Olivia Newton-John, best known as the star of the 1978 movie Grease, has died in California today at the age of 73. Newton-John is also known to Eurovision viewers as the United Kingdom’s fourth-place entrant in 1974, where she competed alongside ABBA with the song “Long Live Love”. National Public Radio reports that her husband publicized her death today on her official Facebook page.
Newton-John was born in England in 1948, but her family later relocated to Australia. Her Eurovision performance came four years before her big break in Grease, where her duet with John Travolta, “You’re The One That I Want,” became an international hit. She continued as a singer and actress for many years before leaving the entertainment industry to focus on her family. In her later years, she became an advocate for those living with breast cancer.
Olivia Newton-John performed “Long Live Love” at Eurovision for the United Kingdom, ultimately coming in a joint fourth place together with the Luxembourgish and Monegasque entries. She performed second on the night.
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News Source: National Public Radio
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