Grease golden girl Olivia Newton-John’s life has been celebrated with an outpouring of heartfelt tributes from loved ones as they remember her on what would have been her 74th birthday on Monday, September 26.
Newton-John’s only child Chloe Lattanzi, 36, marked her “beautiful” mother’s birthday by hosting an intimate dinner party dedicated to the late actress.
Lattanzi documented the celebration with heartwarming footage which she then shared on Instagram with a caption that read “we love you mama”.
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“With my beautiful godmother celebrating my beautiful mother’s birthday,” Lattanzi says at the start of the video, as she films herself alongside her godmother Nancy Chuda.
Lattanzi then brings the camera around to show a table full of Newton-John’s loved ones, including her husband John Easterling, chatting over dinner.
Easterling had also taken to social media to remember his wife, sharing a lengthy post about a treasured memory he once shared with his wife.
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Easterling remembered the “wonderful” birthday trip they had to the Bahamas, writing about the dolphins and rainbow over the island and recalling how Newton-John had looked at him like he was a “superhero”.
“As the dolphins led us over the gorgeous aqua water, under the rainbow towards the lighthouse, we both recognized the fingerprints of the supernatural were all over this – and that’s the way we lived our life,” he wrote.
He closed his touching message by saying “every day with Olivia there was a hint of magic and everyday day with Olivia was a bit of the supernatural.”
Newton-John’s onscreen sweetheart, John Travolta, has also paid tribute to his fellow co-star with a short and sweet post.
The 68-year-old shared a photo of himself and Newton-John dressed as their Grease characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson with a caption underneath that read “Happy birthday my Olivia.”
This was Newton-John’s first birthday since passing away on August 8 after her long and reoccurring battle with breast cancer.
Easterling had announced the sad news on social media in a statement, saying “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”
Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, before overcoming the disease after undergoing a partial mastectomy and chemotherapy.
However, her cancer returned in 2013 and despite beating the disease a second time, Newton-John’s cancer came back a third time in 2017 after it had spread to her bones and developed to stage four.
Throughout her illness, Newton-John managed her pain through medical cannabis and became an advocate for its use.
Newton-John is survived by her husband John Easterling, her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, sister Sarah Newton-John, brother Toby Newton-John as well as several nieces and nephews.