Hollywood is in one of its best mornings when it was confirmed on August 8 that legendary actress Olivia Newton-John had died. The “Grease” star passed away at the age of 73, and suffice it to say songs like “Greased Lightnin’,” “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want” have never been sung or danced the same way again will.
Newton-John’s husband since 2008, John Easterling, touched on her influence in a statement confirming the news. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumph and hope for over 30 years, sharing her journey with breast cancer,” Easterling said, per CNN.
While it wasn’t long before her fans responded to the news on Twitter with many Write“She was the one we all wanted,” many of her fans can’t help but wonder what Newton-John’s life outside of the public eye was like, including her legacy and how much she was worth at the time of her death.
Olivia Newton-John gave back in a big way
Olivia Newton-John may be best known for her role as Sandy Olsson opposite John Travolta on Grease, but she’s also had an extensive catalog of credits, including her role as Kira on Xanadu, per IMDb. Not to mention that she was a musical powerhouse, snagging multiple Grammys and $100 million worth of albums during her many decades in the business. (If you happen to be singing the lyrics to “You’re The One That I Want” while reading this, you can thank Mrs. Newton-John for it.) So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Newton-John has an impressive net worth of 60 million dollars according to Celebrity Net Worth.
As it turned out, Newton-John was as generous as he was talented. She founded the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Center in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia years after she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. After being treated and achieving remission, the cancer returned in 2013, and in addition to her eponymous facility, the star has spent most of her life supporting various fundraisers. “My birthday wish is that we raise a lot of money and help a lot of people,” she told Australia’s Sunrise in August 2021 while promoting Walk For Wellness, a therapies-funding event at the centre.
Newton-John’s devotion to giving back and spreading the wealth can be traced back to gratitude. “You never know when your time is up; we all have limited time on this planet, and we just have to be thankful for that,” she told The Guardian in 2020.