Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John


9/26/1948, Cambridge, England

Birth Name

Olivia Newton-John


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Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England on September 26th 1948; her family moved to Australia when she was 5. Her mother was German, daughter of the physicist Max Born, her father was Welsh, a professor of German at Cambridge and Melbourne. Despite the academic background, early on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1979, Olivia was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy for her role in the 1978 musical Grease.

    • In 1981, Olivia was nominated for a Razzie Award in the category of Worst Actress for her role in the 1980 film Xanadu.

    • Olivia was close friends with Karen Carpenter.

    • Olivia loves dark chocolate caramels.

    • Olivia was named one of the 50 most beautiful people by People Magazine.

    • Olivia's hit "Physical" sold over 2 million copies and hit the top ten on the Billboard charts for 10 consecutive weeks.

    • Olivia has had over 20 of her hits reach the top 10 charts and that includes 5 that reached number 1.

    • Though Olivia acts she is best known for her singing. She has over 25 top 40 singles.

    • Olivia's mother was a writer and her father was the headmaster in Cambridge Grammar school.

    • Olivia was stricken with breast cancer in 1992. She underwent surgery for it.

    • Olivia has a sister who is in show business as well. Her name is Rona Newton-John.

    • Olivia dropped out of high school in her mid-teens.

    • Olivia married Matt Lattanzi in 1984 and they divorced in 1995. They had one child together.

    • Olivia is 5' 6" tall.

    • Olivia has several nicknames that were given to her. Livvy, The Goddess, Lovely Livvy and Olivia Neutron-Bomb.

    • Olivia had her song Best of Friends used in the movie The Land Before Time.

    • Olivia had a DVD come out in 2004 titled 20th Century Masters: The Best of Olivia Newton-John- The DVD Collection.

    • Olivia had her song Physical used in the movie Meet the Focker in 2004.

    • When Olivia was cast as Sandy in Grease, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate her own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, foreign-exchange student from Australia.

    • Olivia had hardly done any acting before Grease, and was terrified of the idea of playing a lead role in a film musical. The more-experienced John Travolta was really supportive though, and sometimes when Olivia made a mistake during filming, he would make it look like it was his fault and take the blame for it.

    • In Olivia hit movie, Grease, Olivia had to be sewn into the pants for the dance number, You're The One That I Want. She admits that her biggest fear was that she was afraid that she would have to go to the bathroom, so she refrained from drinking liquids until the dance number was finished and shot.

    • Olivia is the granddaughter of Nobel prize winning physicist 'Max Born'.

    • Olivia attended University High school in Melbourne, Australia.

    • Olivia opened her clothing boutique, Koala Blue, with her friend Pat Farrar in 1986. The boutique closed in 1991 and they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

    • Olivia was invited to be the resident star for Cliff Richard's highly successful TV show in 1972.

    • Olivia was born in Cambridge, England. She and her family moved to Australia when she was five.

    • Olivia's First US #1 hit was If You Love Me, Let Me Know. The first of six.

    • Olivia's first Top Ten hit was Let Me Be There which peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100.

    • Olivia's first hit single in the US was a cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You."

    • Olivia is a multi-platinum singing superstar with dozens of gold and platinum singles and albums to her credit.

    • Olivia has authored a children's book, A Pig Tale.

  • Quotes

    • Olivia: (on Patrick Swayze, who is fighting pancreatic cancer) I spent some time with Patrick and his horses. We rode his beautiful Arab horses together -- I'll send him a personal message, but I'd just like to send my love right now.

    • Olivia (on her plan to climb the great wall to raise cancer awareness): The walk on the Great Wall symbolizes the cancer journey. It's long and arduous, but we'll triumph in the end.

    • Olivia: I love life and nothing intimidates me anymore.

    • Olivia: I don't know what my path is yet. I'm just walking on it.

    • Olivia: Nature is the most beautiful thing we have. It's better than art because it's from the creator.

    • Olivia: I live every day to its fullest extent and I don't sweat the small stuff.

    • Olivia: Family, nature and health all go together.

    • Olivia: I love that quiet time when nobody's up and the animals are all happy to see me.

    • Olivia: My most treasured possessions are not things, they are only things, my friends, family and animals are what counts.

    • Olivia: I'm happy, and I think being happy keeps you looking young.

    • Olivia: Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

    • Olivia: The only weights I lift are my dogs.

    • Olivia: To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.

    • Olivia: My memories are inside me, they're not things or a place, I can take them anywhere.