Happy birthday! Olivia Newton-John turns 69

AUSTRALIA'S original golden girl Olivia Newton-John celebrates her 69th birthday today.

Newton-John was originally born in England - her father was an MI5 officer on the Enigma project - but, following the war, moved with her family to Melbourne.

She quickly showed a passion for entertainment and became a regular on local radio and television shows, including The Happy Show.

But Newton-John got her first break when she won a talent contest on the Johnny O'Keefe-hosted programme Sing, Sing, Sing,, earning a trip to her country of birth.

What is your favourite Olivia Newton-John song?

This poll ended on 31 December 2017.

Current Results

You're the One That I Want

0%

Hopelessly Devoted to You

11%

Xanadu

0%

Physical

11%

I Honestly Love You

11%

Magic

33%

Summer Nights

0%

Other

33%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

She recorder her first single - "Till You Say You'll Be Mine" - in 1966 but her next move was to join the group Toomorrow, but despite starring in a film and recording the soundtrack, Toomorrow fell flat and the members disbanded.

Newton-John then began to seriously focus on her solo career releasing If Not For You in 1971. The album brought her much success in Britain and Australia but failed to crack the US.

That all changed with the release of her single "Let Me Be There" (1973) which earned her a Grammy and an Academy of Country Music award.

In 1974, Newton-John competed in the Eurovision Song Contest - for the United Kingdom - and finished fourth behind the Swedish powerhouse ABBA.

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta star in Grease.
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta star in Grease. CONTRIBUTED

She continued to have success in the US with subsequent albums but then her career reached its zenith when she starred as Sandy Olsson in Grease.

The movie was an instant hit and the soundtrack spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at No.1 with Newton-John becoming only the second woman to have two singles - "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "Summer Nights" - simultaneously in the Billboard Top-5.

Sporting a sexier new look, Newton-John ruled the airwaves of the late 70s and early 80s with singles such as "A Little More Love", "Deeper Than The Night" and the Xanadu soundtrack.

But her best was yet to come and in 1981 she released her most successful album Physical - with its title track spending a record 10 weeks atop of the Billboard Hot 100.

After giving birth to her daughter, Chloe Rose Lattanzi, in 1986, her career slowly declined with albums that reviewed strongly but failed to incite the same intensity amongst a new generation of listeners.

In 1992, she was ready to make another comeback when she was hit with two tragedies in the same week; the death of her father and the revelation she was suffering from breast cancer.

Following her recovery, she threw herself into advocacy work while maintaining a presence in the recording studio.

However, her life continued to have its speed bumps.

In 2005, her on-and-off boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, was lost at sea following a fishing trip, though rumours persist he faked his own death.

And then in 2007, it was revealed her daughter was recovering from anorexia.

She continued to perform and star in television and movies but, earlier this year, it was announced her breast cancer had returned and metastasized to her lower back.

Hopefully her birthday brings her joy that overcomes her current health worries!


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