Iconic Grease actress Olivia Newton-John died at 73 on Monday, after battling breast cancer for more than 30 years.
The “Physical” singer, who had five number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles and 15 that hit the top 10, “passed away peacefully” while surrounded by family and friends at her Ranch in Southern California.
Despite her success as a recording artist, with smash hits “I Honestly Love You” and “Magic,” and box office success with eighties film’s Xanadu and Two of a Kind, Newton-John was best known for her role as good-girl turned greaser Sandy, beside John Travolta in 1978 musical Grease.
Travolta mourned his two-time costar in sweet statement on Instagram Monday. “My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he wrote. “We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”
Fellow Grease costar Stockard Channing added, “I don’t know if I’ve known a lovelier human being. Olivia was the essence of summer – her sunniness, her warmth and her grace are what always come to mind when I think of her. I will miss her enormously.”
Hollywood joined Travolta and Channing in memorializing the “Hopelessly Devoted to You” singer on social media.
“Another angelic voice has been added to the Heavenly Choir,” shared Dionne Warwick. “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.”
“My great friend Olivia Newton John has passed away,” said Rod Stewart. “She was the perfect Lady, gorgeous, with great poise and with a certain Aussie sophistication. Her spandex trousers in Grease were my inspiration for my ‘Da ya think I’m Sexy’ era. RIP Olivia”
“A true class act whose light shined everywhere she went… she inspired us all. A wonderful mother and wife, who was grace and strength personified. Sending all of my love to Olivia’s family and friends. She’ll never be forgotten,” added Brooke Shields.