John Travolta’s heartbreaking Oscars moment while honouring Olivia Newton-John 

Mar 13, 2023
John Travolta was became visibly emotional while honouring his close friend Olivia Newton-John. Source: Getty Images.

While presenting the In Memoriam segment during the 95th Academy Awards, John Travolta has broken down in tears as he delivered a special nod to his close friend Olivia Newton-John.

As the 69-year-old invited the attendees and those watching at home to take a moment to remember those in the entertainment industry who had passed away, the Grease star was overcome with emotion while referencing an iconic line from the 1978 classic.

“Since tonight is a celebration of the work and the accomplishments of our community in this past year, it is only fitting that we celebrate those that we’ve lost who dedicated their lives to their craft both in front of and behind the camera through their immeasurable contributions each of them left and individual and indelible mark that shared and that formed us,” he began.

“They’ve touched our hearts. They’ve made us smile and they became dear friends who we will always remain hopelessly devoted to.”

Travolta’s subtle reference to his beloved co-star and close friend was not lost on those watching at home with many taking to social media to reflect on the moving moment.

Newton-John passed away following a long battle with cancer on August 8, 2022.

The Physical hitmaker died peacefully surrounded by her family at her Southern California ranch, according to her husband, John Easterling, who announced her passing via social media at the time.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” Easterling wrote at the time.


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Travolta has paid tribute to Newton-John on several occasions following her passing, as news broke of her death Travolta shared a touching message on Instagram in remembrance of the late entertainment icon.


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“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much,” he wrote at the time.

“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!”

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