Newton-John and Travolta: A glance again at memorable moments

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta had been a pair solely after they appeared collectively on the massive display. However their platonic love for one another endured lengthy after they performed Sandy and Danny within the hit 1978 film “Grease.”

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better,” Travolta, 68, wrote Monday on Instagram after studying of Newton-John’s dying that day at age 73. “Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. 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!”

Theirs was a friendship cast within the excessive warmth of “Grease,” filmed after they had been each of their 20s. In 2018, Travolta defined the energy of their decades-long relationship.

“When you share that kind of meteoric success — and nothing has been able to exceed it — you share a bond,” he instructed Individuals because the film marked its Fortieth anniversary. “I’ve been through her having a child, getting divorced, losing her sister. She’s been through my getting married, having children. It’s wonderful and full of shared memories.”

Newton-John gave her tackle their relationship as effectively, telling Individuals, “We did something life-changing, making that film. [At the premiere] you got the feeling from the energy that something was happening. It was a huge response. I feel grateful to be a part of that and to have worked with him. We’ve stayed friends ever since.”

Travolta all the time took the time to achieve out to her when issues had been robust, she stated.

Paul Hogan, left, with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta on the 2013 G’Day USA black-tie gala in L.A.

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Over the many years, the actor-singers may very well be seen mingling at annual G’Day USA occasions selling diplomatic and financial ties between the USA and Newton-John’s dwelling nation, Australia. Travolta, a pilot who has lengthy been known as an “honorary Australian,” additionally has a long-standing relationship with occasion sponsor Qantas.

On the group’s 2013 black-tie gala, Newton-John helped current “Australian icon” honors to “‘Crocodile’ Dundee” star Paul Hogan. Travolta was named a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia that very same 12 months — a number of days after singing with Keith City at a cocktail occasion kicking off G’Day USA’s week of occasions.

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Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta attend a “Grease” Fortieth-anniversary screening in Beverly Hills in August 2018.

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Travolta and Newton-John had been additionally glorious “Grease” ambassadors within the greater than 40 years for the reason that film premiered, displaying up when Paramount Footage launched a half-dozen of its prime musicals on DVD and taking part in occasions just like the 2019 “Meet ’n’ Grease” session that adopted a film sing-along in Palm Seashore, Fla. “We love singing together,” Travolta stated throughout that Q&A. “So anything is possible.”

At a Fortieth-anniversary celebration of the film, talking on a panel dialogue introduced by the movement image academy, he stated Newton-John was his “favorite thing about doing ‘Grease.’” He remembered giving enter when she was solid: “I said there is no other person in the universe other than Olivia Newton-John to play Sandy. You must cast her.”

Newton-John wasn’t so assured. She had been in a musical earlier than and it hadn’t gone effectively, she revealed on the occasion, plus she was nervous about taking part in a youngster when she was in her late 20s.

“Then they sent John to meet me,” she stated. “And who can say no, right? This gorgeous guy walks up my driveway, [with] these bright blue eyes, and he was so sweet and melted me.”

Alas, with the great should come the dangerous. There have been two merchandise of the Travolta/Newton-John friendship which may have been higher left on the shelf.

The primary, “Two of a Kind,” was a box-office flop launched in 1983. Whereas “Grease” made virtually $400 million worldwide, the following high-concept comedy pulled in a mere $24 million. A trailer for the film even tried to promote the singing abilities of the “Grease” stars, promising “lots of good music from the stars themselves, as well as Boz Skaggs and Chicago.”

“Give me a break,” film critic Roger Ebert wrote in his “Two of a Kind” evaluation. “Don’t send me any more movies where four angels in heaven ask God to give mankind a second chance, and God agrees — on the condition that John Travolta reforms. This movie should have been struck by a lightning bolt.”

The opposite clunker was “I Think You Might Like It,” a tacky country-pop tune about gathering again dwelling for Christmas, discovered on Travolta and Newton-John’s 2012 album, “This Christmas.” It was the lone unique music on an album stuffed with vacation requirements.

The easiest way to expertise the forgettable ditty is to dive in headfirst. Simply click on play on the extremely hokey music video above and keep in mind — good associates stick collectively by means of thick and skinny. Particularly when these associates are Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.