Jane Seymour tearfully remembered her longtime buddy Olivia Newton-John, recalling how the late display screen and music legend was “such a positive light” of their closing moments collectively.
Newton-John, who died on Monday at age of 73 after scuffling with breast most cancers, had been in Seymour’s life for greater than 40 years ― the 2 initially related by way of the “Grease” star’s sister, Rona, a affected person of Seymour’s OB-GYN father.
“We had a lot of ups and downs with careers and husbands and children and life. We had a very special bond and it was pretty unique for me,” Seymour advised “Today” throughout an emotional interview on Tuesday. “I don’t think I ever had a friend that really could understand or wanted to understand what that life was like. And I really miss her.”
Seymour shared that she had the “privilege” of seeing Newton-John “not that long ago,” when she visited her house along with her sisters in tow. However by the point they arrived, the “Xanadu” star apparently had forgotten they have been coming over.
Newton-John “got the day wrong but she knew we traveled for two, three hours to get there,” Seymour recalled. “And she got out of bed, got dressed, came out on a walker — I mean, she really should not have gotten out of bed at all — and she just sat down with us for quite awhile and asked us: How are we? How was our lives? How could she help us?”
“She just looked around and said, ‘Isn’t it beautiful here?’ I said, ‘Yes it is.’ She said, ‘I just sit out here and I just look at the world. I mean, how beautiful? I look at the sky, listen to the hummingbirds, I look at that dog. Look at this life that we have. And us together after all these years.’”
The “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” star, who knew Newton-John was “really, really ill for a very long time,” was awestruck by how her buddy cared for others, even throughout her well being struggles.
“What brings tears to my eyes is that she always cared about other people,” Seymour remarked. “She always asked about me, asked about my family, about people I knew or we mutually knew who were going through cancer. She was just this positive light and amazing, amazing person.”
Seymour stated she’s going to bear in mind how Newton-John taught her that “life is a journey.”
“She just had such strength and fortitude,” Seymour stated. “As much as she was suffering, she never spoke about it, ever. She just put a smile on her face and said, ‘I’m thriving. I’m thriving.’”
In an Instagram publish shortly after Newton-John’s loss of life was introduced, Seymour expressed comparable sentiments, sharing how the star “inspired everyone with her positive attitude to life and unfailing desire to help others.”
The actor was amongst a refrain of buddies, followers and celebrities who memorialized Newton-John with loving tributes, together with her former “Grease” co-stars John Travolta, Stockard Channing and Dinah Manoff.
The beloved icon’s loss of life was introduced on Monday by her husband John Easterling, who revealed that she “passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California,” the place she was “surrounded by family and friends.”