Olivia Newton-John opens up about cancer, family

Olivia Newton-John (left), in a 2012 publicity photo, has completed radiotherapy and is receiving hormonal and alternative treatments. Don’t Stop Believin’ (right)
Olivia Newton-John (left), in a 2012 publicity photo, has completed radiotherapy and is receiving hormonal and alternative treatments. Don’t Stop Believin’ (right)PHOTOS: GALLERY, MICHELLE DAY, MEDIACORP

In her memoir, the singer-actress also writes about her iconic role in the 1978 movie Grease

WASHINGTON •Forty years ago, Olivia Newton-John launched a million dreams - and, later, feminist backlash - when she stepped onto a high-school field in a pair of skintight black pants, her hair tarted up in curls.

As Sandy in the movie Grease (1978), she became the embodiment of the good-girl-gone-bad, the one who ditched her cardigan for a leather jacket and swivelled her hips suggestively as she teased a gobsmacked John Travolta about how to keep her satisfied.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2019, with the headline 'Newton-John opens up about cancer, family'. Print Edition | Subscribe