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I have al­ways had a bit of a soft spot for Olivia New­ton-John. I think it prob­a­bly stems back to be­ing a teenager in the 70s and watch­ing her in the movie Grease. And, no, it wasn’t just those skin-tight leather pants in the final scenes. I wouldn’t say I was hope­lessly de­voted to the Aus­tralian singer/ac­tress but I def­i­nitely know I am not alone in ad­mir­ing her from afar. Be­cause my view of Olivia is af­fected by rose-tinted glasses, I am ap­proach­ing the mini-series on her life, Olivia New­ton-John: Hope­lessly De­voted To You (see story p8), with an ap­pro­pri­ate de­gree of cau­tion. Olivia has not been in­volved in the project which is an im­me­di­ate rea­son to be wary. How­ever, the drama has at­tracted a top cast in­clud­ing Delta Goodrem in the lead role and New Zealand’s Robyn Mal­colm as Olivia’s mum. The mini-series has the po­ten­tial to be dire but it may also be strangely com­pelling as well. I’m cer­tainly pre­pared to give it a go and see what it is like, even just for old time’s sake.


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