Celebrity birthdays: Olivia Newton-John turns 66

by hellomagazine.com Happy birthday, Olivia Newton-John! As the Grease star turns 66, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Olivia and you...

This is what Olivia, who is a Libra, can expect today:

The world, is full of people who are busily making promises to one another. Not just individuals in close working or romantic relationships. Companies, announcing in advertisements, that they have just the thing that you want. Politicians, declaring that if you vote for them, they will come through with their goods. We all know that too many promises are just as easily broken as they are made. Yet we all keep on hoping and believing. This weekend, at least, you can make a promise to yourself and be sure of seeing it through.

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Olivia Newton-John was born in England but moved to Australia at the age of six. She formed girlbands in school with friends, and by 1966 had released her first single, Till You Say You'll Be Mine Forever.

As part of the duo Pat and Olivia, Olivia toured European nightclubs, but the group never took off, and by the 1970s Olivia had decided to release her own debut album. If Not For You, the title track, was written by Bob Dylan and became Olivia's first international number one, and by 1974 she had represented the UK at Eurovision (she lost that year to Abba's Waterloo.)

By the mid-1970s Olivia was a successful pop and country artist and had three Grammy awards by the end of the decade.

In 1978 Olivia was offered the lead female role in Grease, a big screen adaptation of the Broadway classic. She was wary of playing a teenager at the age of 29, but the film became a box office success, and has gone on to become a beloved musical.

The 66-year-old's musical career continued for the next few decades, and she has worked on various TV shows, musicals, and documentaries. In recent years Olivia has taken to touring again, and now has a Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo.

Olivia has one daughter, Chloe, and is married to John Easterling. It was a second marriage for both.

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