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Olivia Newton-John’s tryst with breast cancer

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A four-time Grammy winner with five No. 1 songs and ten Top Ten Hot 100 singles to her credit, Olivia Newton-John is one of the most talented women performers in the world.

The 1978 film adaptation of the Broadway musical ‘Grease’ featured Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in the leading roles. The release of ‘Grease’ – which turned out to be an international box office hit – led to a massive and hysterical fan following for Olivia Newton-John. With the release of the melodious foot tapping number ‘Physical’ in 1981, Olivia Newton-John not only acquired a double platinum status for her album, but also made head bands a popular fashion accessory outside the gym.

Olivia Newton-John continued to be successful, releasing one hit after another, right from the Eurovision contest song ‘Long Live Love’ to the hit duet ‘Take a Chance’ to winning several awards for her stunning performances including, the Grammy, Billboard Music, and People’s Choice, Olivia Newton-John became of the most renowned stars of the world.

On July 2, 1992, Newton-John was set to go on tour again for the first time in 10 years, however was forced to drop out after a shocking diagnosis: breast cancer. The news struck her the same weekend her father passed away, causing an outpour of sympathy from the Australian public and her fans across the globe. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor and began chemotherapy. In February 1993, she received the all-clear from her doctors – she had beaten breast cancer.

This turned out to be turning point in her career as well as her outlook towards life leader her to actively devote her life and her work to benefit women affected by breast cancer. Along with establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia, she spearheaded many campaigns that directly benefit the cause of breast cancer treatment and research.

Other celebrities who have been diagnosed with breast cancer include Christina Applegate, Kylie Minogue , Ingrid Bergman, ‘Sex and the City’ actress Cynthia Nixon and Sheryl Crow.

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