Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England, on November 26, 1948. Her mother, Irene, was the daughter of Max Born, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. In 1954, Olivia and her family moved to Australia, where her father, Brinley, became the master at Ormond College in Melbourne. There, at the age of 15, Olivia formed an all-girl group, Sol Four, and began appearing on local TV as ”Lovely Livvy.” It was prophetic nickname, as she would blossom into one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century. In 1965, Olivia and her mother moved back to England, where the young teen sang briefly in clubs with Pat Carroll and then, in 1970, in an unsuccessful pop group called Tomorrow.
Olivia cut her first solo LP, If Not For You, in 1971. The title song became her first hit, reaching #7 in the UK and #25 in the U.S. Two years later, she returned with “Let Me Be There,” which won a Grammy for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
Olivia soared to even greater heights in 1974 and 1975 with “If You Love Me, Let Me Know” and her first chart-topper, “I Honestly Love You.” The latter track earned two more Grammies, including “Record Of The Year.” 1975 brought “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “ Please Mister Please” and “I Honestly Love You.”
Olivia was offered the female lead in the movie version of “Grease,” opposite John Travolta. Although doubtful that, at 29, she could pass as a high school student, Newton-John reluctantly accepted. The result was the biggest box office hit of 1978 and added three more hits to her crown: “Hopelessly Devoted To You” plus two duets with Travolta: “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want.”
Newton-John added: “A Little More Love” and “Deeper In The Night” in 1979. In 1980, she appeared with Gene Kelly in the movie musical “Xanadu.” Two songs from the film became hits, “Magic” plus the title tune that she recorded with The Electric Light Orchestra.
Olivia’s greatest hit, “Physical,” topped the charts in 1981, staying on the Hit Parade for 26 straight weeks. 1982 brought “Make A Move On Me” and “Heart Attack” with “Twist of Fate” following in 1983. She is credited with selling more than 100 million recording world-wide.
Olivia currently enjoys living at her home in Jupiter Inlet Colony in Palm Beach County, Florida
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2008.