Olivia New­ton-John: Hope­lessly De­voted to You

Life­time movie pro­files Aus­tralian ac­tress/singer

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Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion gleaned from the web­site Olivi­aNew­ton-John.com, ac­tress and singer Olivia New­ton-John was born in Cam­bridge, Eng­land, in 1948, but her fam­ily moved to Aus­tralia when she was 5. She is the youngest child of pro­fes­sor Brin and Irene New­ton-John. Her mother is the daugh­ter of No­bel Prize-win­ning physi­cist Max Born.

Her first big break was win­ning a tal­ent con­test on the TV show Sing, Sing, Sing. In 1963 at age 15, she formed a girl group, Sol 4, and was soon mak­ing ap­pear­ances on day­time TV shows and pop mu­sic pro­grams in Aus­tralia. She went on to cre­ate a dou­ble act, Pat & Olivia, with her friend Pat Car­roll, and the duo toured army bases and clubs through­out Europe and the United King­dom.

New­ton-John cut her first sin­gle in 1966, and has since sold more than 100 mil­lion al­bums, won four Grammy Awards as well as Coun­try Mu­sic, Amer­i­can Mu­sic and Peo­ple’s Choice awards.

In 1978 she co-starred with John Tra­volta in the very suc­cess­ful mu­si­cal Grease, and has gone on to star in less no­table movies that in­clude Two of a Kind, Xanadu, It’s My Party, Score: A Hockey Mu­si­cal and A Few Best Men. Along the way New­ton-John bat­tled breast can­cer and has been an ad­vo­cate for pro­mot­ing pub­lic aware­ness of early de­tec­tion for more than 25 years.

To find out more, check out the Life­time made-for-TV movie Olivia New­ton-John: Hope­lessly De­voted to You, which airs at 7 p.m. Satur­day. Cov­er­ing five decades, the movie delves into her pub­lic per­sona as well as the pri­vate woman be­hind the scenes.

Aus­tralian singer, song­writer and ac­tress Delta Goodrem (House Hus­bands) stars as New­ton-John, and Richard Bran­cati­sano (Chas­ing Life) plays Matt Lat­tanzi, the star’s first hus­band. Mor­gan Grif­fin (San An­dreas) plays a young Olivia, and Ge­or­gia Flood (Amer­i­can Princess) stars as her singing part­ner, Pat.

— Rose­mary Boggs

to You. Olive-New­ton John: Hope­lessly De­voted Delta Goodrem plays Olivia New­ton-John and Richard Bran­cati­sano plays her first hus­band, Matt Lat­tanzi in

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