On what would have been Olivia Newton-74th John’s birthday, John Travolta wrote a heartfelt tribute to his late friend and “Grease” co-star.
Australian actress Jane Tranter passed away at age 73 on August 8 after a protracted battle with breast cancer.
Newton-John has battled cancer three times, with the first diagnosis coming in 1992, the second in 2013, and the most recent in 2017. She used medical marijuana to cope with the pain as the disease advanced to stage 4.
On the occasion of his late friend’s birthday, Travolta, 68, took to social media to send Newton-John birthday wishes and a throwback photo from their starring role in the smash hit movie of 1978.
He posted the photo to his Instagram Story with the caption, “Happy birthday my Olivia.”
On the late actress’ birthday, John Travolta pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John.
After both of them were cast in leading roles, they met on set and formed a close friendship that lasted until her death a month ago.
When word of her death spread, Travolta was among the first celebrities to post a tribute to his late friend on social media.
A message to his “dearest Olivia” appeared on Instagram. We can’t thank you enough for how much better our lives are now because of you. What you accomplished was truly remarkable. A profound amount of affection for you exists in my heart.
There is a future where we will all be back together, and we will see you then.
Since the first time I laid eyes on you, you’ve been mine. This is your Danny, this is your John.
Travolta told People magazine in 2018 that the film’s massive success had brought them closer together.
“When you share that kind of meteoric success — and nothing has been able to exceed it — you share a bond,” he explained. I’ve seen her get pregnant, split up, and lose a sibling. She has witnessed my marriage and the births of my children. It’s great, and it brings back lots of happy memories for everyone.