Date with the girls

Herald Sun - - CONFIDENTIAL -

OLIVIA New­tonJohn has met with the cast of the play, Cal­en­dar Girls, a meet­ing her niece Tot­tie Gold­smith de­scribed as in­cred­i­bly touch­ing.

New­ton-John has al­ways been one of Gold­smith’s biggest sup­port­ers, and she caught an Uber out to the re­hearsal lo­ca­tion, about 40 min­utes out of Mel­bourne.

Cal­en­dar Girls is based on the film, which tells the story of a group of Bri­tish women who make a nude cal­en­dar to raise money for the Leukaemia Re­search Fund.

As New­ton-John fights can­cer for a sec­ond time, and con­tin­ues to raise money for her ONJ Wellness Cen­tre, the story struck a chord with the Aussie su­per­star.

“I watched an early re­hearsal of Cal­en­dar Girls, and even watch­ing a cou­ple of scenes was mov­ing,” New­tonJohn said. “The cast is ex­cel­lent and I can’t wait to see the whole play.”

Gold­smith said her aunt had al­ways been an in­spi­ra­tion and an in­cred­i­ble sup­port.

“She came out on her own be­cause she re­ally wanted to see it, it was beau­ti­ful,” she said. “It was re­ally nice per­form­ing in front of her.

“I didn’t feel ner­vous at all be­cause I know she has got my back and she sup­ports me.”

CAL­EN­DAR GIRLS OPENS ON SEPTEM­BER 29 AT THE ATHENAEUM THE­ATRE IN THE CITY. FOR TICK­ETS GO TO www.tick­etek.com.au OR CALL 03 9650 1500

Pic­ture: JAY TOWN

Olivia New­ton-John (third from right) with the cast of Cal­en­dar Girls, from left: Kate Gor­man, Jenny Seeds­man, Francesca Wa­ters, Tot­tie Gold­smith, Lulu McClatchy and Abi Richard­son.

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