Olivia Newton-John and John Easterling were married this past week. See photos, video and her biography here. The couple surprised guests with a wedding instead of the 4th of July party they were expecting.
Olivia Newton-John, 59, was married for a second time in the surprise wedding. She and John Easterling, 49, were married at her home in Malibu, California. Their guests were expecting a 4th of July barbecue but found instead that they were attending the couple’s wedding. There was excitement when a brush fire broke out in a nearby canyon – but the ceremony went on without further incident. Newton-John and Easterling began dating last year. She divorced her first husband, Matt Lattanzi, in the mid-1990s after he had an affair.
Olivia Newton-John was born in Cambridge, England on September 26, 1948. She will turn 60 this year. She was the youngest child of Brin Newton-John, a professor, and her German-born mother, Irene Born, who was the daughter of a Nobel Prize winning physicist, Max Born. Although she came from a decidedly academic background, Olivia’s prevailing interests were music and singing. She has an older brother, Hugh, and a sister, Rona.
When Olivia Newton-John was 5-years old, the family moved to Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 15, she started an all-girl group they named Sol Four. Later she entered a talent TV show and won a trip to London. It wasn’t long before she was appearing on local daytime TV shows and weekly pop programs in Australia. Olivia made her first single with Decca Records in 1966, “Till You Say You’ll Be mine.”
Olivia Newton-John’s debuted her U.S. album in 1973 on MCA Records – “Let Me Be There.” She was awarded the “Most Promising Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music, and received a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist. In 1975, Olivia headed to America where her next album “Have You Never Been Mellow” had the #1 title song. The second single from the album, “Please Mr. Please” went to #3. Throughout the 70’s, Olivia Newton-John continued with a long list of hit songs. She had her own TV special on ABC called “A Very Special Olivia Newton-John.”
Olivia continued a long string of top albums, singles and awards. However, it wasn’t until 1978 when she co-starred with John Travolta in “Grease” that she rocketed into super-stardom. Songs from the movie – “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You” were hits. Newton-John continued on to other movies: “Xanadu,” “Two of a Kind” and “It’s My Party.” In 1979, Queen Elizabeth bestowed an Order Of The British Empire on Olivia Newton-John.
Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe (born in 1986), starred with her mother in the Showtime movie, “The Wilde Girls,” and she has performed on stage with Olivia recently. In 2007, it was revealed that Chloe was suffering from anorexia.
Olivia Newton-John has had her share of difficulties. She successfully battled breast cancer which was the inspiration for her album “GAIA” – a personal album in which she reflects upon her cancer experiences. She has become recognized for talking opening about her battle with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection. She partnered with the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre to create the “Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre” on the Austin Campus in Melbourne, Australia.
Pope John Paul II invited her to perform at the Vatican at the Jubilee Celebration for the Sick and Healthcare Workers. She sang “Dare to Dream” with fellow Australian John Farnham at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She even carried the Olympic Torch during the Olympic Torch Relay.
In addition to her work for breast cancer awareness, Olivia Newton-John also works on environmental issues. She has launched several product lines for Koala Blue, and she opened the Gaia Retreat and Spa in Australia.
Photos/pictures and a video of Olivia Newton-John are below.
Video: Olivia Newton-John