. She re-recorded some tracks from Grace and Gratitude in and re-released the album as Grace and Gratitude Renewed on the Green Hill music label.
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