Olivia Newton-John Part One
Olivia Newton-John, AC, OBE (born 26 September 1948) is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, dancer, and activist. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five number-one and ten other top ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world‘s best-selling artists of all time. She starred in the musical film Grease, and its soundtrack is one of the most successful in history, with the single “You‘re the One That I Want“, with John Travolta, one of the best selling singles of all time.
26 September 1948( age 70).
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
( m. 1984; div. 1995).
John Easterling (m. 2008).
Chloe Rose Lattanzi.
Max Born (grandfather).
Brett Goldsmith (nephew).
Tottie Goldsmith (niece).
Gustav Victor Rudolf Born( uncle).
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. Her business interests have included launching several product lines for Koala Blue and co-owning the Gaia Retreat & Spa in Australia.
Newton-John has been married twice. She is the mother of one daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, with her first husband, actor Matt Lattanzi. She married John Easterlingin 2008.
Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, to Welshman Brinley “Bryn“ Newton-John(1914— 1992) and Irene Helene (née Born) (1914— 2003). Her Jewish maternal grandfather, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born, fled with his family to England from Germany before World War II to escape the Nazi regime. Newton-John‘s maternal grandmother was of paternal Jewish ancestry as well. She is a third cousin of comedian Ben Elton. Her maternal great-grandfather was jurist Victor Ehrenberg and her matrilineal great-grandmother‘s father was jurist Rudolf von Jhering.
Newton-John‘s father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project at Bletchley Park who took Rudolf Hess into custody during World War II. After the warhe became Headmaster at Cambridgeshire High School for Boys and was in that rolewhen Olivia was born.
Newton-John is the youngest of three children, following brother Hugh (1940-2019),a doctor, and sister Rona (1943— 2013) (an actress who was married to Grease co-star Jeff Conaway from 1980 until their divorce in 1985). In 1954, when Olivia was six, the Newton-Johns emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, where her father worked as a professor of German and as Master of Ormond College at the University ofMelbourne.
She attended Christ Church Grammar School, and then University High School, near to Ormond College.
Olivia’s Musical Career
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 became a regular on local Australian radio and television shows including HSV-7‘s The Happy Show where she performed as “Lovely Livvy“.
She also appeared on The Go!! Show where she met future duet partner, singer Pat Carroll, and future music producer, John Farrar (Carroll and Farrar would later marry). She entered and won a talent contest on the television program Sing, Sing, Sing, hosted by 1960s Australian icon Johnny O’Keefe, performing the songs “Anyone Who Had a Heart“ and “Everything‘s Coming Up Roses“. She was initially reluctant to use the prize she had won, a trip to Great Britain, but traveled there nearly a year later after her mother encouraged her to broaden her horizons.
Newton-John recorded her first single, “Till You Say You‘ll Be Mine“, in Britain for Decca Records in 1966. While in Britain, Newton-John missed her then-boyfriend, Ian Turpie, with whom she had co-starred in the Australian telefilm, Funny Things Happen Down Under. She repeatedly booked trips back to Australia which her mother would subsequently cancel.
Newton-John‘s outlook changed when Pat Carroll moved to the UK. The two formed aduo called “Pat and Olivia“ and toured nightclubs in Europe. (In one incident,they were booked at Paul Raymond‘s Revue in Soho, London. Dressed primly in frilly, high-collared dresses, they were unaware that this was a strip club until they began to perform onstage.) After Carroll‘s visa expired forcing her to return to Australia, Newton-John remained in Britain to pursue solo work until 1975.
Newton-John was recruited for the group Toomorrow, formed by American producer Don Kirshner. In 1970, the group starred in a “science fiction musical” film and recorded an accompanying soundtrack album, on RCA records, both name dafter the group. That same year the group made two single recordings, “You‘re MyBaby Now/Goin‘ Back“ and “I Could Never Live Without Your Love/Roll Like a River“. Neither track became a chart success and the project failed with the group disbanding.