Olivia Newton-John, Grammy-Award Winning Singer, “Grease” Star, Dies at 73

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FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 file photo, Olivia Newton John performs during the Vina del Mar International Song Festival at the Quinta Vergara in Vina del Mar, Chile. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Olivia Newton-John died Monday at her ranch in Southern California, her publicist confirmed to CBS News. She was 73.

No cause of death was given in a statement on her official Facebook page, but Newton-John had been open about her decades-long battle with breast cancer.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,” the statement on Facebook said.

Newton-John burst onto the Hollywood scene with her role as Sandy opposite John Travolta’s Danny in the 1978 blockbuster, “Grease.”

A four-time Grammy Award-winner, the English-Australian superstar sold 100 million albums with songs like “I Honestly Love You,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

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Olivia Newton-John readies herself for her role in the movie version of “Grease,” in Los Angeles, Aug. 30, 1977. Ms. Newton-John star with John Travolta and Stockard Channing in the film. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

In a 2019 interview, “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King asked the actress how she had coped with her breast cancer diagnosis.

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Australian singer-actress Olivia Newton-John is photographed on Jan. 21, 1982 in Los Angeles, California. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

“Denial is really good!” Newton-John laughed. “It’s really healthy! But it was consuming my day. And after a time, I went, ‘You know what? I don’t know what my time is, but I need to enjoy my life. So, I’m going to eat a cookie if I want it. And I’m gonna have a cup of tea if I want it. And if I wanna have a little bit of wine, I’m gonna do that.’ Because the joy of life and everyday living has to be a part of that healing process as well.”

— Information from CBS News

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