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OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

CS CONVERSATION STARTER

As Olivia Newton-John arrived stateside in the early-‘70s, she quickly became a successful crossover artist, landing hits and awards in both the country and adult contemporary music genres. Her lead role in the movie version of the musical Grease, however, led to more movie roles and transitioned her into the pop charts, where she had her biggest career hit with the album and single, Physical. Her career may have slowed by the late‘80s, but after successfully fighting breast cancer in the ‘90s, she continued to record while also being active as an entrepreneur and activist for health-awareness issues. Her continued popularity included guest appearances on shows like American Idol, Glee, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Dancing with the Stars. Even after being re-diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Newton-John continues to tour.

Q. AUSSIE SONGBIRD OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN REVISITS HER ENORMOUS HIT CATALOG WITH A VOICE THAT OVER THE DECADES HAS LOST NONE OF ITS ETHEREAL SWEETNESS AND EMOTIONAL INTIMACY. AND YES, SHE STILL HONESTLY LOVES YOU.

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BY G.K. HIZER PHOTOS BY DENISE TRUSCELLO

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20 MARCH 2018

SHORTLY AFTER PLAYING IN TULSA LAST YEAR, IT WAS REVEALED THAT YOU HAD BEEN RE-DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, THIS TIME METASTASIZING IN YOUR LOWER BACK. HOW ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING AND APPROACHING TREATMENT?

I’m doing great. I’ve done photon radiation treatment and many natural therapies, and I feel great. I postponed some of my shows from the summer after the diagnosis and finished rescheduling those in December. I am really looking forward to seeing my fans and being onstage in Tulsa.

YOU WERE ONE OF THE EARLY FEMALE ARTISTS TO STRADDLE THE LINE, EVENTUALLY CROSSING OVER FROM COUNTRY TO POP AND ROCK SUPERSTARDOM, ARGUABLY THE PREDECESSOR FOR ARTISTS LIKE SHANIA TWAIN AND TAYLOR SWIFT. DO YOU EVER CONSIDER THE ROLE YOU LIKELY PLAYED IN THAT EVOLUTION?

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