Dame Olivia Newton-John (born 26 September 1948 in Cambridge, England) is an English-Australian singer and actress.
She began her career singing in clubs and on television, eventually earning three Grammys. It was her leading role in Grease alongside John Travolta, however, that made her an international star. She attempted to channel Grease's success into her next film, Xanadu, but that didn't quite work out.
While she has continued to make music since, she has focused her life more on starting a family, establishing businesses, and activism, particularly health awareness, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.
- If Not for You (1971)
- Olivia (1972)
- Let Me Be There (1973)
- Long Live Love (1974)
- If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974)
- Have You Never Been Mellow (1975)
- Clearly Love (1975)
- Come on Over (1976)
- Don't Stop Believin' (1976)
- Making a Good Thing Better (1977)
- Totally Hot (1978)
- Physical (1981)
- Soul Kiss (1985)
- The Rumour (1988)
- Warm and Tender (1989)
- Gaia: One Woman's Journey (1994)
- Back with a Heart (1998)
- 'Tis the Season (2000)
- (2) (2002)
- Indigo: Women of Song (2004)
- Stronger Than Before (2005)
- Grace and Gratitude (2006)
- Christmas Wish (2007)
- A Celebration in Song (2008)
- This Christmas (2012)
- Liv On (2016)
- Friends for Christmas (2016)
- Toomorrow (1970)
- Grease (1978)
- Xanadu (1980)
- Two of a Kind (1983)
- Grease (1978) as Sandy Olsson
- Xanadu (1980) as Kira
- Two of a Kind (1983) as Debbie Wylder
- Glee (2010) as herself
- Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2015) as Orion
Tropes in her works:
- Double Entendre: The "Physical" music video played up the double meaning of "getting physical" in the lyrics, suggesting the song was about working out rather than sexual intercourse.
- Drowning My Sorrows: "Please Mr. Please," one of her early country-pop hits, is about a woman who goes out drinking with friends at a country bar to forget a lost love, and feels better until she hears someone play her and her lost love's "special song" on the jukebox.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Her early songs like "Let Me Be There" are more traditional 1970s country-pop. Her earliest hit single, "If Not for You," was a Bob Dylan cover.
- Genre Shift: Her early work had country and folk overtones. By The '80s, the "country" part of that was gone entirely, and she'd also soon leave her previous adult contemporary/soft rock music base behind in favor of harder rock and dance pop tunes.
- Invincible Hero: Between 1973 and 1975, five consecutive Newton-John singles reached the top 10 on Billboard magazine's Pop and Country charts and went Gold, with two of them ("I Honestly Love You" and "Have You Never Been Mellow") topping the Hot 100 chart, and she had two No. 1 albums as well.
- The Mistress: Averted with "I Honestly Love You," as the narrator tells her extramarital paramour that although she "honestly loves him," she won't see him anymore.
- Took a Level in Badass: Her starring role in Grease heralded a shift away from her previous "good girl next door" image and breathy middle-of-the-road vocals to an edgier, more sensual persona and more full-throated singing style. Her first post-Grease single, "A Little More Love," was the closest to hard rock she'd come in her career to that point. Then in 1981, she released "Physical," which shattered the goody-goody facade for good.
- Workout Fanservice: The video for "Physical" famously starts and ends with multiple handsome, muscular men working out.