There's Grease. There's Xanadu...
Petite chronomogie pratique sur la vie d'Olivia Newton-John avant la diffusion de la mini-série Olivia : Hopelessly Devoted To You !
When you think of Australian legends, Olivia Newton-John proudly sits at the top of our list.
There isn't much the 69-year-old hasn't achieved.
Now her life if being splashed across our screens with Channel Seven's mini-series Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted To You.
Before we all see Delta Goodrem bring to ONJ's history to life in the highly anticipated bio-pic, we look back at some huge milestones that shaped the Australian starlet.
Olivia Newton John was born in England on 26 September 1948 to parents Irene and Brinley "Bryn" Newton-John.
She is the youngest of three along with brother Hugh and sister Rona.
When Olivia was six, the Newton-John family relocated from the UK to Melbourne in 1954.
It was clear from a young age that Olivia was destined for something magical.
At 14, she formed her very own girl group and Olivia dabbled in TV.
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Une bien jolie performance de DELTA GOODREM & Kelly Rowland (ex Destiny's Child) sur une reprise de Chaka Khan "I'm Every Woman". Delta officie actuellement en tant que juge pour THE VOICE en Australie !
Delta Goodrem talks about most confronting scenes in Olivia Newton-John miniseries
WHEN Delta Goodrem decided to play childhood music hero Olivia Newton-John she unleashed an emotional rollercoaster.
The anxiety started early with the 33-year-old chart topper sweating on whether Newton-John would give her blessing to the Channel 7 miniseries — Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You — and that was no sure thing.
“First and foremost for me was that Olivia wanted me to do this,” Goodrem says. “When it first came up, she was open about it but then it was a ‘no’.
“Then she’d go ‘OK, maybe, I want to think about it again’. When she gave it the green light we were on the phone ten times that day. She said ‘I want you to do it’. I said ‘OK, all right Olivia if you say I’m in then it would break my heart not to do a great job for you’.”
Goodrem has to cover far darker territory including the end of Newton-John’s marriage to actor Matt Lattanzi, the failure of the Koala Blue business, a stalker, the death of parents Irene (Robyn Malcolm) and Brinley (Richard Blight), and the disappearance of long-term boyfriend Patrick McDermott.
Most confronting of all are the scenes of Newton-John’s breast cancer battle and the impact on Lattanzi and daughter Chloe.
In 2003, at age 18, Goodrem had to put her career on hold when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after discovering a small lump at the base of her throat.
Goodrem’s treatment included chemotherapy, which resulted in the loss of her hair, and radiation therapy.
“The week we did the hospital scenes it definitely took me time to wash it off again. There were a lot of heavy scenes.
“It (playing Newton-John) is a balancing act of pushing on areas in your own life — buttons that are going to hurt — but I’m really proud of the performance and thankful to be able to use them (cancer experiences) in the name of art.
“I look at it in a really healing way — that they were a gift for this moment because as you get older more things happen — more experiences and life lessons — and the colours get deeper.”
It isn’t all doom and gloom. The very first scene of Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You shows Goodrem recreating Newton-John’s star turn as Sandy Olsson in hit movie Grease.
And then there is the music — all sung by Goodrem. One of the things that Olivia Newton John: Hopelessly Devoted to You makes abundantly clear is that Newton-John has a massive catalogue of hits.
The critics at the time weren’t kind but the public lapped up early chart toppers including Let Me Be There, If Not For You, Banks of the Ohio, I Honestly Love You, and Have You Never Been Mellow.
Grease hits You’re the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and Summer Nights were followed by Physical, Xanadu and Magic.
“Olivia always strove to rise above (the critics) and she had the right intention to bring out wonderful music and strive to be a role model,” Goodrem says.
“The music is what I fell in love with first when I was a kid. To recreate those songs was incredible. I’m excited that I can introduce them to a younger generation.
“Playing Olivia as Sandy in Grease was one of the happiest days of my life. I got to set and you couldn’t wipe the smile from my face.
“I hope viewers get out of their seats and sing Grease when they’re watching it or want to go roller skating because of Xanadu.”
The soundtrack to Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You is set to be released in coming days and Goodrem recently dropped new song Think About You — but more acting is also on the agenda.
“When it came to morphing into Olivia, I speak in a different way, I changed my voice and found different mannerisms,” Goodrem says.
“It (acting) is definitely a flame that has been reignited. It started when I did Cats. I fell back in love with it. I’m so excited to find this wonderful project. This is a celebration of Olivia’s wonderful life and career. I hope the effect is love.”