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‘Your impact was incredible’: Hollywood mourns the loss of Olivia Newton-John

Hollywood is mourning Olivia Newton-John, who died on Monday at her southern California ranch at the age of 73. The Grease star and chart-topping singer, who publicly discussed her breast cancer since her first diagnosis in 1992, died surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement posted to her Facebook page by her widower, John Easterling.

Shortly after her family’s announcement, tributes began pouring in from former costars to longtime celebrity admirers of the soft-rock icon – Newton-John sold over 100m records and charted nearly 40 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during her nearly five decades in music.

Her Grease costar John Travolta posted to Instagram: “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

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The actor George Takei posted on Twitter: “We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton-John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.”

We have lost a great, iconic artist in Olivia Newton John, gone too soon from us at age 73. I trust she is now in the great Xanadu beyond. Know that we are forever hopelessly devoted to you, Olivia. Rest in song and mirth.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 8, 2022

The singer Dionne Warwick tweeted: “Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir. Not only was Olivia a dear friend, but one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will most definitely miss her. She now Rests in the Arms of the Heavenly Father.”

Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir. Not only was Olivia a dear friend, but one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of recording and performing with. I will most definitely miss her. She now Rests in the Arms of the Heavenly Father 🥲🙏🏾♥️

— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) August 8, 2022

“‘Grease’ is my #1 movie of all time and made me a lifelong Olivia Newton-John fan,” tweeted actor Gabrielle Union. “Me and my sister watched Xanadu more times than I could count. Sending so much love and prayers to a real gift of a woman and talent

“Grease” is my #1 movie of all time and made me a lifelong Olivia Newton John fan. Me and my sister watched Xanadu more times than I could count. Sending so much love and prayers to a real gift of a woman and talent. #RIPOliviaNewtonJohn 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/1M8lcVQuON

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) August 8, 2022

“Farewell with love to the legend who will forever be my first crush. Rest In Peace, Olivia Newton-John,” wrote actor Daniel Dae Kim on Twitter.

Farewell with love to the legend who will forever be my first crush. Rest In Peace, Olivia Newton-John. 🥲🙏🏼👼🏻 https://t.co/IDdhwtoiDX

— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) August 8, 2022

Mia Farrow tweeted: “Very sad that lovely, talented, brave Olivia Newton-John has died. I never got to meet her, but everyone says she was wonderful- always kind.”

Very sad that lovely, talented, brave Olivia Newton- John has died. I never got to meet her, but everyone says she was wonderful- always kind.

— Mia Farrow🇺🇦 (@MiaFarrow) August 8, 2022

“Like so many, Olivia has always been my hero,” the actor and dancer Julianne Hough posted on Instagram. “Discovering her magnetic energy as an artist and actress came first but it was her heart that truly captured mine. Forever an icon and legend!”

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“I am SO saddened at the news of the passing of Olivia Newton-John,” the actor Marlee Matlin tweeted. “I remember being so star struck when I met her at my first Hollywood gathering for Paramount. She was the sweetest and brightest light and I loved getting to know her on “It’s My Party.” RIP dear, sweet Olivia.

I am SO saddened at the news of the passing of Olivia Newton John. I remember being so star struck when I met her at my first Hollywood gathering for Paramount. She was the sweetest and brightest light and I loved getting to know her on “It’s My Party.” RIP dear, sweet Olivia. pic.twitter.com/4FFgolVQNk

— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) August 8, 2022

“Rest In Peace, Olivia,” wrote the journalist Katie Couric along with a red heart emoji.

Rest In Peace, Olivia. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3EMmyEXbns

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) August 8, 2022

“The history of soft rock aka ‘yacht rock’ has been told mostly by men and that’s why its queens have mostly been marginalized. Olivia Newton-John was one of the biggest. RIP to a master of delicacy,” wrote NPR and music critic Ann K Powers.

The history of soft rock aka “yacht rock” has been told mostly by men and that’s why its queens have mostly been marginalized. Olivia Newton John was one of the biggest. RIP to a master of delicacy #RIPOliviaNewtonJohnhttps://t.co/HzY0wbyNQP

— Feeling Distant (@annkpowers) August 8, 2022

“Fly with the angels Olivia newton John,” wrote the actor Rosanna Arquette.

Fly with the angels Olivia newton John

— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) August 8, 2022

“Very sad news. Great admiration for how she bravely faced breast cancer,” tweeted Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who has also survived breast cancer. “Condolences to her loving family and friends.”

Very sad news. Great admiration for how she bravely faced breast cancer. Condolences to her loving family and friends. 🙏🏾💕 https://t.co/O5xuNjbAx4

— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) August 8, 2022

The actor Jane Lynch tweeted simply: “ONJ. Angel.”

ONJ. Angel. https://t.co/UfAf9ZlycA

— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) August 8, 2022

“Her memory is already a blessing,” tweeted Nigella Lawson, the celebrity chef.

Her memory is already a blessing https://t.co/QgfF2Xuult

— Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) August 8, 2022

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