12:51 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 05/30/2013 09:25AM
Olivia Newton-John's beloved older sister, Rona Newton-John, has died after a battle with brain cancer.
"My beautiful sister Rona sadly passed on May 24th in Los Angeles. It was May 25th in Australia – which was our mother Irene's birthday," Olivia, 64, wrote on Facebook.
She adds: "Rona died of a very aggressive brain tumor and mercifully suffered no pain. She was surrounded by the love of her four children – Fiona, Brett, Tottie and Emerson, and her wonderful friends. I will miss her forever – my beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona."
Originally posted 04/23/2013 01:45PM
Olivia Newton-John, who successfully battled breast cancer in the '90s, has revealed the painful news that her older sister Rona Newton-John has now been diagnosed with brain cancer.
"As a cancer 'thriver' myself, as many people are, I am very aware of the importance of love, support and family during this journey she is about to begin," the singer-actress, 64, tells Entertainment Tonight. "I want to thank everyone in advance for respecting our privacy during this difficult time."
Originally posted 12/05/2012 03:00PM
Originally posted 01/27/2009 02:45PM
Olivia Newton-John's onetime boyfriend, who disappeared in 2005 and was presumed to have drowned at sea, may be alive after having faked his own vanishing act, according to a private investigator hired by Dateline NBC.
Former cameraman Patrick McDermott apparently slipped out of sight to escape debts and let his son cash in a $100,000 life-insurance policy, believes investigator Philip Klein.
Though devastated at the time, Newton-John did move on after McDermott was presumed to be permanently gone. In summer 2008 she married natural-health businessman John Easterling.
But, Klein told the NBC news program, the singer regularly logs onto the PI's Web site for updates on McDermott, who has been sighted nearly 20 times along the Mexican and South American coastline.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 08/25/2008 01:35PM
Olivia Newton-John, a breast-cancer survivor who feels "an instant rapport" with others who have the disease, says she is thinking of Christina Applegate and planning to connect with the Samantha Who? star during her time of recovery.
"I haven't met her yet, but I've always liked her and admired her as an actress and would like to just say 'Hey,' so I will," Newton-John told PEOPLE at Project Angel Food's Angel Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Breast-cancer survivors form a kind of sisterhood, says Newton-John, 59, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1992. Asked how her battle and recovery have helped her connect with strangers who have the disease, she replied, "We're not strangers, and particularly if you've been through something like this. I feel connected.
"You understand where they've been. There's that compassion, that connection with someone. So, I feel very lucky that I'm here. I feel lucky that I can pass on the message that I am here."
Originally posted 08/11/2008 05:00PM
Keith Urban will join Olivia Newton-John on her forthcoming album, Olivia Newton-John & Friends: A Celebration in Song, CMT.com reports.
The two will sing "Sunburned Country," which the two Australian singers co-wrote for an earlier album of Newton-John's Olivia (2).
Royalties from her new project are being donated to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center, a comprehensive center for the treatment, care and research of all types of cancer.
Originally posted 07/16/2008 02:10PM
Olivia Newton-John’s recent wedding to John Easterling came as a surprise to everyone who knows her – except her daughter, Chloe.
"My family was surprised," Olivia tells PEOPLE of her June 21 vow exchange in Peru, "but my daughter knew – I told my daughter."
It wasn't until a July 4 barbeque at her home in Malibu that the singer, 59, shared the big news with the rest of her close family and friends – and by then, she and Easterling, a natural-health businessman, had already said "I do" a second time in Jupiter Island, Fla.
Why all the secrecy? "It was the one thing I could keep private," she explains. "That's how we wanted it because my life is so public."
Originally posted 07/10/2008 01:20PM
Olivia Newton-John married natural-health businessman John Easterling in two secret ceremonies, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Only the bride and groom attended the Incan spiritual ceremony held on a mountaintop outside of Peru on June 21. The couple then returned to the U.S. and made their union legal with a beachfront wedding in Florida's Jupiter Island on June 30.
The newlyweds kept their nuptials hush-hush until a 4th of July barbeque held at the singer's Malibu home, where Newton-John, 59, surprised their guests with the good news.
Originally posted 02/20/2008 09:55AM
Olivia Newton-John, a breast cancer survivor since the '90s, will head to Asia in April trek along Great Wall of China to raise money for a cancer charity.
The singer-actress, 59, has rallied celebrity pals – including Jane Seymour, Joan Rivers, Leeza Gibbons and British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard – to join the 141-mile walk, which will culminate in Beijing, Reuters reports.
"I think it is going to be mind-blowingly exciting to see the place and to know that we are doing something that we will never do in a lifetime again," said Newton-John. "This is a lifetime experience."
The goal is to raise funds for a cancer research and treatment center in Newton'-John's hometown of Melbourne, Australia.
– Sara Hammel
Originally posted 12/06/2006 08:10AM
Olivia Newton-John is suing Universal Music Group Inc. over royalties from the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Grease, in which she played the virginal Sandy opposite John Travolta's bad boy Danny.
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