OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26th, 1948 in Cambridge, England in the United Kingdom to Brinley Newton-John and Irene Born. She was the youngest born of three children and at the age of six her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia.
At the age of fourteen she had her first taste at entertaining when she became part of a all-girl music group called, Sol Four. Soon she was cast as a regular on local Australian radio and television programs such as, "The Happy Show" and "The Go Show". She also starred in the Australian telefilm, "Funny Things Happen Down Under" (1965).
After winning a trip to England from a singing talent contest she entered, she traveled to England and recorded her first single, "Till You Say You'll Be Mine" for Decca Records in 1966.
Soon along with Pat Caroll, the two formed a duo called, "Pat and Olivia" and together they would perform at nightclubs throughout Europe. Later she joined another singing group called, "Toomorrow" and with the group, they appeared in the film, "Science Fiction Musical" (1970), which was not very successful and therefore, the group broke up.
Determined not to give up on a career in entertainment, Olivia release the solo album, "If Not For You" in 1971 followed by the release of the single, "Banks of the Ohio". Her next acting role was in the telefilm, "The Case". Soon she was recording more songs and not only was her popularity increasing in Europe but she was also beginning to make a name for herself in the United States. With the release of the song, "Let Me Be There" in 1973 she earned a Grammy for Best Country Female and an Academy of Country Music Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. This award followed with also being named as the Country Music Association's Female vocalist of the year in 1974.
Now with her stardom increasing so rapidly in the United States she left England and made the move to the US. Some of her Albums to release during this time were, "Have You Never Been Mellow", "Clearly Love", "Making a Good Thing Better" and her first Platinum album, "Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits".
In 1978 she was cast in her most well known acting role in the musical film, "Grease" playing the lead Sandy. This film became a huge hit and the soundtrack remained for twelve consecutive weeks at number 1 and she earned a People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actress as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
Now with her popularity as an actress she did not neglect her music and decided to change her approach in order to make a musical comeback. She released the album, "Totally Hot" with such songs as, Deeper than the Night and A Little More Love trying to veer away from country, although the album was successful, it was still considered a country album and reached No. 4 on the Country Album chart.
Returning to the film industry, her next role was in the musical film, "Xanadu" (1980) which was a box office failure, however the soundtrack was successful. Interestingly, this film has now become a cult classic and was turned into a Broadway show.
Next she released the song, "Let's Get Physical" which she also filmed an exercise video to the song. The release of this album earned her a fourth Grammy and the song became a Top 10 Nielson hit and sold over 2 million copies.
More of her well known songs are, "Have You Never Been Mellow", "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want", "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "Magic" among many others.
Returning yet again to acting, she appeared in the film, "Two of a Kind" with her co-star, John Travolta from, "Grease", but yet again the film was a box office failure but the soundtrack saved it from being a complete disaster. Other acting roles she has added to her resume are, "It's My Party" (1996), "Sordid Lives" (2000) and "Score: A Hockey Musical" (2010).
She has also added a number of television credits to her resume such as the television movies, "A Mom for Christmas" (1990), "A Christmas Romance" (1994) and the series, "Ned and Stacey", "Murphy Brown", "Bette" and "Glee".
Although she has had a very successful career in entertainment, she has also had some issues in her personal life to battle with such as being diagnosed with breast cancer and having to undergo surgery. Also, in 2005 her longtime boyfriend, Patrick McDermott traveled out to Sea out of San Pedro, California and has never been found.
Olivia Newton-John has been honored numerous ways during her career as an entertainer. She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Recording and was awarded a Humanitarian Award for breast cancer and environmental charity work from the Red Cross in 1999. She was also named a Goodwill Ambassador in 1990 to the United Nations Environment Program. She has also received numerous nominations and wins for her music and Grammy's in 1973, 1974 and 1982.
She is passionate about such causes as "The Liv Kit" which she acts as the spokesperson for this device that is a heart shaped kit that assists women in detecting breast cancer lumps. She has also performed in 1979 at the Music for UNICEF Concert and is also a National Spokesperson for the Colette Chuda Environmental Programme. In 2008, Olivia raised funds to assist in the building of the Olivia-Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Olivia has married twice, first to Matt Lattanzi whom she wed in 1984 and together they had one daughter, before the marriage came to an end in 1995. She is now married to Amazon John Easterling whom she married in 2008 and owns homes in both Los Angeles, Florida and Australia. In 2010 she appeared in an infomercial for the, Total Gym fitness program and her most recent film role is, "A Few Best Men" (2011). On occasion she still tours and performs her music at various concerts and charitable events.
2011 A Few Best Men
2010 1 a Minute
2010 Score: A Hockey Musical
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series
2001 The Wilde Girls
2000 Sordid Lives
1998 The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice
1996 It's My Party
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
1994 A Christmas Romance
1990 A Mom for Christmas
1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark
1983 Two of a Kind
1979 Rock Concert
1976 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
1973 Sez Les
1965 Funny Things Happen Down Under